RECIPES

Polskie

Polish Goulash

My grandmother, Genevieve Zawisza, was born on February 6, 1916. This is one of my grandmother’s recipes. It goes great over egg noodles or rice (my preference).

Placek

My great-grandmother, Genowefa Samotyck was born on December 29, 1895 in Radomysl, Poland. This recipe was her sister’s and I saved this recipe to make it around Easter time. Mmmm Placek.

Polish Sourdough Rye Bread

This recipe is fitting to highlight someone in my family who helped to lay the foundations of the buildings people in my community live in. This recipe is a variation of a 90-year old Polish woman’s recipe, so you know it is good and authentic!

Kasha Varieties

In Poland and in many other parts of Central Europe, Kasha is a dish of grains boiled in water or milk,  like a porridge. Usually, kasha is made with buckwheat groats, but the term 'kasha' simply means the groats. Kasha varieties also come in millet, oat, wheat, and...

Sicilianu

Meatballs

Though I come from a family that loves hearty, meaty meatballs, I really like smooth, creamy meatballs. This recipe does the trick.

Mafalda – “Snake” Bread

Mafalda is snake-shaped bread. The sesame seeds give this bread a nutty taste. It is a firm loaf- great for cutting and spreading jams.

Stuffed Zucchini

Summertime is zucchini-time and CSA members are always trying to find another way to enjoy these versatile veggies. Traditionally, the stuffed zucchini can be cut into thirds and served as a side dish. They can also be enjoyed as a light meal.

Involtini di Pesce Spada – Swordfish Roll-Ups with Pine Nuts and Currants

I am descended from a long line of fishermen on my grandmother’s side. It is this legacy that has me interested in fish. Not necessarily in fishing, but in cooking the kind of fish found in the waters that surround Sicily. One of those fish is swordfish, a predatory fish with a long flat bill that looks like a sword.

Bread, Rice, and Pasta

Polish Sourdough Rye Bread

This recipe is fitting to highlight someone in my family who helped to lay the foundations of the buildings people in my community live in. This recipe is a variation of a 90-year old Polish woman’s recipe, so you know it is good and authentic!

Mafalda – “Snake” Bread

Mafalda is snake-shaped bread. The sesame seeds give this bread a nutty taste. It is a firm loaf- great for cutting and spreading jams.

Busiate – Sicilian Noodles

Busiate are a classic Sicilian pasta shape. They are named after ‘busa’, or a knitting needle because many families used knitting needles to roll the noodles.

Eggs, Dairy, and Dessert

Krusche Rogaliki – Crisp Butter Horns

Many European countries have their version of the ‘horn cookie’. It is a very simple recipe using flour, butter, and sugar and they usually contain some kind of chopped nuts.

Fruits and Nuts

Strawberry Thyme Jam

I started working on my ancestry about a year and a half ago. I am still going strong. I continue to discover new things about my relatives and new sources of information. I don't think anyone can really be done with a project like this. There are too many online...

Cashew Ashwagandha Smoothie

I have been doing my best to research helpful spices and incorporate them more into my diet. Ashwagandha is the number one herb recommended in Ayurvedic healing. It belongs to the same plant family as the tomato and has a red fruit the size of a raisin. Although it...

Strawberry Tumeric Smoothie

I have been doing my best to research helpful spices and incorporate them more into my diet. Tumeric is at the top of this list. My husband's family suffers from arthritis and the onsets of this pain him some days. Tumeric was the first spice to come up in my research...

Crockpot Apple Butter

There is nothing like a house that smells like applesauce on a Fall day. This apple butter can be eaten as is, like a smooth applesauce, or it can be added to other recipes. I actually love to top my overnight oats with it. This recipe cooks for 11 hours in the...

Meats, Poultry, and Fish

Polish Goulash

My grandmother, Genevieve Zawisza, was born on February 6, 1916. This is one of my grandmother’s recipes. It goes great over egg noodles or rice (my preference).

Meatballs

Though I come from a family that loves hearty, meaty meatballs, I really like smooth, creamy meatballs. This recipe does the trick.

Involtini di Pesce Spada – Swordfish Roll-Ups with Pine Nuts and Currants

I am descended from a long line of fishermen on my grandmother’s side. It is this legacy that has me interested in fish. Not necessarily in fishing, but in cooking the kind of fish found in the waters that surround Sicily. One of those fish is swordfish, a predatory fish with a long flat bill that looks like a sword.

Grilled Squid

This recipe is for grilled squid. It is a rare occasion when Wegmans has squid or octopus, so I got in line at the fish counter when I spotted squid in the case. During the day, I marinated it in lemon, homemade garlic paste, pepper, salt, parsley, thyme, oregano, and a few mint leaves.

Vegetables and Legumes

Stuffed Zucchini

Summertime is zucchini-time and CSA members are always trying to find another way to enjoy these versatile veggies. Traditionally, the stuffed zucchini can be cut into thirds and served as a side dish. They can also be enjoyed as a light meal.

Simple Passata Tomato Sauce

This recipe is for a basic passata sauce. Passata is an uncooked tomato puree strained of seeds and chunks. It is unlike tomato sauce or paste because it hasn’t been cooked.

Gooey & Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

https://goo.gl/photos/i29ARFp69vrGqtTr7 It is no secret that I love pumpkin. Once October hits, I can be seen throwing a shelf full of pumpkin cans in my cart every shopping trip. I am always looking for creative ways to use pumpkin puree. In the past, I've added it...

Miscellaneous

Crockpot Apple Butter

There is nothing like a house that smells like applesauce on a Fall day. This apple butter can be eaten as is, like a smooth applesauce, or it can be added to other recipes. I actually love to top my overnight oats with it. This recipe cooks for 11 hours in the...

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

These are little Fiona's favorite treats. She has a million of these every day. I love that they are a healthy, homemade treat and I know exactly what is in them. The recipe is pretty simple. Just mix all the ingredients together and bake....

Maple Ginger Dressing for Summer Berry Salads

Dressings are unfortunately disregarded when people are trying to be diet-minded. Where most people will turn to a simple oil and vinegar dressing, it doesn't always go well with every salad. One day, I decided to try and whip up a healthy dressing of my own when my...

Basic Vinegar Potato Salad

Potatoes are always a good food to have around. They can be used in main dishes, like a Spicy Potato Curry, and they can be used in a variety of sides. While most potato salads call for mustard and mayo, this recipe is a stripped down and lower calorie version. It is...