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Rediscovering my heritage through cooking. From my Slovenian Roots Quest blog and other sources. Dober tek!

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Slovenian Roots Quest: Potica: A Step-by-Step Guide to Slovenian Nut Roll. Slovak Recipes, Lithuanian Recipes, German Recipes, Lithuanian Food, Hungarian Recipes, Potica Recipe Slovenia, Lactose Free Quiche Recipes, Kolachi Recipe, Nut Roll Recipe
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Potica: A Step-by-Step Guide to Slovenian Nut Roll

The last time I posted my family's potica recipe, I promised that I would add an expanded version of the instructions, along with step-by-step photos. Suddenly, the year is drawing to a close. So here it is. There are at least four generations of potica bakers in my family. As a child in Cleveland, I used to watch my Slovenian-American grandma roll out the dough on her kitchen table. I learned to make it from my mother. My sister and I have passed the recipe along to our sons, who have…

Slovenian Roots Quest: New for Gluten-Free Potica--with Amazing Almond Filling! Gluten Free Baking, Gluten Free Recipes, Benefits Of Gluten Free Diet, Raw Salmon, Gourmet Recipes, Healthy Recipes, Lunch To Go, Buddha Bowl, Gluten Free Breakfasts
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New for 2015: Gluten-Free Potica--with Amazing Almond Filling!

Gluten-Free Potica, with almond & walnut fillings Why would anyone attempt to bake a gluten-free potica? Good question. It requires a spirit of adventure. A strong incentive, like a family member or friend who is trying to avoid wheat. And the approaching Christmas holidays, which just aren't the same without Slovenia's most famous dish. That's what brought me to this point. I undertook the challenge with trepidation, because I am new to the world of gluten-free baking. It's been just a…

Buckwheat žganci is a typical Slovenian dish. Buckwheat žganci is cooked buckwheat flour, mixed with part of the water in which it is cooked. Buckwheat žganci can be served buttered with cracklings, and is often served with milk. Slovenian Food, Cooking Red Potatoes, Cooking Dried Beans, European Cuisine, European Dishes, National Dish, Croatian Recipes, Lunch To Go, Buckwheat
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Žganci: Mysteries of Buckwheat

Žganci is one of a handful of quintessentially Slovenian dishes. There is an entire page devoted to it on a government website: Žganci, Always and Forever. But it's hard to classify. The Progessive Slovene Women of America call it buckwheat mush (ajdovi žganci) and include it in the "Bread-Biscuits-Mush" section of Treasured Slovenian and International Recipes. The American Slovene Club, in Our Favorite Recipes, classifies it as a potato substitute, and refer to it as buckwheat crumbles…

Poppy seed filling may be an acquired taste, but I have always loved the assertive, slightly musky flavor. I associate it with Christmas. Serbian Recipes, Czech Recipes, Hungarian Recipes, Serbian Food, Poppy Seed Recipes, Poppy Seed Filling, Slovenian Food, Acquired Taste, Rolls Recipe

At last: Homemade Poppy Seed Filling

Poppy seed filling may be an acquired taste, but I have always loved the assertive, slightly musky flavor. I associate it with Christmas. Of course, I did grow up in Cleveland, an ethnic town that was home to many people with Eastern European heritage. I never did associate poppy seed filling with potica. (The very idea would have been sacrilege in my family!) I was most accustomed to it in Danish pastries and in those delicate filled cookie-pastries like the ones at the top of the page…

Slovenian Braided Bread, or Bosman I love hearing from readers. Last month, a charming woman named Sara sent me a question about a . Slovenian Food, Cooking Dried Beans, Braided Bread, European Cuisine, American Kitchen, Breakfast Toast, Instant Yeast, Russian Recipes, How To Make Light

Slovenian Braided Bread, or Bosman

Slovenian Braided Bread, or Bosman I love hearing from readers. Last month, a charming woman named Sara sent me a question about a traditional Slovenian bread she learned to make from her mother, called menihi or monk's bread. She included a photo of a gorgeous, braided loaf that reminded me of challah, the popular Jewish Sabbath bread. Had I ever heard of it? The name didn't ring a bell, but I had seen images of Slovenian breads that sounded similar. I started to search. No monk's bread…

American Slovenian Nut Horns (rogljički) for Graduation Day Slovenian Language, American Kitchen, Graduation Day, Horns, Cooking Recipes, Sweets, Cookies, Breakfast, Ethnic Recipes

American Slovenian Nut Horns for Graduation Day; On To Slovenia!

