Chicken Paprikash! A Heritage Recipe.

Out to impress my new In-laws!

Let me set the scene, it's August 1973. I've been a bride for almost three weeks. My first dinner party for my new in-laws. And let me tell you they didn't come in small batches. No, they came in a package of twenty two and that's just the immediate 'fam-dam-aly'. I didn't even own twenty two plates let alone matching ones or table and chairs to accommodate the whole fricken inner circle of his family.

Ring...Ring..."Hello?"..."Mom you wouldn't believe what Wayne did he invited his parents-grandparents-uncle and aunt-brothers and sisters with their partners...what am I going to do?.......Can I borrow....?"

I whined, tantrum-ed and pouted and tried to figure out what mortal infectious disease I could suddenly come down with. Nothing worked, the whole clan was coming. They were coming next week Sunday, arriving at 5:30 for pre-dinner cocktails.

My marriage had started off on very shaky grounds, as far as his family was concerned. (mind you, to be totally truthful my family had issues with me marrying him too, but that's a whole other kettle of fish). My mother-in law had wanted her favorite son to marry a French-Canadian girl, like she was. Her best friend's daughter Rochelle had been the obvious and perfect choice (she let me know this on numerous occasions). Can you tell there was never any love lost between the enemy and myself?

Any way, back to my story... While seriously contemplating what dishes I could make that would hide the taste of Ex-lax, I finally started to plan my first big dinner party menu.

Then out of the blue came "THE" call, Friday morning (two days before they were all to descend on us) from Wayne's Ma-mere (grandma). She told me that Pa-pere (grandpa) had been stationed at the border of Hungary during WW1 and there he had had Chicken Paprikas with Nokedly. He had liked it, so that's what I had to serve for the whole gang.

Never let it be said that I didn't pick up the gauntlet when it was thrown at my feet. Nope, I was going to show them, no French Canadians girl was match for me, a full blooded, fiery tempered Hungarian.

My Grandma's Chicken Paprikas recipe has no equals...there was none better, so the menu I had planned went out the window... but Chicken Paprikash was easy enough, I loved that recipe and had made it on many occasions when I still had lived at home. I could cook that recipe, no problemo.

The first home Wayne and I rented was a tiny one bedroom guest house situated on the south side of this 58 acre estate that was owned by a friend of my aunt and uncle. Lucky for me Gertrude, our landlady, for some reason really liked me and went out of her way to be helpful. She gave us permission to use the pool and the pool house/rec room to hold the dinner party. The rec-room was gorgeous, all varnished tongue and grooved cedar and very tastefully decorated in dark browns. There were enough tables and chairs (nice ones, all matching too; ha, they thought I wouldn't be able to pull it off. I'll show them).

Wayne and I had our biggest fight yet. He accused me of not wanting to be nice to his gang by refusing to use the beautiful hand embroidered matching tablecloths and serviettes (embroidered in Hungarian traditional style... gorgeous, gorgeous beauties) that my Godmother had sent us as a wedding present. He kept shouting that I didn't think his family was good enough for my 'hoity-toity-ness' (one of his favorite expressions). He just didn't want to understand that any accidental spilage of the paprika sauce would stain and ruin the beautiful cloths. I finally was able to calm him down when I told him that I was almost finished making special cloths just for the occasion.

I had compiled the grocery list and Wayne promised to pick them up on his way home from work. Which would leave me to finish all those last minute things before "THE DAY". (like find out where some hemlock grew)

As usual Wayne was late coming home. Most likely the store was busy... figures, when I needed his help too...

Gertrude had brought me a big basket full of her creamy yellow roses and tons of green stuff from her garden for the centerpieces. ( She was such a gem, such a nice lady)

The room looked fantastic. Mom had lent me my Grandma's beautiful big set of china. All pure white and so thin they were almost see through. I had spent an hour in the afternoon polishing my aunts silverwear. The rose centerpieces gave the tables the finishing touches. I didn't think there could be anything to make it more beautiful until my Mom and my two aunts came over with candelabras and creamy tapers. It was all going to be perfect. The aunts gave me a big list of extra cooking advice before leaving. I don't think I could have been more nervous if Queen Elizabeth had been coming to dinner.

