Kulhay Christmas Foods

Kulhay Christmas Foods

After Christmas dinner at Grandma’s house this year, I had my Grandma and Aunt Margie explain some of the traditional Christmas foods that come from their side of the family, the Kulhays. Like many of the early 20th century immigrants in the Cleveland area, the Kulhays are from Hungary. I picked four Christmas staples: Székelygulyás, Sauerkraut Balls, Töltöttkáposzta, and Christmas Jello. After the videos, Grandma and Aunt Margie graciously opened their cookbooks and shared their recipes.
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Cutting Up Watermelon

Cutting Up Watermelon

Summer is watermelon time. Since cutting up watermelons can be a pain if you don't know what you are doing, here is how to do it: I just tried this method and went from having a whole watermelon to cleaning the juice off the countertop in under 5 minutes.   I prefer gorging myself with watermelon for breakfast and dessert, but if you want something different, try adding feta, mint, lemon zest, and olive oil for a fantastic salad.

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Melon Granita

Melon Granita

Granitas are a perfect way to use up ripe, in-season fruit and make a refreshing dessert. I bought a golden honeydew at the grocery store, but didn't get around to cutting it up and eating it until it was so ripe that it wouldn't last long after being cut up. I settled on making a granita, an Italian ice-based flavored dessert that has varying consistencies across Italy. I searched through David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop (one of the best frozen dessert recipe books out there) and came across this recipe for…

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