Menu: Czech Republic

I walk around all winter long with a frozen nose. In fact, Mr. Picky tells me my nose is a lot like a dog’s nose, minus the moisture. I also wear socks to bed year round. Even with thermal socks, Mr Picky lets out a blood curdling scream when our toes touch. What can I say – my circulation is poor.

And, yet… all this changed with our Czech Republic Global Table. My ice cube toes and nose are no longer. Hurrah! Fun, festive, and hot – these dishes will really thaw you out. Thank you, Czech Republic… my husband is forever grateful.

Czech Potato & Pickle Soup (Polévka okurková) [Recipe]
Based on a soup from Monrovia, this creamy potato soup is seasoned with dill, caraway, and a bit of chopped up gherkins.

Refrigerator Dough for Czech Desserts & Snacks [Recipe]
Take the pressure off entertaining: make this mildly sweet, tender dough the night before.

Spicy Kielbasa Buns/Klobasneks/Klobasnikis (Klobásové Buchty) [Recipe]
The Czech Republic’s answer to Pigs in a Blanket. Yum.

Sweet Prune Buns/Kolaches (Slivkové Koláče) [Recipe]
Load a tray with warm kolaches for your next holiday party. Healthy and sweet prunes fill dimples in a tender dough.


  1. I can’t wait, especially for the refrigerator dough. The soup too, I must first look up the last words in the dictionary. I need something to warm up too !

  2. Sasha, I love your blog: the idea itself, the recipes, the pictures, the facts and reviews. Brilliant, to be brief.

    This week, the country you are introducing is very dear to my heart as it represents one half of the country I was born in (former Czechoslovakia). Though geographically Slovak, at heart I am just as much a Czech.

    I hope you forgive me pointing out, then, that Czech Potato & Pickle Soup should be Polevka okurkova, or better yet, if you want to use diacritical marks, Polévka okurková. By the same token, Sweet Prune Buns are Slivkove Kolache, or Slivkové Koláče. Though I have never heard the word klobasnikis, – we’d call them Klobásové buchty – I have seen (and tasted) them plenty of times to say that based on your recipe, they should taste heavenly. Just like anything else you write about.

    Thanks for letting your readers join you on your wonderfully unique travels around the world through the nations’ cuisines, kitchens, and recipe books. I surely will “follow you wherever you go.”

    • Sasha Martin says

      Jana, Thank you so much for your encouragement and help with spelling… I made the adjustments (I’m loving the accents 🙂 ), although left in some of the variations as they are how certain communities refer to these dishes…

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  4. Lynette says

    I think it started with my husband saying, “Who wants turkey? I want Indian food for Christmas!”, that created a tradition of making food from a different country every year. In 2016, we went to the Czech Republic so I latched onto ALL your recipes and they each were just fabulous! Everyone from 2 to 50+ years loved the food and we felt it captured the flavors of what we had in our month long travels around the country from Prague, Bohemia, Olomouc, Moravia. Doubled the soup recipe so had lots left and froze it. It heated up well later. The pastry items, savory and sweet were ALL GONE! Served the sweet ones Christmas morning and then for dessert too.

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