Finally Wayne came home... He shouted for me to come and see what he had for me. I would be so surprised.....

Surprise-Surprise!

As of then I had become the proud owner of a new puppy and 12 chickens. Live chickens...how much fresher can you get. The reason he was home late was that he had stopped in at the Grisholm's farm to buy the Springer Spaniel puppy as a gift for me and because the whole gang there wanted haircuts, which he traded for the chickens.

Okay! I fell in love with the pup within a split second. She was the prettiest pup in the whole wide world. A 61/2 week old white and black fur-ball with big enormous droopy eyes and long floppy ears that she stepped on whenever she was trying to get somewhere in a hurry.

Then the realization hit me LIVE CHICKENS? "What the heck? Live chickens?" I asked. Wayne's reply was "...you wanted fresh chicken for the dinner-party. Mrs Grisholm said that 12 chickens would be more than enough to feed everyone, but if you thought you needed a couple more, she still had a few and we could take it out of next months haircuts."

"You bloody idiot, who the heck is going to kill and clean those suckers? Won't be me" I shouted. "You get your behind right back into town, to the grocery store and buy me some chickens that don't squawk anymore...." Wayne looked at me as if I had suddenly grown antlers. "I can't buy any chicken because I spent all the money on your surprise and "duhhhh" it's Saturday evening the stores have been closed for at least an hour" he said. "...and further more, you haven't even thanked me for your present, the pup."

With this I totally lost it... I skreeched in a fishmonger wife's fashion "... you're a total moron, unbelievable, unbelievable, you're a total loony-toony imbecile. I can't make dinner with live chickens. You get your butt on that phone, call your family and cancel this whole damn thing." (I could see a glimmer of hope of getting out of this whole mess)

"No-way am I cancelling with my family. That's what all of this is all about, that's really what you want, right? Well it ain't gonna happen." He bellowed at me, turned and slammed the door behind him with an enormous bang, jumped into the car and squealed rock-spluttering down the long drive-way.

The guest house was at the back of her property but Gertrude had heard some of the ruckus and came chasing down all worried that something bad had happened to me. She found me in the kitchen crying not knowing what to do next. When she finally got the story out of me she fell apart and cried too, but only because she was laughing so hard. After all, I'm serious, I was an 18 year old city girl. What did I know about live chickens? Nothing! I had seen the chicken 'killing and plucking' procedure once in my life before and at that time I had walked in the other direction as fast as my feet could take me. When Gertrude was finished laughing, she wiped her eyes on her apron and still giggling told me not to worry she would show me what to do. She would teach me how to dress a chicken... Dress chicken? I didn't want to dress the chicken for dinner, I wanted them TO BE dinner.

I can honestly say that I had the worst couple of hours after that. It was years before I ever ate chicken again. I never forgave Wayne or his family for the the torture I had to go through. What a stinky mess...dunking in hot water... plucking...plucking...dunking...and more plucking...Thank goodness Gertrude was there because I sure as hell would have set those chickens free...free to fly south or wherever. (I would have been responsible for the first 4-5 lbs wild chickens roaming the earth...)

Even though we had a real shacky start the Chicken Paprikas was a great success. The whole "In-law clan" just about licked the plates clean.....no I didn't find any hemlock and I forgot to add the Ex-lax to the shopping list. Pa-pere, Ma-mere and my father-in-law became my friends, so I guess not all was for naught...(I never was able to win over my mother-in-law).

