Flan

Flan

It’s quick and easy and I’ll bet you already have what you need in your pantry and fridge. My wife and I went to a Mexican restaurant. After a great meal we decided to share a dessert and chose the flan. We were disappointed. I told my wife I could make better and I was right. I hunted around and after looking a number of recipes, I took the best of suggestions and came up with this recipe. You can…

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Beef Belly, Its a Thing!

Beef Belly, Its a Thing!

It happened. I got sucked in by the slick, low-key video on Facebook and the tasty looking meat. Damn you Agridime.com This link will take you to their page. Beef Belly (Beef Navel) is a primal cut and it’s much like pork belly. You can cure and smoke it to cut up as bacon or cook it low and slow. And then there are burnt ends which is how I decided to prepare it. It is a bit of chore…

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Florida/Virginia 2023

Florida/Virginia 2023

In February, we went on our annual trip to Hamcation in Orlando. Afterwards, we visited our friends, Wendy and Dan in southern Florida for a couple of days, as we do every year. While there, we explored the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, a bird and wildlife sanctuary. We went on to Virginia to visit Maggie, Justin, and the kids, a nice family visit. Maggie, Skylar, and Lenore spent a day at Seaquest in Lynchburg, then another day everyone…

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A Tribute to Maria Kalotai

A Tribute to Maria Kalotai

Obituary Maria (Fazekas) Kalotai, age 89, a longtime resident of Norwalk, CT, passed away on August 2, 2022 at Norwalk Hospital. She was the loving wife of the late Charles Kalotai.  Maria was born February 20, 1933 in Und, Hungary, the daughter of the late Janos and Theriza Prikosztovits Fazekas. She and her husband came to this country in 1956 as refugees from Communist Hungary. Maria worked as a Housekeeper for many local families and befriended many of them……………… Read…

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Turkeys on Parade

Turkeys on Parade

There is a harem of turkeys (look it up, it’s real) of 2 adult hens and numerous poults has taken up residence in our neighborhood. They browse the many yards and woods in the area and on occasion, hold up traffic.

Kovászos Uborka

Kovászos Uborka

Kovászos Uborka (Hungarian Fermented Pickles)   I was introduced to these pickles when I was a kid. Katicaneni (my great aunt) used to make them from the bounty of cucumbers that came from Igancbaci’s garden. Jars would be sitting on a table in the front of the porch with tea saucers covering the top. You could see the cloves of garlic and fronds of dill in the brine. It seemed like magic when cucumbers went in and a few days…

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Ignacbácsi’s Hungarian Onion Soup

Ignacbácsi’s Hungarian Onion Soup

This is a quick and easy recipe for onion soup with a Hungarian twist. The soup evokes memories of snowy winter days when I would go over to my great uncle’s house (Ignacbácsi) and shovel out his driveway. As you would expect of any proper Hungarian, he insisted on feeding me. This soup and some rye bread would be waiting for me to thaw me out. The recipe below makes two hardy servings and can easily be scaled up.  …

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JK’s  Scampi

JK’s  Scampi

JK’s  Scampi This is  a quick and easy recipe that can be made as your pasta cooks. The important thing is to use a wine you enjoy drinking to make it. We picked up a case of wine when we visited Winery on the Gruene in Gruene, Texas some time back. The German style Gewürztraminer is not traditionally what you think of when you make Scampi. On the other hand, I’m a Hungarian cooking Italian cuisine. What the heck, it…

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