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>I was craving cheese pierogi tonight but was also disinterested in spending hours in the kitchen inhaling flour. Polish meal known as the “lazy pierogi” came to mind and it seemed like the perfect alternative to the real thing. So I called mom and got the recipe because of course she has them all memorized in her head.
And I made the lazy cheese pierogi. (Which by the way, is often misspelled as “pierogies” because pierogi is already plural!) And though they were considerably less time consuming to make, I would not call them lazy. The good thing is that this dish captures the flavor of pierogi, and yet it takes about an hour to prepare. But if you’re feeling really lazy and have to eat some pierogi, your best option is to just go out and buy some.
>This is one of my all time favorite foods! It’s kind of like a pizza with a Polish twist: it has butter spread instead of a tomato sauce. And toppings go in reverse order: mushrooms, shredded cheese and ketchup on top. I like mine nice and simple, and with lots of mushrooms, but bacon works very well and can be added, as well as any other pizza-type toppings. This time I used mini Portuguese rolls so they are great as an appetizer or party finger food. I love it so much that I make it at least twice a month.
>Preparations for Christmas Eve supper (Wigilia) are underway at the Szymanska household. There are twelve traditional Polish dishes to be made by Friday and four sets of hands diligently working together. First on the list are uszka, (meaning “little ears” in Polish) small dumplings filled with mushrooms and served with red borscht.
The company of my sisters and mom as we sit around the table preparing the food makes this one of my favorite times during the holidays.
>Now that my Autumn nut cravings have passed, I’ve moved on to crave sweets. So what am I to do when I get a sudden urge to eat Chrusciki at 11 p.m.on a week day? Nothing, but make, shoot and devour them.
Chrusciki also known as angel wings are a light and crispy deep fried pastry sprinkled with confectionery sugar. They are traditional Polish pastry typically enjoyed during Christmas time, Easter, Fat Thursday o during those uncontrollable sweets cravings.
>I love salads. Let me tell you. Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, buffalo chicken, croutons, and creamy ranch dressing is what I like in my salad. But the other day, when I visited my mom, she’d made a Polish style salad. Eating it brought back so many good memories from Poland and eating dinner as a family.
Today I made my own Polish style salad.
>They started when I was pregnant and continue to this day. These sudden food cravings and addictions to certain sweets. So, I want to introduce my newest sweet addiction: Rice cakes. I have skipped few along the way since roasted hazelnuts, like buttery croissants with honey and cinnamon buns. But this one is just too good to keep a secret.
They are Stew Leonard’s own Freshly Popped Rice Cakes. With only 15 Calories per rice cake they’re an ultimate guilt-free snack for anyone! The cakes’ maker at Stew Leonard’s suggested eating them with a peanut butter spread. So, I tried that and they were good. But it wasn’t until I experimented with cherry jelly that I became hooked!
So, there you have it. Cherry jelly rice cakes. My newest addiction.
>In Brazil and New Orleans carnival is celebrated with street parades, but in Poland it’s too cold so we eat paczki. Paczki (pronounced: pounchki) are very popular Polish doughnuts most commonly filled with strawberry marmalade.
In Polish tradition, the Tuesday before Ash Wedensday, is called The Herring Day. On this day you party as much as you can and eat a lot of herrings as it’s the last day before Lent. Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Fat Thursday also known as Paczki Day. And on this day you forget all about your diet and eat moutains of paczki and other things fat, greasy and generally unhealthy but delicious.