I have always taken an interest in traditional cultural food and what it means to families. My husband has a Greek/Macedonian heritage so I love attempting to make ethnic food for him (although I think I like it better than he does). My mother's side of the family is German/Hungarian. Everything Great Grandma made consisted of chicken, potatoes, and noodles or dumplings of some sort. Some of our favorites are Chicken Paprikash and (I have no idea how to spell this next one) Katoffelnokel. For dessert, we made nutroll, strudel, and Magdaline Kiefel (Kiefle?) (which I think translates into "Moon-shaped Cookie"). I got the itch to make Keifels last night for my mother's birthday. Some of the in-laws don't like this dessert but I'm a true "Hunky." Here's a picture (half with nuts, half without) and the recipe:
1/2 lb. sweet (unsalted) butter
1 1/4 C sugar
2 C flour
Beat butter and sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each egg. Add flour and beat well. Spread into a greased 15"x10" baking pan. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Let cool. Using a biscuit cutter, cut into a moon shape.