This is the second installment of my cookie "show-and-tell" for my Slovenian language class in late May. I was the only beginner when I joined the ongoing language class at San Francisco's Slovenian Hall in January. Five months later, I was still playing catch-up. I knew the end-of-term presentation would be a challenge, because some of it had to be done in Slovenian. I felt like a third grader as I tried to use simple, halting language to tell a complicated story: how my maternal heritage…

I did a double-take when I first came across a recipe called Putizza di Noci, or Trieste Yeast Roll, in The Book of Jewish Food , by th. Sweet Dough, American Kitchen, Yeast Rolls, Jewish Recipes, Yeast Bread, Deserts, Dishes, Chocolate, Cooking
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Putizza di Noci: Slovenian-Italian-Jewish Fusion = Chocolate Potica!

I did a double-take when I first came across a recipe called Putizza di Noci, or Trieste Yeast Roll, in The Book of Jewish Food, by the noted food writer Claudia Roden, who grew up in Cairo. Roden described it as a favorite family dessert for Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year. But there was no denying it: This was an Italian version of Slovenian potica—with a filling of nuts and chocolate. The source of the recipe, according to Roden, was the family's "Slavic nanny" from Trieste. This…

Slovenian Roots Quest: The Poor Man's Potica: Pisani Kruh White Wheat Bread, Whole Grain Bread, Famous Immigrants, Yellow Corn, American Kitchen, Pan Bread, Dry Yeast, Cinnamon Rolls, Dessert Recipes
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The Poor Man's Potica: Pisani Kruh

Does the photo above look like potica? It should. But it's not. That dark spiral could pass for one of the familiar sweet fillings--walnut, poppy seed, or even chocolate. But it's really a moist, tangy layer of buckwheat yeast bread. The lighter spiral is actually two different layers of yeast bread: yellow corn bread and white wheat bread. The Slovenian name for this unusual fool-the-eye creation is pisani kruh or multicolored bread, sometimes translated as motley bread or tricolor bread…

Belokranjska pogača is one of Slovenia's official EU-protected specialty foods. Although the name means "pogača from. Pogaca Recipe, Serbian Recipes, American Kitchen, Sticky Buns, Specialty Foods, Pastry Recipes, Slovenia, Bagel, Food Art
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Belokranjska Pogača, Slovenia's answer to focaccia

Belokranjska pogača is one of Slovenia's official EU-protected specialty foods. Although the name means "pogača from Bela Krajina," it is often translated as "caraway flatbread" or "salted cake." When I first spotted this delicacy on the official Slovenian tourist website, here, I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about.Yeast-raised flatbread is hardly unique to Slovenia. Many Balkan countries have their own versions of pogača (poe-gotch'-a). So do Italians, who call it by a more familiar…

Just in time for the holidays, I have discovered a wonderful new addition to the Slovenian dessert menu: walnut syrup cake, or orehove re. Syrup Cake, American Kitchen, Desserts Menu, Meatloaf, Goodies, Favorite Recipes, Roots, Cooking, Cakes
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Walnut Syrup Cake (Orehove rezine)

Just in time for the holidays, I have discovered a wonderful new addition to the Slovenian dessert menu: walnut syrup cake, or orehove rezine ("walnut slices"). I've had my eye on this recipe for some time. I found it in my favorite modern cookbook, The Food and Cooking of Slovenia, by Janez Bogataj. The source is impeccable, but I hesitated to make it, because the recipe struck me as unusual. And I'd never seen it anywhere else, so I wondered if this was really a traditional Slovenian dish…

Slovenian Roots Quest: Slovenian Dinner Week Bograč, Goulash Soup to Revive a Weary Traveller Goulash Soup, Stew, Slovenian Food, American Kitchen, World Recipes, Pork Loin, Salad Recipes, Cabbage, Curry
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Slovenian Dinner Week 32: Bograč, Goulash Soup to Revive a Weary Traveller

Menu Bograč (Slovenian Goulash Soup) Crostini Green Salad (dandelion greens with cabbage, tomatoes, and zucchini) Goulash soup was the very first thing I tasted on my trip to Eastern Europe. My husband and I, along with my in-laws, had just arrived in Vienna, after seventeen hours of flying. Our guide pointed us in the direction of an airport café, where we had an hour to pass while she waited for a few more members of the tour group to arrive. We had departed from San Francisco at seven in…

