Recipes

Niagara is a great place to live, and especially in the fall with autumn colours around and harvest season upon us. We have a garden and usually grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and (thanks to a well designed cage to outsmart very motivated bunnies), beans. A great thing about our location is an abundance of local farms: everything from pick-your-own strawberries in June, cherries in July, to apples, pears, and peaches in the fall. We cook and bake a lot, as well as do a lot of home canning.

The recipes presented below are some of our favourites. In many cases we’ve learned how to make dishes we have enjoyed at restaurants and in other cases I have some rare European delights such as kifli. Enjoy!

Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

Since discovering pulled pork on a trip to Williamsburg Virginia in 2006 (or, as the locals called it, "Barbequed Pork" despite the fact it has never seen an actual barbeque), this has become a staple.

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Hungarian Gulyas (Goulash)

This recipe was adapted from the original recipe of the Hungarian Hall in Welland, famous (at least in the area) for their Gulyas.

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Meat Sticks

Meat Sticks

Since I was small, I always enjoyed these meat sticks which were served only at special meals like Christmas and Easter (probably owing to the relatively long preparation time). These are common in Slavic cultures and always considered a treat!

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Cherry Lattice Pie

Cherry Lattice Pie

Ahhhh, the end of July and fresh Ontario red tart cherries are out. Available only for two weeks, I buy a 5kg pail and freeze them for winter ... nothing reminds you of summer like a pie made with fresh cherries during the cold winter months. This recipe is for a cherry lattice pie in which the top crust is made of strips of pie shell dough and is one of my favorites.

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Fudge Sundae Pie

Fudge Sundae Pie

A cool treat for a hot day.

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Lemonade Pie

An excellent summertime treat, cool and easy to make!

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Kifli / Roszky

Kifli / Roszky

Known as Kifli (Key-Flea) in Hungarian or Roszky/Rozky/Rosky* (Rho-Sh-Key) in Slovak, these crescent-shaped rolls were a favourite of mine. Both grandmothers made them, the Hungarians making them larger and the Slovaks smaller. Often filled with a walnut filling, I have always preferred the moister kifli filled with plum jam (Lacvar or lekvar, pronounced 'Leck-Var').

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Lacvar / Lekvar

Lacvar / Lekvar

When I first made kifli, my Baba said don't bother making lacvar as it is a lot of work and takes too long. She then told me it's hard to find good lacvar anywhere. Hmmm, quandry? I made a batch, as per below, and when canned properly it can be kept for a long time.

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Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Rolls

If you've been to DisneyWorld in the 2000's, before Starbucks, then you might remember the oh-so-good cinnamon buns from the Main Street Bakery. Nothing, and I mean nothing, at Disneyworld could touch these for the yummy factor! Many times we'd buy a few as we were leaving the park and let the kids enjoy them the next morning for breakfast in the hotel room before starting our day.

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Baba’s Pickled Peppers

What do you do when you get a bumper-crop of peppers? Can them, of course! Here is a recipe from my Baba for her pickled peppers.

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