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Hungarian pickles
Assorted pickles for sale at Budapest’s central market. Todd Coleman
Table view
The author’s husband Gábor (black shirt) and her in-laws sit down at the home of Mária Keresztes Kovács in Kecskemét to a lunch of chicken paprikash, fruit soup, cucumber salad, and szilvás pite, or plum cake. Todd Coleman
The tools of the trade. Todd Coleman
Chicken paprikash
Paprikás csirke, chicken paprikash. Todd Coleman
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Hungarian cold cuts
An assortment of Hungarian charcuterie served with bread, onions, and peppers. Todd Coleman
Handful of paprika
Mária Keresztes Kovács, a home cook in Kecskemét, Hungary, cups a handful of paprika. Todd Coleman
Hungarian pickles 2
Assorted pickles for sale at Budapest’s central market. Todd Coleman
Couple cooking
Mária Keresztes Kovács and her husband László cooking chicken paprikash. Todd Coleman
Hungarian pork ribs
Zsèrban sült sertés oldalas_, braised and fried pork spareribs, served with fresh peppers and tomatoes. Todd Coleman
Bean and ham soup
Csülkös bableves, Hungarian bean and ham soup. Todd Coleman
Rolls with prune jam
Tepertős pogácsa, rolls with cracklings and prune jam. Todd Coleman
Hungarian-Style Stuffed Cabbage (Töltött Káposzta)
A thick cornmeal and smoked ham filling is rolled in blanched cabbage leaves and braised in a paprika-spiked tomato sauce in a comforting dish from Hungarian home cook Edit Szabó Gézáné. Todd Coleman