Croatian Krafne Doughnuts

Croatian Krafne Doughnuts

A classic winter treat, Croatian Krafne Doughnuts are best made by hand from a dough as soft as hotel pillows, with a touch of lemon zest and rum or brandy, and come together in 2 hours or less. So much fun to fry and roll…

Sour Cherry Panna Cotta

Sour Cherry Panna Cotta

A faster than lightening Italian panna cotta with a beautiful velvety texture, topped with a sour cherry sauce made with Croatian cherry wine and pistachios, all providing every texture and complimentary flavor imaginable for your summer dessert from the refrigerator. Best of all, no ovens…

Hungarian (Turkey) Meatballs

Hungarian (Turkey) Meatballs

These Hungarian Turkey Meatballs made by a Croatian are browned and then finished in the oven. They sit joyously in a traditional yet lighter goulash sauce, which includes bell peppers, hot pepper, paprika, wine, and stock, only to be finished with some orzo and sour…

Croatian Plum (or Sour Cherry) Cake

Croatian Plum (or Sour Cherry) Cake

Croatians love simplicity. Prosciutto, cheese, bread, tomatoes, olives, wine. Fruit can serve as dessert. Cheese can come with breakfast. Croatian desserts mainly come from the two main cultural influences: Roman/Venetian and Austro-Hungarian. The latter is filled with tortes and custard and streusel. The former comes…

Drinking Plums with Friends / Croatian Plum Tart

Drinking Plums with Friends / Croatian Plum Tart

No matter the light that entered my family’s house, no matter which of my father’s houses that the light entered; if a holiday morning,  a quiet Sunday, a winter’s chill,  or after one of my mother’s European midday meals– My family’s Croatian link was Sljivovica.…

Croatian Almond Roll

Croatian Almond Roll

Christmas for Easter I entered the Christmas season with a plan to make 12 days of Christmas baking recipes in less than two weeks. Then, I felt overwhelmed and squeezed my time into an almost impossible plan. I like to do that, since I tend…

The Old Man’s Chicken & Spaghetti

The Old Man’s Chicken & Spaghetti

Anniversary in Quarantine I talk about my Croatian father a lot on this blog. Though it is my mother who influenced my obsessive nature, my recipe collecting, my inability to cook anything less than a full pot size meal, and my drive towards baking, my…

City of the Prairie

City of the Prairie

A Companion Essay to Cevapcici Feast Day By Maryana Lucia Vestic Cevapcici recipes found here Outskirts The crumbling facade of the apartment block stood idle under the pale Bosnian morning. No shadows existed, whether made by the Igman mountain, the remaining scorched birch trees, or…

Croatian Cevapcici

Croatian Cevapcici

Amnesia I have no memory of eating Cevapcici as a child. Wait, I’m moving too fast. For those who do not know, Cevapcici (also called Cevapci and Cevapi–Croatians sometimes like to add the ‘ci’ in the hopes of sounding more Italian) finds its history, as…

Croatian / Dalmatian Shrimp & Risotto

Croatian / Dalmatian Shrimp & Risotto

A Christmas Eve Tradition Christmas Eve in Westchester, 1985. It was our last Christmas in the only home I had ever known in life and childhood, the big California style house on the hill, the one with modern additions thanks to my Croatian born father’s…