Grandma's Heritage Recipe ( 5-6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 3-4 lbs frying chicken, disjointed and skin removed
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (substituted for lard)
  • 3 tablespoons Hungarian paprika (if not available Spanish paprika)
  • 2-3 stewed tomatoes or 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 chili pepper (optional more or less, if you like it spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (for the pot and a xlarge glass for the cook)

Grandma's Heritage Recipe For A Large Crowd (20 servings+)

Ingredients:

  • 3 3-4lbs frying chickens, disjointed and skin removed
  • 6 large onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (substituded for lard)
  • 1/4 cup Hungarian paprika (if not available Spanish paprika)
  • 1 cup stewed tomatoes or 4 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2-1 chili pepper (optional depending if you like it spicy)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2-3 cups light sour cream
  • 3/4 - 1 cup dry white wine (for the pot and a xlarge glass for the cook)

Methodology:

  • Sauté onions in olive oil till light brown, remove from heat
  • stir in minced garlic & paprika
  • add 2 cups of water, return to heat
  • add remaining spices and tomato paste, stir until all is well blended, add wine
  • add chicken and enough water to just about cover the meat
  • cook on low heat for about an hour or until tender stirring occasionally - at this time the water should have reduced. Remove from heat. To thickened sauce add 1/2 of the sour cream and gently stir until well diluted. Return to heat for one minute only. Turn off heat - cover and let sit for 5 - 10 minutes

Serve with a dollop of sour cream over a bed of soft cooked noodles, rice or over 'Nokedly' a Hungarian style of home made noodles ( recipe will follow) and a cucumber dill salad.

How to make Nokedly:

Fill a large stock pot or pasta pot with water add salt and a couple of splushes of oil. Cover and set to boil. Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk 6 large eggs, a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder until frothy (a minute or two) combine with enough flour to make a kind of sticky stiff batter.

Wet a cutting board, plop some of the batter/dough onto it. Lean the edge of the board onto the side of the pot over the now boiling water. With a straight-edged knife cut a 3/8" -1/2" strip - then cut the strip into 3/8" -1/2" chunks and scrape into the boiling water. Depending how fast you can cut-cut-scrape do maybe a third or half of the batter at a time. Let noodles boil about 3 minutes. Remove 'Nokedly' with slotted spoon. Sprinkle with a bit of oil so they don't stick together. Continue until all batter is cooked. Yum...these are really delicious.

Cucumber Salad:

Peel and thinly slice an English cucumber. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of salt. Let sit for 1/2 hour, drain off all juice and rinse through a strainer for one minute in very cold water. Prepare vinaigrette by combining 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 minced clove of garlic or 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of sugar or a packet of Splenda, pinch of dried dill, salt, pepper to taste. Pour over cucumbers and let sit in fridge for an hour or more. (If there is any left over just pour into a jar with tight fitting lid. This salad will last in fridge for at least a week if covered in the vinaigrette)

Enjoy...

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

MickaOz, glad you liked the recipes. Have you tried the plum dumpling yet? I will try to post some of the other Hungarian dishes that I love in the next little while.

regards Zsuzsy


MickaOz 6 years ago

After trying the Goulash, I just gave this a shot and it was super tasty! I didn't attempt the nokedly so used gnocchi instead and it was fantastic.

It brings back memories of Budapest. Any other receipes you think I would like?

Thanks again :)

Michael


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Support Med, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. The nokedly is actually a really nice way of making home made noodles. It can be tedious if you making it for a biiiig crowd but a 4-5 portion do not take that long.

I always laugh at myself when I make it because when I first start out they're all nice and even and small the way my Mom used to make them then once it comes to batch 3-4 they're getting bigger and bigger. by the end they're twice as big as when I started. Oh well they taste really good. I haven't figured out what to have for supper so I think I will make up a batch to go with the fresh pesto sauce I've been making today.

hope you're well

regards Zsuzsy


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

I think there are times when men just like to hear themselves talk, LOL!!! Hemlock and Ex-lax, sounds like a great combination (Really funny!!) The paprika chicken sounds really delicious. so does the nokedly (even though I get the feeling that when I do it, it'll turn out all undone tastin'), but I'll give it a go. And after reading the hub on your grandma's handmade embroidery articles, I would not have set them on that table either. Voted-up/rated.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Steph, how are you? Always glad when you pop in for a visit. Hope you get a chance to try the recipe sometime. It really is great.

