At Polish-American Heritage Days
It never ever fails: when you tell someone you are of Polish
extraction, they have to say something about pierogi. I used to think it was
just called Poland’s National Dish only because of this association from
others. How could something so simple be so beloved? Nothing prompts a story of
Babcia’s kitchen like pierogi. The most popular Polska Kuchnia class we teach
is pierogi. Now I’ve heard the stories…pierogi were really created by the
Chinese, and we modified them when they brought them with them from the East.
No one is going to deny the similarity to Italian ravioli and tortellini or Japanese
and Chinese dumplings. But if that’s true, so be it. We obviously knew how to
make it memorable. Thinly rolled with a wonderful taste and amazing versatility,
the lowly pieróg (as a single dumpling is called) is undoubtedly beloved by
Poles and Non-Poles alike. So let’s find
out who makes them the tastiest!
The Buffalo's Best Pierogi Contest has become the highlight of Corpus Christi parish’s annual
Dożynki Festival. It celebrates the long tradition of pierogi making in
Buffalo...with family recipes being passed down from one generation to the
next. So we invited the contest’s founder to come down and share his event with
the Mahoning Valley’s Pierogi Pinchers. Organizer
Christopher Byrd is coming to Polish Day to host this event and help to proceed
with his vision of a regional championship.
So here’s how the first ever Youngstown Best Pierogi Contest is going to work….Participants will bring their two dozen
dumplings to the event ready to be tasted (slight reheating is available but no
boiling) Applicants’ entries will be tasted
by judges and the public alike in one of these categories:
• Homemade Traditional – boiled or fried pierogi filled with cheese,
cheese/potato or kapusta (pickled or fresh cabbage) with or without mushrooms,
• Homemade Non-Traditional – open to entrant’s creativity, keeping in
mind that a pierog is a stuffed pocket of dough.
• Dessert – pierogi made as a dessert open to entrant’s creativity
We wanted to throw in categories for Commercial and Church like
they do elsewhere but weren’t sure those folks were up for the challenge
(although I know where I like to buy MY pierogi…). Winners in each category will walk away with
prizes, pride and the title of Youngstown's
Best Pierogi Maker. Registration goes up next week here and more info is available by calling 330-333-9724.
judge? We are currently putting together our
group of celebrity and other judges. Tell us why You should be a judge here, and
you might be selected for that tasty position!
Now if you want to show your love of pierogi through
consumption, fear not! We also will be hosting the ever popular 5th Annual Pierogi-Eating Contest, and registration is opening
for that next week too.
us for our 2nd Annual POKER & PIEROGI Charity Card Games &
is an event for amateurs and serious card players alike!
AM Doors will open and poker cash games and black jack tables will open.
PM Tournament will begin. It is $60 to buy in and there is a BONUS of $500 in
extra chips for preregistration.
PM Second Chance Turbo will begin if there is enough interest.
DO NOT have to play in the tournament to play in the cash games. There will be
snacks and drinks available for tournament players with delicious Polish
pierogi and cocktails available for purchase. In addition, there will be basket
raffles, 50/50 and other opportunities throughout the event. For more
information, call 330-333-9724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Polish Tastes by Barbara
Salads Feature the Starts of the Season
Salads are an important component of the Polish culinary
repertoire, no matter how cold the weather. As in most cultures, appetizer
salads and main-course salads exist, but the two most popular you will see
served at breakfast, on buffets, with a meal, as a snack and at other times of
the day fall into the categories of surówka and sałatka. A sałatka
typically is a cold salad made of cooked ingredients. It might include chicken,
tuna, ham, beef, frankfurter, egg and other cooked proteins dressed with sour
cream or Polish mayonnaise. Others are made with cooked vegetables like potatoes,
potatoes and herring, beets and others. A surówka is a cold salad made with
raw ingredients like sliced cucumbers in sour cream. Other examples are lettuce
salads, grated carrot and apple salads, sauerkraut and fresh cabbage salads,
beet salads, radish salads and more. Surówki
typically accompany hot meals and change based on seasonal produce. One wildly popular item is mizeria
which literally means "misery," but it’s really anything
but that. A favorite of Queen Bona Sforza, this salad could become yours too.
Try it out with this recipe
you missed the traditional Polish Happy Hour this month, you’ve got another
chance. Still breaking in the new bar
option at Kravitz’s Deli in Liberty, Jack is bringing back Chubes
the Accordion playing Chicken from Paczki Day! It can
work out in your favor too! In Chubes’ honor, Thursday, July 24 from 6-9 will be
Cheap Cheap night at Kravitz Deli Liberty. $3 drafts and $7 Reubens. Reuben and
a draft $9.99. For Liberty folks, this place is becoming the new “Cheers,” so
maybe I’ll see you there!
PolishYoungstown asked to host another Exchange Student
Attracted by our fun,
educational spirit and involvement with our heritage, Youth for Understanding has
invited PolishYoungstown followers to host another high school exchange student
from Poland for the 2014-15 school year. My family and I stepped up last year
and welcomed Kinga Wilczko into our
family. We can’t say enough about what a great experience it was for our whole
family. We traveled together, hung out together, bickered together over
everything from curfews to US attitudes toward Ukraine. It was a tearful
goodbye when she flew home in June.
get involved? YFU is still looking
for a family to host Maja. A talkative,
friendly and ambitious 17 year old, she enjoys music and outside activities.
Having played the piano and guitar for about three years, she also belongs to
the school choir. She enjoys a variety of music from classical to movie scores.
For fun in her free time, Maja likes to go ice skating, cycling and swimming.
She also likes to watch figure skating and swimming competitions. Other
interests include taking photos and editing them in Photoshop, plus watching
movies with family and friends. Since weekdays are pretty busy for their
family, they usually spend weekends together going to church, doing outdoor
activities, or visiting extended family. To her future host family, she says
thank you so much for "considering to choose me as your future, temporary
'daughter.' There are so many things that I would like to know about every-day
life in America."
Time is almost up for Maja to come to
the USA. What
to help her fulfill her dream by opening your home and heart to her? Call Jamie
Withem, YFU Northern Ohio Field Director at 567-855-5196 or email email@example.com.
News from Polonia
Back to school is around the corner, and
for many students, it is a real burden figuring out how they are going to pay
for their studies. The Kosciuszko Foundation offers special tuition scholarships of $2,000
each for undergraduate students of Polish descent. Students seeking careers in
media, government, and public affairs are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications
are being accepted until July 31. Learn more about it here.
applications for a number of Fellowships/Grants to Poles for advanced study,
research, and/or teaching at universities or other institutions of higher
learning in the USA for the 2015-16 academic year are being accepted through
October 15, 2014.
from Poland by Ted
reveals divisions in Slavic attitudes toward Russia
Poland's foreign minister had sharp words on the downing of
the Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet in Ukraine — blaming the crash on Russia-backed
"bandits." But throughout most of central and eastern Europe, leaders
withheld judgment, expressing shock but refusing to say more until more facts
are in. The caution is not surprising: Several former Soviet satellite states
have developed closer economic ties to Russia in recent years, making them unwilling
to take a strong stand against Moscow in the Ukraine conflict. Learn more about this analysis and other news stories
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