pierogi
Summer in Poland means that all kinds of fruit is cheap and accessible on every corner. It’s something that you don’t get in the US. There are farmers markets that sell seasonal produce but in my mind I always recalculate the prices and it just makes me sad to see that I have to pay $5 for a small box of strawberries or cherries.  This time I was on a quest for prunes. I’ve seen different plums around but not prunes until my recent Costco trip. Who would have thought that I would find them there? I had to get them and the first thing that came to my mind was prune pierogi. I know that when most people think about pierogi they instantly think pierogi with meat, sauerkraut, mushrooms or cheese and potatoes.  But in the summer Poles like their pierogi with fruit. My mom would always make them with strawberries, prunes or blueberries, but you can make them with apples and cinnamon and other fruit. More »

pierogi5This can’t get any more traditional. Polish pierogi with meat, sauerkraut and dry wild mushrooms.
I also like the non meat version or the ones with potatoes and cheese and I can’t actually decide which are my favorites. Growing up, my mom would make those more often because she would always have some leftover meat from Sunday chicken soup, not to mention dried mushrooms that she hand picks every year in the fall, or home-made sauerkraut that she usually makes in a large jar starting early Fall.
They might seem time consuming, but once you make that one large batch, they freeze well and they taste pretty great fried, especially with some bacon.  If the amount of pierogi seems a little too much, then use half of the ingredients.  But it’s almost impossible to have too many pierogi. :) More »

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In the intro to this blog, I wrote about how my family was the root of my love of cooking, and no time is more filled with that feeling than these last days of December. Therefore this post will be a little less about recipes, and a little more about the tradition that is our Christmas Eve family meal. More »