hope you and the family are well

regards Zsuzsy


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Looks yummy! Not sure if I rated or commented earlier, but I am a huge paprika fan. Nice work, as always!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Jamie, I made a huge batch of chicken paprikas two weekends ago and froze the leftovers into one person portions.

always glad when you drop in for a visit.

hope you're well

kindest regards

Zsuzsy


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Jamiehousehusband 6 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Great story and memories of that recipe - well you've just rekindled my fire for this dish too, so I'm off to buy 1 whole organic chick for the four of us tonight - will serve with nice fluffy rice, sour cream and toasted pittas to mop up all that yummie sauce - thanks for inspiring me to cook this again.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

You liked? I had a hard time telling this story as it brought back so many awful memories that I was worried those would over-trump the light feelings I wanted to give the piece.

Thanks for reading.

regards Zsuzsy


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

How wonderful, how human, how funnyyyyyyyyyy........

You are a treasure! :-)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Godslittlechild thanks for taking a look and for commenting. Believe me it's a great recipe the story is one that I've been telling my granddaughters about too. They love the food and the story.

regards Zsuzsy


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Godslittlechild 7 years ago

My husband loves paprika. I'll try this out on him. What a great story!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Teresa! So glad you came for a visit. I should have taken it for an omen and given up... but my nature is that if things seem impossible it makes me want to do it twice as much... The only good that came out of that marriage are my children who have become fantastic adults in spite of their father.

thanks for taking a look and so sorry for not replying earlier but I was away from home with no internet connection

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Woman, you have nerves of steel and the patience of a saint. I'd have ordered out. . . (I'd have sold something to pay for it -- like a wedding ring, for example!) Good grief but this is a great story, and the table decorations and the china and the candelabra -- lovely. I'd have got out the paper plates.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Sure enough Trish they love dinner and the story too.

regards Zsuzsy


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trish1048 8 years ago

hi Zsuzsy,

I don't know, I'm thinking perhaps you should let them read it afterwards, just in case someone has a weak stomach and gets turned off by the chicken slaughter.  I have no doubt that they will definitely get a great laugh from it :)

I'm fine, hope all is well with you too.  Take care.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks Trish for coming by and reading the hub again. I have company coming later today and they requested my Chicken Paprikas. I wonder if I should let them read this gem before or after dinner. I think they would get quite a chuckle out of my past dilemma.

Hope you're well, kindest regards to you and your family Zsuzsy


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trish1048 8 years ago

Hi Zsuzsy,

I just found this hub out on the forum, and once I started reading, realized I read it before.  However, I read every word again because this is truly a funny, engaging story.  Not to mention, I was thrilled to come across it as my daughter and I were just discussing recipes and she mentioned chicken paprikash.  This sounds yummy so I've bookmarked it.

Thanks again for a great hub! 


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Dineane! Now I can laugh about the whole thing, but let me tell you, it didn't seem all that funny at the time.

Thanks for taking a look regards Zsuzsy


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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina

Oh my! I could never have pulled it off. When my daughter told me her stepmom kills their chickens, I knew I had done the right thing divorcing her dad - she is just right for him! I'm happy to remain one of the hypocrits that can't kill my own food ;-) Great Hub, Zsuzsy!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Christoph! That was just one of the many clashes I had with my in-or out-laws for the years that I was married. As they say hindsight is 20-20 I should have taken the chicken epic as a sign and walked away. It was quite a few years before I was okay with eating chicken again.

Glad you stopped by, regards Zsuzsy


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

Live chickens? That is too much! Seriously, there is no way I would touch that task. Send out to the Colonel! It must have seemed like the Twilight Zone, to you, young babe such as you were. Glad the story had a happy ending (unless you are a chicken). Congratulations on pulling it off, though. You must have felt quite a bit of satisfaction, and you deserved it!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Rochelle! You know that was a lifetime ago and it still sits in my mind as vivid as if it had been yesterday.

