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Winter Baking SlavicCooking.com website is dedicated to traditional recipes from the Slavic Region of old Europe. The Slavic Region is represented by many nations including but not limited to Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and parts of Russia and others. This is about the home cooking of our grandparents in the old country that they brought over to the Americas.

In the 10th century the Czechs were more powerful, and in the 16th century Poland was the strongest nation in the area.Russia is now the most powerful Slavic country.

Who doesn’t enjoy pierogi, kielbasa or even Hungarian Chicken Paprikás?! Maybe you have a different version of a recipe and would like to share. Maybe you even have a story which you would like to share about your own Babchi, grandma, nana or whatever you called your grandmother.

Just click the “Home” button in the menu or the blue button anywhere located on this page and navigate your way to a recipe site that also has a history lesson included.

On this blog I hope to share with you my ideas and practices in the kitchen. Sometimes certain things done by others can lead to true and accepted short-cuts. Maybe even a more improved method of cooking and baking. At anytime you wish to add something or even find something I posted is incorrect, please feel free to comment. Cooking Slavic food, whether it be Polish, Czechoslovak, Hungarian or other countries in the region, is important to keeping our ethnic heritage alive in our traditions.

I hope that this site will grow and flourish by content with new recipes and membership. You can add your own recipes to Slavic Cooking website by registering as a member. The click the “share your recipe” button. I tried to make the process as easy as possible. Included are sections so that specific classifications are listed. Feel free to invite your family and friends to this site to be a member. Participation is key to the quality that this site can contribute in keeping our Slavic Heritage alive in traditions.


Featured Articles and Recipes:

Ketchup – Homemade Copycat Version

Is it the real thing?
Can't tell the difference

I am sure many of you would not be surprised to know that ketchup doesn’t have its origins in America but is fromthe Fujian province of China and Southeast Asia. Ketchup’s predecessor was known as ke-tchup, kôechiap or kê-tsiap in Hokkien Chinese and it is referred to a pickled fish brine or sauce. This Chinese version is actually more akin to a soy or Worcestershire sauce. During its evolution to what we have today it was slowly combined with other vegetables. It really wasn’t until about 1802 … -

Sliders – Super Bowl Mini Burgers

Bacon, Onion, Cheeseburger on Homemade rolls

You can make burgers so many different ways… Yes, this is a recipe site for Slavic Heritage cooking but it is also about Slavic-Americans. Besides baseball there is nothing more American than Football. OK, maybe Apple Pie, Basketball, 4th of July Picnic, etc. But it is almost February and the Super Bowl is coming quickly so let’s deal with the period of time at hand – Super Bowl Sunday. Bacon, Onion and Cheddar Cheese Sliders for Super Bowl Snacking You can make burgers so many … -

Best Holiday Turkey Roasting Hints

Thanksgiving Turkey

How I prepared and roasted my Thanksgiving Day’s turkey dinner should be equally awesome for Christmas Day dinner also? Well, I used the 2 hints I posted here on the blog and took a couple of pictures of my results. Over the past 8 years I buy the least expensive, plain turkeys and use a store-bought or my home-made injectable marinade in my pre-roasted turkey. When I make this myself, I use one of 2 versions: a turkey stock base with salt and spices and many times I … -

Hints – Holiday Season Turkey Cooking


We all look for having the juiciest turkey for our special holiday dinners. I stopped buying the expensive name-brand varieties that have bits of butter injected into the meat. I do it myself with a poultry syringe you can purchase at your local grocery store or online from Amazon. Holiday Turkey Cooking Hints 1st hint: For my solution to inject into the bird I just mix into about a 1 1/2 cups of water crushed garlic, finely chopped onion, salt, course pepper and any other herb you may … -

Getting Started with Sweet Dinner Rolls – 2014

sweet dinner rolls thanksgiving

Yesterday I began cooking/baking by making some sweet dinner rolls. Danny also wanted me to make some buns for burgers last night as well. So I did both! The majority of the rolls I bagged and put in the freezer as soon as they cooled. You never want to put bread in the fridge as this would crystallize the starches and have the bread feel stale. The rolls I left out we had with dinner and came out as one of my best bread baking experiences to date using my … -

