Chanukah Happening at Hungarian! Sunday December 14

Celebrate Chaukah at Hungarian Kosher Foods

This Sunday, December 14

Enjoy Chanukah Music,  Purchase our book, Food Family and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances – for all your gifts. This Sunday, December 14 ONLY and ONLY IN-STORE: 20% discount.

Buy all your paper goods, candles, oil, dreidels and chanukah gelt, latkes and applesauce for your chanukah celebrations plus enjoy Sufganiyot prepared by North Shore Bakery.

And speaking of Sufganiyot, Why is Sufganiyot better than Sufganiyah?

Because (in Hebrew) sufganiyot is plural, sufganiyah is singular, and who can eat just one round jelly donut at Hanukkah? These deep-fried donuts are eaten in Israel and around the world during this holiday season to observe the custom of eating fried foods in commemoration of the miracle of the Temple oil. Bakers and grocers sell the sufganiyot singly and by the box, and in Israel bakers hold competitions to vie for the “best” version, to be decided by local food critics. At their simplest, sufganiyot are a round, deep-fried donut injected with a red jelly filling and dusted with powdered sugar. But gourmet versions can be filled with dulce de leche, vanilla or chocolate cream (in which case they are dairy) and even highly potent araq. According to Wikipedia, Angel Bakeries, the largest bakery in Israel, fries more than 250,000 sufganiyot every day during the eight-day Hanukkah festival.

While we are not going to prepare 250,000 sufganiyot at Hungarian Kosher Foods this Sunday, December 14, we promise to have enough for everyone. Do stop by! From 11 am to 1 pm, North Shore Kosher Bakery demonstrate the art of making sufganiyot. And if you miss our sufganiyot on Sunday, then you can always order them for your Chanukah Celebrations!

And order all the latkes you need for your Chanukah parties – made fresh in our kitchen daily.

See you on Sunday; Wishing everyone a Chanukah Sameach!

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City Winery Chicago Wednesday November 19,2014 – 7:00 pm

I am excited to share with you that we will be having an event: food and wine tasting at City Winery in Chicago on November 19 at 7:00 pm. Here is the description of the event ,which is on City Winery’s website.

Description of Event

Join Lynn Kirsche Shapiro, author of Food Family and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances, as she shares with you the journey of writing her book while inviting you to sample tastings of some of the original, authentic Hungarian Jewish recipes, along with a glass of kosher wine. Share the culture and the history of Eastern European food through the dishes and the memories shared by Lynn. The book is perfect for this time of year; pick up a signed copy and purchase an extra one for a gift.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the following link:

I hope you can join us for this exciting evening!


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Getting in the Mood for Rosh Hashana at HKF

Want to get in the mood for Rosh Hashana? Just come into Hungarian Kosher Foods! As you enter you will smell the aroma of the fresh baked honey cakes, as well as the chocolate and cinnamon rugalach. This year, we have Yakov, a baker straight from Tel Aviv, who is baking daily at Hungarian and taking orders for Yom Tov.

As you enter and pass the registers, you can pick up the latest Jewish papers, local as well as Israeli. Find out the latest news that is affecting Am Yisrael. And then you come to the produce, where you know for certain that we are close to Rosh Hashana – just look at all the “new fruits” you can purchase. Try some and let us know what you think. We have quinces, which have a beautiful fragrance when they begin to cook. For some recipes, you can purchase our new cookbook/memoir Food Family and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances. You will find 2 recipes for quinces, one is for quince preserves, and is well worth the effort, even just for the aroma that wafts through the  kitchen as the quince cooks. But if you do not have the time  for preserves, just add quinces to your fruit compote for a light refreshing fragrant flavor. We have so many varieties of apples – which is your favorite? Try a few and test out the different flavors as you dip your apple in honey.

Continue walking through the store. Meet your friends. Try our fresh home-cooked foods, prepared specifically for the traditional Rosh Hashana meals. Pick up everything you need, from cooked foods to fish, to groceries and even paper goods.

Rosh Hashana is in 2 days! SO, get in the mood….Come to HKF – Hungarian Kosher Foods!

From our family to yours, we wish you a Healthy Year, Ketiva VaChatima Tova –

Shana Tova to you all!


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Introducing The Cherry Press Website

For everyone who has been waiting to get more information on our new book, Food Family and Tradition; Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances by Lynn Kirsche Shapiro, here is the latest news. The website for The Cherry Press, which published the book, has just gone live. You can go there to read about the development of the book, to see photos of some the recipes, to find new recipes and if you have not yet ordered the book on our website, you now have a choice: you can either order the book on our website (go to our home page and scroll to the bottom) or order on The Cherry Press.

Whatever your choice is, do not miss out on the opportunity to buy the book. Sit down with a cup of coffee, or a “glazele” tea, and read the stories and history of Hungarian/Czech Jewry prior to the Nazi invasion and the Holocaust. Read about the seemingly small acts of kindness and humanity by Survivors during the Holocaust and about how they rebuilt their lives with courage and optimism.  And then learn about the strong, vibrant Jewish community of Munkacs which existed under communism during the Soviet rule. Prepare the recipes, sit around the table with your family and friends and enjoy the foods our family has enjoyed for generations.

And please stay in touch. Send us your comments and your stories and recipes.

Wishing you and your family a “gut gebencht yaar”, a Shana Tova.


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