Glad you had a minute to take a look regards Zsuzsy


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

Great story.Wonderful disaster potential-- yet all ended well. I'll have to get out my Cicken paprika recipe-- sounds similar. i like to serve mine on potato-stuffed pieroges.

Thanks for revining this in the forum post.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Jim! Lucky for me Gertrude killed the chickens, and helped with the plucking. Cooking that time old recipe was not a problem as I had made it at home (my parents's home) many times.

Thanks for taking a look

regards Zsuzsy


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jimcrowthers 8 years ago from Port Charlotte

You did what? You killed, plucked, and cleaned live chickens, had time to cook them, AND followed a recipe that you've never made before (and it came out tasting great)? Your love for your new husband and (new) family must have transcended your sanity. LOL!

Great story and great hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello Sapphire Eclipse! Thanks for taking a look. It was a strange time that's for sure.

regards Zsuzsy


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Sapphire Eclipse 8 years ago from Japan

Oh my gosh! What an emotional experience! I'm glad to hear that your chicken paprikas were a great success but at what cost I wonder? I can't even cook live lobsters so I doubt that I'd have much luck with chickens.

Very entertaining hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello Donna! Glad you were able to come for a visit. Killing chicken and plucking is not my favorite pass time either. Lucky the Grocery store seldom runs out of fresh cut up cicken pieces not that it did in 1973 either...

regards Zsuzsy


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donnaleemason 8 years ago from North Dakota, USA

Loved the idea of trying to find something to hide the taste of the ex-lax. That was a wonderful tale, I will have to try the recipe but no way I am going to kill and pluck chickens to make it. LOL.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Isabella! Glad you came by for a visit. One of my x's charms for me was that he came from an enormously big family. I always wanted to belong to a big bunch. Wasn't meant to be.

Hope you get a chance to try the chicken.

regards Zsuzsy


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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

22!!! Good God!! Yet another fabulous recipe.. thank you!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Mariesue! I agree it tastes best all fresh.

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

when we go back to Oklahoma, we will have chickens...i love them -- but when it comes time for pluckin' -- I'm takin' a walk while Lynn does that lovely chore. eeeeek! having said that, nothin' tastes like fresh fried chicken right off the "hoof." LOL


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thank you Chef Jeff! I couldn't have put in any better. Once I moved my family to the farm it was a chore I dreaded and I honestly can say that it never has become easier. As a single parent with one income only there where times when funds were tight. Having chickens running around in the yard always gave me that feeling of security that my kids would not go hungry. And in those cases you do what you have to.

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Chef Jeff 8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

Abhinaya - In my wife's village in Spain we routinely "prepare" our own chicken, and rabbits, too. The first time you bonk a rabbit over the head and skin it, you feel a little queezy, but after a few times it is just another things you have to do. taking off a chicken's head is quick, but dipping the body repeatedly into boiling water to take off the feathers takes abit of time.

Of course, we could buy chicken in the market, but the end result is still the same. Someone had to "prepare" the bird to become a meal - and there is something more honest, in my opinion, when you do the "dirty work" yourself. My kids learned at an early age to appreciate where their food came from, and ow they neither eat too much or waste what they take. I wish I had learned that lesson as a youth!

My appologies to the vegetarians & vegans who read this - it must sound terribly gruesome & barbaric, killing to eatand all! But to those who eat meat in any form, it doesn't just pop up in the grocer's chelf. Someone has to take the life of the animal in order to make it into a meal.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Abhinaya! Lucky for me then I didn't have to do the killing.(My friend Gertrude did) Also it was quite unfortunat, I was never able to please my XMother-in-law. Even though I tried for many years. Can't win them all.

