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Leon's Top Secret Turkey Dressing Recipe**

I’ve decided to spill the beans and post my updated Top Secret Turkey Dressing Recipe.** I guess since I’m Polish, this makes it a Polish Turkey Dressing Recipe. The key secret ingredient is quiet Polish: Vegeta! There is no right … Continue reading

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A Pierogi Dilemma–to boil then freeze, or freeze, then boil….

I love pierogi. I love to eat them, love to make them, and nearly always have several dozen on hand–just for emergencies. First, my “credentials.” I started life as a pierogi-eater. They were always a special treat, and we had … Continue reading

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To Fry, or Not to Fry…That is the Question!

My mother’s mother’s parents were both from a small village in what was then Galicia, later Poland between the World Wars, and is now Ukraine. My Great-Grandfather was Polish, and my Great-Grandmother was Ruthenian. Since my earliest childhood memories, … Continue reading

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Not Your Grandma’s Pączki

I love to make my own pączki, much like my mother still does, and the way her mother did, and was taught by her mother’s mother. You get what I’m saying, right? There is a long family tradition here. And … Continue reading

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Opłatek — A Polish Christmas Tradition

Today is December 24th, Christmas Eve. In many Polish households in Poland and throughout the world, tonight they will celebrate Wigilia, a traditional Polish Christmas Eve meal. Traditionally, once the youngest child see the first star in the sky (gwiazdka), … Continue reading

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Life in Faschivka–where our Cousins Live

In 2011 my cousin Alicja and I (along with her husband and son, Wojtek and Filip) visited the town that was home to my great-grandfather, Aleksandr Cymbał and my great-grandmother, Katarzyna Kucharska, before they emigrated to the US in the … Continue reading

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2013 Pierogi Party

Leon and Ewa’s 9th annual Pierogi Party is over, and once again it was a resounding success. We made 8 batches of the world’s best pierogi dough, filled 343 pierogi, and did a mound of dishes. Along the way we … Continue reading

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Pierogi Eating Party

In December I wrote about our 8th annual Pierogi Party, where a group of us made nearly 40 dozen pierogi, with the promise of eventually having a party to eat them. Well, in January my friends Ewa and Joe hosted … Continue reading

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Name that Dish!

OK, i have invented a new dish, a new food. But I need a name for it. I’ll tell you what’s in it and how I did it, but I need you to help me name it. Here’s a picture … Continue reading

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Pierogi Party 2012

Well, the 2012 Pierogi Party is history, and we made a record number of pierogi. The 8th annual Pierogi Party was also the biggest I’ve had, with 16 of us. This year I invited my Polish class, and a number … Continue reading

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