Andy & Amanda (my brother and sister-in-law) purchased their very first, and probably last, home in Gloucester. They have generously offered to host Thanksgiving this year. This is the first time my parents will be passing the torch to the next generation for this holiday - and it's my mother's birthday so she won't have to slave away in the kitchen (no pressure guys lol). I cannot wait to spend the day in their beautiful home with their even more wonderful daughter, Olivia. I also cannot wait to stuff my face.
I wish my grandparents were still around. Now that I am out of my self-absorbed adolescent years I would love nothing more than to sit on the couch, listen to their stories, and enjoy their company. Cooking their food is my way of doing just that.
My googling rapidly spiraled down the internet rabbit hole and I learned way more about the traditional Christmas Eve than I ever knew. I am eager to try new recipes like beet soup (borscht/barszcz), chalka bread, and of course - this Honey-Vodka beverage (Krupnik). I also cannot wait to integrate the Oplatek ritual before the meal, just like my grandmother.
Inspired by these old-world recipes ... I start with THE classic. Pierogi.
Life goal: I want my (fictitious) grandchildren to say "Nanna makes the best pierogi on Christmas!"
My favorite will always be the decadent, rich, potato and cheese pierogi (pierogi ruskie). Farmer's cheese is just pressed cottage cheese that is dry. It provides the famous creamy, silky texture. Although Matt enjoys these, he believes "potato filled pasta is just not necessary." We will always agree to disagree on this topic :)
I cannot wait to make these at my parents' house this Christmas Eve ... the start of a new/old Polish tradition.