Category Archives: Breakfast

 Creamy Polenta (Slow Cooker Method)

I have made polenta various ways over the years and have found that my favorite method for achieving creamy polenta is to start it on the stove and then transfer it to a slow cooker to simmer. Prepared this way, … Continue reading

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Hungarian Poppy Seed Cake

This is another delicious holiday recipe which came to me from my cousin Connie. It is called a cake, but it really is a sweet bread. The recipe makes 6 loaves that freeze beautifully, wrapped in plastic wrap then foil. … Continue reading

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Lemon-Lime Curd

I’ve experimented with lemon curd over the years but never found a recipe with the flavor balance I was looking for.  I prefer it on the lighter side by making the curd with whole eggs rather than yolks. I also … Continue reading

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Chutney Spread 

This is a nice sweet and savory appetizer option for the holidays. I used homemade plum apple chutney for this recipe but you can use another fruit flavor. The sweet tart of the chutney mixed with cream cheese, creme fraiche, … Continue reading

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Croissant Bread Pudding

This bread pudding recipe, a nice alternative to pie for Thanksgiving or other occasions, was given to me by my friend Kim. I’ve modified it slightly to suit my taste. It is wonderfully rich and delicious, a special occasion treat. … Continue reading

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Belgian Waffles and Pancakes

Now that the weather has shifted to cooler mornings I have begun to crave a hot breakfast. This all-purpose waffle and pancake batter is one my mother used when we were growing up. She had a heavy, well-seasoned cast iron … Continue reading

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Peach Mango Fruit Compote

Last weekend I hosted a dinner party for which I cooked Indian food and wanted something fruity to accompany it. Peaches are still in season here and they marry well with the flavor of mangos, so I made this uncooked … Continue reading

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Hungarian Babka

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I’ve talked with my oldest Italian cousins about Easter traditions during their childhood, when my grandparents were still alive, several mentioned that on Easter morning there was fresh baked yeast … Continue reading

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Sfingi (Ricotta Fritters)

Sfingi are ricotta fritters typically served in Italy and Sicily for St. Joseph’s Day on March 19th. They are sometimes called zeppole. I have several family recipes for them, but the one I like best is adapted from my aunt … Continue reading

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Orange Sage Cheese Spread

Orange mixed with sage is one of my favorite winter flavor combinations. It is particularly good in this cheese spread. If it is available, I use Laura Chenel’s chèvre for the creamiest texture and best flavor. The spread can be … Continue reading

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