Thanks for taking a look regards Zsuzsy


Abhinaya 8 years ago

Zsuzsy that was very brave! But how does it feel to kill a live chicken?I am sorry but doing it yourself? ....Glad to know you got a lovely family.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi! Froggy. Glad you came for a visit. Hoe goes the battle?

regards Zsuzsy


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Froggy213 8 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

HMM HMM GOOD!!!!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

SweetiePie! Thanks for taking a look and commenting.

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

This sounds like a good recipe. Also, I must commend you for pleasing your in-laws because that is never a small task. Good job!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Chef Jeff! Thanks for taking a look.

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Chef Jeff 8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

Great recipe, and one of those 'genres' of cooking I JUST LOVE!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Cavyl! Glad you came for a visit. The chicken paprikas freezes well too. That's what I've been doing...its so great when the meal is already made and its just a matter of heating it up. Thanks for joining my fan club.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Cavyl 8 years ago from USA

Very interesting story. I will try the chicken paprika recipe. I guess I can cut the recipe version for 5-6 servings in half since I'm a single person. I just joined your fan club.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks Dorsi for taking a look. Hope you will try the recipe too.

regards Zsuzsy


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Great great story- I LOVE your sense of humor- you didn't want to "dress the chickens"! lol.... this was great and I needed a good laugh-Thanks so much. Wonderful hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Steph! Glad you had time to pop by. Thanks for your knid comments. Believe me I was quite often tempted in those early years to buy a couple of crates of ex-lax.

Hope you get a chance to try the chicken.

regards Zsuzsy


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Zsuzsy - Oh my goodness! Your stories come alive and just jump off the page (OK, computer screen). LOVE it. I feel as if I was standing right there through the entire scenario. The recipe is almost an afterthought after the drama to get there... LOL!! If only you had had the time to get your secret ingredients, as well. :-)


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks Karen for taking a look. regards Zsuzsy


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon

Lovely story and yummy recipe - I'm going to try it.


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trish1048 8 years ago

Great, thanks!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks Patty for noticing that I forgot to add the best part of the recipe. Glad you came by. regards Zsuzsy


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trish1048 8 years ago

LOL LOL, this was too cute! I remember going to town with my grandmother and she'd let me pick out chickens. I thought it was such fun! Little did I realize they would be on my plate that evening for dinner,,,,,,

This sounds pretty easy and definitely tasty! How much and what kind of wine do you add?

Patty


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for taking a look CGull. I like "...hostile crowd" in all fairness my mother-in-law didn't like the other two daughter-in-laws much more either...the only difference was that my stubbornness made me outlast one by six years the other by three.

regards Zsuzsy


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Zsuzsy how tough it must have been to face that hostile crowd, you managed it bravely with a neat recipe. Bravo. Cheers :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Caspar! The nokedly is not all that complicated. But the chicken is really great on regular pasta or rice. Hope you enjoy it.

regards Zsuzsy


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caspar 8 years ago from UK

I really enjoyed reading this great hub Zsuzsy, and the chicken paprikas recipe is one I'd like to try. I'm too nervous to try Nokedly though, it looks too complicated for me!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Marisue! I was married for very looooong eight years. But I got the best deal out of that mess I got super great kids. Now a lot of those 'happenings' actually seem funny.

Thanks for reading and for your comments.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Angela! Glad you came by. I'm the best mother-in-law for sure because mine was a great teacher of what kind not to be.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Storytellersrus! Thank you for reading. It is amazing how much damage a miserable mother-in-law can do to a marriage. I can honestly say that 3/4 of our fights at the beginning were caused or because of her...after 1-2 years we didn't need her anymore to make us fight we were able to do all that on our own.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Robie! Glad you came for a visit. I have to find the funny side of everything otherwise life would just bee too much of a drag. Hope you like the Chicken Paprikas. Let me know what you think.

regards Zsuzsy


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

And, how long were you married after this?? one hour??  I drove off quickly when my mother in law when outside to kill a chicken for lunch.  I could not stand the smell or the sqwuaking...poor little chickens.  I didn't eat a bite.  I like to forget that my food had legs or wiggled. 