Hints – Recycle Empty Can

Recycle can

I was trying out a new recipe and was trying to think of a way that would be different. I thought how biscuits are cut after rolling them out but I didn’t have a cutter. I knew the local grocery store didn’t have plain round cutters and I never seen them at Walmart. The only cutters they have are the ones with shapes. You know like hearts, stars, candy canes, trees, etc. Helpful Ideas: Use Of An Empty Can I remembered that I had an empty vegetable can on the … -

Hints – Harvest Time Purchasing: Bell Peppers

Preparing bell peppers for freezing

With the fall many cool weather locally grown vegetables and fruits are ready to be harvested from our gardens. If in the colder areas, you will find a good variety from the states in our grocery stores and food markets – and on sale. One particular vegetable I buy and then freeze are bell peppers – green, yellow, orange and red. Helpful Ideas: Fall Harvest Bell peppers are great for freezing. Even when frozen and then thawed they hold onto their flavor and crispness. All you need to do is … -

Cheesecake – New York Style

New York Style Cheesecake

Cheesecake is a beloved dessert around the world. While many assume that it has its origins in New York, it actually dates back much further. Let’s go back over 4,000 years to ancient Greece! Sit back, grab a creamy slice of cheesecake and learn all about this dessert’s rich history. The first “cheese cake” may have been created on the Greek island of Samos. Physical anthropologists excavated cheese molds there which were dated circa 2,000 B.C. Cheese and cheese products had most likely been around for thousands of … -

Chicken and Pasta (Kurczaka i Makaronu) – A Simple Lunch

Chicken, Chicken&Pasta, Pasta

After trimming some the chicken when I made Chicken Kiev for my birthday last weekend (September 26) I put the pieces aside for use later. Well, later was for lunch the next day. With out getting into a detailed recipe I will simply just let you know all that I did. As the title says, this was just something quick and simply put together. Chicken and Pasta (Kurczaka i Makaronu) I used ingredients that I had laying around and of course the left-over chicken which I cut into about 1 … -

Chicken Kiev – My Birthday Dinner

Chicken Kiev, Russian, Ukraine, recipe

Chicken Kiev is not of Ukrainian origin as the name Kiev would imply. The name “Chicken Kiev” was given to this chicken dish by early New York restaurants to try and please the many new Soviet immigrants who have come to the U.S. And even though this is not technically a Ukrainian meal I still listed it under the Ukrainian Menu tab. In Russia during the 1700s, the aristocrats became very interested in French cuisine. They would send their Russian chefs to France to be trained or would … -

Buns for Hamburgers or Sandwiches

Recipe for Hamburger Buns made with honey

I made these hamburger (or sandwich) buns on a whim. I had a lot of homework for my Business Management classes and didn’t feel like running to the store for some lame rolls for dinner. I was going to make hamburgers and wanted to try a new recipe I was working on so I decided to throw together the ingredients and while the dough was rising I could get more of my homework completed. I’ll post the recipe soon with more pictures. I used honey in these rolls and … -

Pretzel Buns and Rolls


The pretzel, in German, brezel, is a type of bread product made from dough that most everyone thinks of as the knot-like shape. Pretzels originated in Europe, most likely among monasteries in the Early Middle Ages. In Czech the pretzel is known as preclík, in Polish it is precel, in Serbian it is pereca, and in Hungarian it is perec. Pretzel Bread and Buns So, how did pretzel buns come to be so popular today and who started this new trend? Let’s first start with where did … -

Hawaiian Sweet Bread – Homemade


Homemade Hawaiian – style sweet bread. Here is a something that I decided to make today with my new Kitchenaid Pro 600 Mixer. This was the first major bread making I put the mixer through since getting it. The mixer worked well and so far I’m impressed. I started early this morning making several small batches by hand to test different ingredients and their amounts to get the best flavor, texture, sweetness and consistency. I might make some changes later when I do this identical recipe to make … -

Brine Chicken Before You BBQ


       Summer is a major time for backyard and park-site barbecuing starting from Memorial Day through Labor Day for most of the United States – longer in the warmer climate areas. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chops, ribs and chicken. You can just taste all that food cooking even before you step outside.      Hamburgers and ribs have their own natural juicing qualities by the way of fat throughout the meat. You also can’t go wrong with chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are awesome baked, deep fried and grilled. That’s because they … -


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