Monthly Archives: March 2014

Visiting the Czech Republic

February saw the travelers in CZECHOSLOVAKIA. It is bordered on the west by Germany, by Austria on the south, on the east by Slovakia, and Poland is to the north. Its capital and largest city, with 1.3 million inhabitants, is Prague A county with a violent history, renowned for musicians (Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana), scientists (Johan Gregor Mendel and Sigmund Freud), writers (Franz Kafka), cathredrals, and festivals its cuisine hasn’t changed much since its early history. Beef, pork, breads, cheeses, grains are still a big part of the diet and the country is always open to new ideas in just about every thing.

Czechoslovakia was Margaret’s pick. She said she chose it because she lives in a community settled in the early 1900s by Czech immigrants. Yearly festivals, historic homes, and friendly people are all part of her area. So let’s start with her dish.

KOLACHES

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While Kolache means pastry or sweet in the US it has become synonymous with a bread like dessert filled with cream cheese, jam, or poppy seeds. It is probably the most popular treat at the festivals.

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Peggy made POTATO PIE

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served with pork and sauerkraut it is the perfect Czech meal.

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Traveling with us this month was also Stephanie who made us Obložené Chlebíčky which are lovely deli sandwiches…

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… made with hard salami, provolone cheese, sweet pickle, a slice of tomato, and a slice of boiled egg or potato salad, then was topped with ham, muenster cheese, sweet red pepper, a slice of boiled egg, and a dash of paprika. All typical Czech deli fare. Her sandwich buffet is wonderful!

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And from Joanne we have Potato Pancakes aka Bramboracky

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These ‘pancakes’ are a poplular dish with many of the countries in the area of Czechosolovakia. Joanne’s look light and crisp.

It has been pretty chilly in the US this winter, so for March we are moving to a warmer place – BELIZE. Thanks to Peggy for March’s country.

Categories: Desserts, potatoes, World Cuisine | 2 Comments

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