From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food by Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden

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  • PinchOfSalt on May 12, 2015

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  • Garlicky carrots and zucchini (Czosnkowa marchewka i cukinia)

    • Zosia on September 09, 2014

      Great way to use up some of that summer squash. I cut my batons a little shorter than instructed so they were easier to handle and cooked the vegetables for only 5 minutes after they were covered until they were done to my liking. With the fresh dill garnish, it made a very pretty side dish.

  • Celery root pâté (Pasztet z selera)

    • bching on December 10, 2018

      Very tasty. We ate this as a vegetarian main course rather than a side dish. It's a lot of work and gets a lot of dishes dirty but worth it. Next time, I will cut down on the olive oil by about 1/4 cup.

  • Wiener schnitzel, Polish style (Kotlet schabowy)

    • Zosia on September 09, 2014

      Very tasty version of a family favourite. “Polish Style” means that it’s made with pork and the initial step of dredging the meat in flour is omitted with the meat dredged in a seasoned breadcrumb-flour mixture after it’s dipped in egg instead. The coating adheres best if the breaded meat is left to dry for an hour or so before cooking.

  • Master pierogi recipe

    • Zosia on January 29, 2014

      My go-to pierogi dough recipe. Works perfectly with both sweet and savoury fillings.

  • Apple latkes (Placki z jabłkami)

    • Zosia on January 29, 2014

      Family didn't care much for the "sour" flavour from the yogurt but I quite liked the tang of the pancakes. I avoided greasy pancakes by using a non-stick pan and only a fine misting of oil.

  • Plum cake (Placek)

    • TrishaCP on October 04, 2015

      This was good but a bit too sweet for me. I realized after trying this recipe that it is very similar to the famous New York Times plum torte recipe, which I prefer to this version. (You can find that recipe all over the Internet. As far as I can tell, the main difference is that this cake has more sugar than the New York Times version. I think it also calls for slightly fewer plums, an instruction that I ignored and just used as many as would fit in my pan.)

  • Cheesecake with strawberry-red currant sauce (Sernik z polewa z truskawek i czerwonych porzeczek)

    • kxa145 on December 30, 2016

      Still working on the cooking time. I've made it multiple times, each time adding up to 20 - 40 minutes of cooking time. Perhaps it's the temperature setting that I've got wrong?

  • Poppy-seed torte (Tort makowy)

    • ashallen on March 22, 2020

      Just OK, but I'm not sure it came out as author intended. Gluten + dairy-free. Weight and volume quantities in book's ingredient list don't match for granulated sugar, confectioners' sugar, poppy seeds, and almonds - I chose volumes since they looked more reasonable. Sugar quantities differ by 1-2 tbsp which is probably OK, but poppy seeds and almonds differ by 1/4-1/2 c which makes a difference. Also, this is my first torte with this many eggs (6 whites + 12 yolks!). It wasn't clear to me from recipe whether double boiler step with yolks + sugar was meant to cook (e.g to 155F=what I did) or simply warm them -need to research! Not too surprisingly, torte had an "eggy" vibe relative to other tortes in both flavor and texture - not terrible, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. Spice + orange flavors were nice and didn't overwhelm poppy seed flavor, but I missed having butter flavor. Yogurt strainer worked great for draining the ground poppy seeds.

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  • Serious Eats

    ...not only a thorough and useful investigation into the details of Polish food, but...a great resource for winter cooking. Most of the dishes are simple yet thoughtful, comforting, and well-tested.

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  • ISBN 10 1452110557
  • ISBN 13 9781452110554
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  • Published Nov 01 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Chronicle Books

Publishers Text

With more than 150 splendid photographs, headnotes that illuminate Poland's vibrant food culture, and more than 90 recipes for classic and contemporary Polish food, this unique and fascinating cookbook brings an ignored cuisine to light. Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism, and this cookbook—nourished by her engagement with the culture and food of her adopted country—offers a tantalizing look into the turbulent history of this beautiful region. In a Polish Country House Kitchen celebrates long-distance friendships with a love of food at the core, bringing the good, sustaining foods of Anne's Polish country home into kitchens the world over.

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