Last spring , I discovered Slovenian Easter eggs or pirhi. Until then, I had just one Slovenian Easter tradition: Poti. Egg Dye, American Kitchen, Easter Traditions, Easter Eggs, Onion, Traditional, Fruit, Cooking, Recipes
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Eggs Dyed with Onion Skins for Easter (and Passover)

Last spring, I discovered Slovenian Easter eggs or pirhi. Until then, I had just one Slovenian Easter tradition: Potica. My Slovenian language teacher piqued my interest, when she gave each of us a "pisanica." These hollowed-out, intricately decorated black-and-red eggs are a traditional folk art that is practiced in Bela Krajina, a region in southeast Slovenia. Similar styles of egg decorating are found in other parts of the country. That first beautiful egg (in the upper left in the photo…

Slovenian Roots Quest: Sweet Omelet Sponge for Father's Day Breakfast Father's Day Breakfast, American Kitchen, Omelet, Sponge Cake, Fathers Day, Roots, Pie, Yummy Food, Dishes
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Sweet Omelet Sponge for Father's Day Breakfast

What does this photo look like? A sponge cake? A soufflé? A giant pancake? This traditional Slovenian dish is called Pohorska omleta--in English, Pohorje omelet. It is a sweet egg-based dish from Pohorje, a mountainous area in the northeastern part of the country. I had seen photos and recipes on a few of the Slovenian government's tourist websites that proudly feature traditional national dishes. Not much to this one, I thought. Just a sweet omelet that is lightened with beaten egg whites…

Slovenian Roots Quest: Slovenian Angel Wings: Baked Flancati, A Healthier Update on a Traditional Treat American Kitchen, Polish Recipes, Beignets, Angel Wings, Tis The Season, Cookie Recipes, Food And Drink, Sweets, Traditional
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Slovenian Angel Wings: Baked Flancati, A Healthier Update on a Traditional Treat

My grandma used to make us a sweet, beignet-like treat we called by their American name: Angel Wings. Slovenians call them flancati (flan-tsa-tee) or sometimes pohanje. She twisted strips of dough into fanciful knots and shapes and plunged them into a simmering pot of oil. (Back then, it might have been Crisco, perish the thought!) They emerged brown and crispy, ready to be mounded on a plate, buried in a snowstorm of powdered sugar, and inhaled by a tribe of hungry grandchildren. I don't do…

Kasha Mediterranean: A Smokey, Slovenian-inspired, Gluten-free Salad Famous Immigrants, Mediterranean Pasta Salads, American Kitchen, Healthy Recipes, Free Recipes, Potato Salad, Gluten Free, Dishes, Roots

Kasha Mediterranean: A Smokey, Slovenian-inspired, Gluten-free Salad

This unusual dish was the creation of a Slovenian American Facebook friend named Josef. He took a familiar Mediterranean pasta salad as the foundation and then added some twists to reflect his Slovenian heritage. He calls it Kasha Mediterranean. Here are the special ethnic touches: Kasha or buckwheat groats, a Slovenian staple, instead of pasta. Paprika, to reflect the Hungarian-influenced cooking of Prekmurje, a northeast border region. Pumpkin seed oil from Styria, a Slovenian-Austrian…

Prekmurska Gibanica, or Slovenian Strudel Pie Here is my recipe for prekmurska gibanica. Or, if you prefer an English name, Slovenian. Strudel, Cooking Panda, Cooking Kale, How To Cook Kale, American Kitchen, Holiday Traditions, Holiday Treats, Pie Recipes, Favorite Holiday
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Prekmurska Gibanica: My All-American Slovenian Strudel Pie Recipe

Prekmurska Gibanica, or Slovenian Strudel Pie Here is my recipe for prekmurska gibanica. Or, if you prefer an English name, Slovenian strudel pie. I tasted this traditional dessert during my first trip to Slovenia. It is an unusual and tantalizing pastry with alternating layers of paper-thin strudel or filo dough and a series of fillings: apple, cheese, walnut and poppy seed. It is a specialty from Prekmurje, the part of Slovenia that borders Hungary. The European Union has recognized it as…