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Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden

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Anne Applebaum and Danielle CrittendenAnne Applebaum (right) and Danielle Crittenden Frum are the authors of From a Polish Country House Kitchen:90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food (Chronicle Books LLC 2012).

Chicken-in-a-Pot

Recipe by Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden

Chicken-in-a-Pot

Danielle’s husband, David, had a great-grandfather, Louis Hirschowitz, who ate the same meal for dinner every day throughout his adult life: boiled chicken with a potato and celery. He lived to be 97 years old, kept every hair on his head and retained all of his faculties to the very end. When it was occasionally

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Poppy Seed Torte

Recipe by Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden

Poppy Seed Torte

Poppy seed cakes are ubiquitous in Poland, and are a traditional part of both Polish and Jewish (and indeed Central European) cooking. The most famous Jewish Polish poppy seed cake is probably the traditional hamantashen, the triangular pastry that is eaten at Purim. Recipes for this treat often come out hard and dry—but this poppy

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Apple Latkes

Recipe by Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden

Apple Latkes

These apple pancakes aren’t really pancakes in the American sense of the word, but something closer to apple fritters—or, to be even more precise, apple latkes. The apples are not made into a filling and then tucked into the cooked pancakes, but rather are grated directly into the batter. This is an ideal dish for

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Jazzier Beet Soup

Recipe by Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden

Jazzier Beet Soup

Barszcz or beet soup is usually made with either vinegar or lemon juice, which adds an acidic dash to the sweetness of the beets. This soup, partly inspired by a recipe from Nigella Lawson, takes that basic notion one step further and uses balsamic vinegar instead of the more traditional red wine vinegar. The soup

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