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My grandmother, Genevieve Zawisza, was born on February 6, 1916 to  Josef, 25, and Genowefa, 20 in Buffalo, NY. The family lived at 147 Peter Street, in Buffalo Ward 21.

My grandmother had six siblings. Above she is pictured with her mother, Genowefa, and two sisters, Helen and Stella (on lap). This picture was taken around 1923. The family eventually moved to 295 Amherst St. in Black Rock, Buffalo, NY.

She went by many names throughout her life, including Jenny and Jean. Genevieve’s father, Josef, passed away when she was 15 and he was 41, the same year she married my grandfather, Walter.

Eventually, the couple moved to 556 Amherst and she worked 40 hours a week on the assembly line in a radio factory.

Above, Grandpa (Walter), Grandma (Genevieve), and two other folks: Helen and Joann?

My grandparents had four children. My Aunt Sharon, who I have never met, my Uncle Donny who went deaf when he had polio at age 4, and my Uncle Jim, who never had any children but loved me like one.

Grandma (Genevieve), Aunt Sharon, Uncle Donny, Uncle Jim

Grandmother Genevieve in center, in black dress, next to husband Walter.

Grandpa (Walter) and Grandma (Genevieve)

Grandpa (Walter) and Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve)

Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve) and mom, Dorothy, with me.

Grandma (Genevieve)

Grandma (Genevieve), me, and Pink Floyd (my bear).

Me, at Crystal Beach, with grandma and mom and the day we won Pink Floyd.

Genevieve “Jenny” Zawisza Kiebzak passed away in 1987. She is buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetary in Buffalo, NY.


This is one of my grandmother’s recipes. It goes great over egg noodles or rice (my preference). Though my mother labeled the recipe card “Hungarian goulash”, the result is different than other Hungarian goulash’s I’ve tasted. The first time I made this recipe, it was a bit bland. I made some appropriate spice additions that didn’t make their way on the recipe card.

This was also the first time I had to chop meat chuck. I love learning new techniques and skills to bring my cooking to the next level. Thank goodness for YouTube.

I made the goulash in the crockpot. It is the perfect recipe to come home to after a cold hike. My grandmother, however, used to make it on the stovetop.

Print Recipe
Polish Goulash
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Polish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless chuck chopped
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. onion soup mix
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 clove garlic diced
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Polish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless chuck chopped
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. onion soup mix
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 clove garlic diced
Instructions
  1. Coat beef chuck chunks in flour and add to the crockpot.
  2. Add green peppers, tomatoes, and stewed tomatoes to the crockpot.
  3. Cover with beef broth.
  4. Stir in salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic.
  5. Cook on low in the slow cooker for 10 hours.
  6. Serve over rice or egg noodles.

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