Sigh.  I loved the farm, but not all parts of the farm.  I love good catfish, I just have to work really hard to take them off the hook, and then do all the things necessary before you eat them. 

enjoyed your story!!  LOL  too funny and I was there with you.  I'm sure the room was beautiful and your food a hit.  The hubby?  hmmm  the jury is still out on that one...   Live chickens???


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

rmr! I'm always glad when you visit. thanks for your comments.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Tania! Thanks for your comment.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Gardener den. Thanks for visiting.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Eileen! My whole married life went from one disaster to the next...no I only lasted eight years with him and then I divorced him...as they say every dark cloud has a silver lining...my lining is the fantastic children I got out of that otherwise miserable deal.

Thanks for coming and taking a look.regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Solarshingles! So glad you stopped by. I sure was a city slicker in my younger days. Ten years after, my children and I moved and I became a 'farmer' (most would probably have called it a zoo). Dressing chickens etc. not a big thing anymore. But that is another story maybe some other time.

regards Zsuzsy


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Angela Harris 8 years ago from Around the USA

Zsuzsy, I really enjoy the anecdotes behind your recipes. I can't wait to try Chicken Paprikas, as well as the Nokedly. I make a Cucumber Dill salad that is almost identical. I'm really excited about the Nokedly. These sound really easy and good.

Mother-in-laws, they all need laxative laced in their food. (I hope I won't be like that when my son gets married.)

I have a couple of memories of killing chickens to eat as well- not fun. And how does a person eat it afterwards? Ugh, the smell is terrible.


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Storytellersrus 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

My first Zsuzsy Hub! What a read! Why is it that mother n laws always hand pick their son's brides and, when he rebels, take it out on the girl he chooses for himself? I have one son... lead me away from that temptation! Anyway, I totally empathized with you, young bride with clueless husband. Great way to begin the week. Thanks!


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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Oh Zsuzsy--I love this hub--both the story and the recipe. Now if I can only find some authentic Hungarian paprika--I'm going to make the smaller version for my friends. But what a wonderful tale you tell. I can see the beautiful room and the china and the flowers and your husband thinking he was so clever arriving home with live chickens ROTFL--but of course it wasn't funny at the time.

When I was very little, during WWII when there was meat rationing, my grandmother bought a chicken from a local farmer. he chopped its head off and we brought it home. She was the only one who knew how to pluck it and I remember being amazed at the process. I remember she had to dunk it in boiling water and singe the pinfeathers etc. and the smell was terrible and next day there were white chicken feathers all over her beautiful garden--just one of those early childhood impressions for me--you brought it back. Thanks for a wonderful read and a recipe I'm definitely going to try.


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

Your recipes always come with a wondreful story! I can't seem to get enough! Great hub,Zsuz!


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Tania101 8 years ago from Canada

Loved yur hub!


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gardener den 8 years ago from Southwestern, Pennsylvania

Zsuzsy Bee

Great hub! Really enjoy the story!


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Zsuzsby, what a great story. My husband and I have killed and drawn chickens, it sure is a job and a half. I used to love playing with the chooks feet as a kid with my sister, by pulling the sinues in the legs the feet opened and closed.

Glad this all turned out so well for you and I gather you are still with this partner.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

ZsuzsyBee, what an amazingly LOUD Hub, spiced by Hot Hungarian temperament of yours! Fantastic story! People simple need to know, that you are just a successor of Great Attila the Hun, one of the greatest leaders, fighters, conquerors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attila_the_Hun

Temperament is simply in your blood, so is the food. I love Hungarian food. I was exploring Hungary, while it was still under communism. One simply needs to experience Budapest, Balaton and Hungarian food.

I'd had better chicken experience than you, simply because it was introduced to me at a very young age. It was simply part of life in the big farm, but I could understand, how very dirty, smelly and horrible could be for a city girl!

ZsuzsyBee, I do like your temperament and your Hungarian recipes! Thanks for this Spicy hub!

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