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…

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…

Burek: The King of Street Food

Burek: The King of Street Food

A History (or lack of) I have a confession to make. My mother never made a Burek in her life. I never ate Burek growing up, even though our family prepped, cooked, baked, and consumed all manner of Croatian feasts. In 1982, after our summer…

Croatian Stuffed Peppers

Croatian Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers & Kingdoms I have been eating Stuffed Peppers, Croatian-American style, since childhood. My mother was not adventurous in her recipe making and meal preparation. She created it the same way every time, but she did it well–she used green bell peppers, and mainly…

Welcome to The Storied Spoon

Welcome to The Storied Spoon

The Storied Spoon is a warm, inviting hearth full of experience, authenticity, and humor. And some lovely photos to boot. Guides to sweet and savory baking and comfort foods is at your disposal. Learn more by subscribing to our newsletter and connecting with The Storied…