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Grandma’s (American) Goulash

Now, don’t let the title fool you… Grandma definitely made traditional Hungarian goulash (complete with smoky Hungarian paprika), but this American adaptation was a favorite of mine as a child. Many might not realize that the dish was brought over to America by way of Hungarian immigrants, where it morphed from a stew into a one-pot noodle dish made with readily available ingredients. There’s lots of room for adding your own spices or vegetarian options, too! INGREDIENTS: 1 – 16

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Easy Cheesy Blintzes for Shavuot!

Cheese blintzes are traditional for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and make a delicious brunch, light dinner, or addition to your buffet table. They are slightly sweet but not dessert.  Ingredients 4 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup ricotta cheese 8 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla Instructions In a medium-sized bowl add 4 eggs and milk beat together well. Mix in 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla, and salt. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour

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“Black (Bean) Day” Korean Noodles

Black Day is April 14th and is a South Korean holiday for all of the single people who were slighted on the 14th of the previous months—Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) and White Day (Mar 14). Although more of an “unofficial” holiday, it is customary to mark the occasion by eating jajangmyeon, traditional noodles in black bean sauce. Why not give our vegetarian-friendly version a try! INGREDIENTS 1- 8oz. package dry udon noodles (or Chinese noodles) 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 medium onion (finely

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Green (Tea!) Qingtuan Dumplings

During the Qingming Festival celebrated by the Han Chinese, families travel to the graves of their ancestors and decorate the tombs with flowers and offerings of food—such as qingtuan dumplings.  While traditionally these dumplings contain mugwort leaves to give them their vibrant green color, we’ve opted for using matcha green tea powder instead.  And for those who might not be able to find adzuki red bean paste at their local Chinese/Asian market, we’ve also substituted canned kidney beans for this recipe.  

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Swedish Waffles (Frasvåfflor)

March 25th is Waffle Day in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark! Waffle Day is also the Feast of the Annunciation, upon which waffles are typically eaten. The shift from the religious celebration to Waffle Day occurred because the Swedish Vårfrudagen, meaning “Our Lady’s Day” (the Feast of the Annunciation), sounds similar to Våffeldagen (”waffle day”) in faster speech. So over time Swedes began calling it Waffle Day and celebrating by eating waffles! INGREDIENTS: • 100 g melted butter (+ some for

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Purim Hamantaschen Cookies

The Jewish holiday of Purim is a joyous celebration where families eat, drink, and even dress up in costumes! A traditional Purim treat are these hamantaschen, triangle-shaped cookies meant to resemble a 3-cornered hat. Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1 1/3 cups margarine (room temperature) 2 large eggs (room temperature) 6 tablespoons water 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups flour (all-purpose) Fillings of choice such as poppyseed, prune (lekvar), apricot, Nutella Steps to Make It Gather the ingredients. Cream together sugar

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Runeberg’s Birthday Torte (Finland)

This torte is named after the Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804–1877) who, according to legend, regularly enjoyed the sweet treat with “punsch” for breakfast. Runeberg tortes are typically eaten only in Finland and are generally available in stores from the beginning of January to Runeberg’s birthday on February 5th; however, Porvoo, where Runeberg lived for most of his life, is an exception, as some of its cafés tortes are available every day of the year. Popular legend says that Runeberg’s wife, Fredrika Runeberg,

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New Year’s Kagami Mochi

Kagami mochi is a traditional Japanese New Year’s treat that acts as a decoration in many homes during the first days of a new year. Supermarkets begin selling kagami (“mirror”) mochi in November and December, but why not try your hand at making it at home? The two mochi discs are variously said to symbolize the going and coming years, the human heart, “yin” and “yang”, or the moon and the sun. The two white discs are often topped with

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Norwegian Christmas Lutefisk

This dish definitely is not for the faint of heart! Growing up with Minnesotan grandparents, I had often heard the word “lutefisk” without any context. Learning that it has its roots in Viking plundering—supposedly the Vikings burned a fishing village who had been drying cod and the water-soaked ashes created a lye slush—lutefisk is rumored to have been brought to America on ships as it could withstand the long journey. Now it has made its mark on Norwegian-American heritage. The

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Led Zeppelin’s Lithuanian Cepelinai

Okay, okay….so maybe the title is misleading. I don’t know for a fact that Robert Plant has signed off on this exact recipe for the starchy Lithuanian national dish, but the name of these meat-and-potato dumplings does stem from their likeness in shape to the airships of yore. Try your hand at these hearty and filling Eastern European delicacies that will stick to your bones all winter long. INGREDIENTS: Dough: 6-7 lbs potatoes | 2 tsp salt | reserved starch

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