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KathyC
12-12-2009, 09:13 AM
Normally every year pierogis are a big part of our Chirstmas Eve. Dinner. For the past years I would take a day off from work and I would make them with my Mom, who is now 84. We declared this past Thursday Pierogi day, lol. That was the best day for me to get off of work, weekend are just too busy.

Unfortunately on Wednesday she was not feeling well, all last weekend something was not right with her. When I called her from work that morning she told me she wanted to go to the ER, I called her Dr. first and he told me to bring her right in. She had a severe Bladder Infection that he felt was spreading through her, her Sugar was shooting up and she was dehydrated. He hooked her on an IV with antibiotics and said she should have total bed rest the next few days and if not feeling better by Friday she needed to be admitted.

She felt so bad because this was our "Special time together" and some of the filling had already been prepped. I told her to let me do it myself, I've done it enough times with her. In the morning she guided me in making the dough then went back to bed. By the end of the day, I made 20 doz. myself, WOW, alot of work. But MM, MM, GOOD!!! That is only about half of what we usually make. I'm planning a sick day this week to bake, but if she feels up to it, we'll finish them off, if not I'll buy them from my church.

She is still resting, but feeling much, much better....:)

What traditions does everyone else here have for the Holidays?

Snow Miser
12-12-2009, 09:55 AM
KathyC, It's good to hear that your mother is feeling much better, and that she may be able to help you finish making the pierogis. That's a very nice tradition you have with her. Keep us posted on how things go for you and your Mom.:)

I have a tradition as well that has been going on for many years. I get together with my mother (74 yrs old) and my youngest sister and her kids, and we bake Christmas cookies. In the very early years it was 25 kinds, but now it's down to around 5 to 8. All of us really have a great time getting together and baking. And the house smells, well, like a Christmas Cookie Wonderland. *<|:>)>

Addicted
12-14-2009, 12:35 PM
I think family traditions are great! We always get together a week or so before christmas and do gingerbread houses. My sister makes them and puts them together, then everyone (there are 6 of us kids, plus all their husbands and kids) comes over for a party and brings their own candy to decorate a house with. We have a competition, voting for the adults and then for the kids. My youngest nephew, who will be 4 shortly, did a house for the first time. The kids of course always just slap frosting and candy on the house and have tme most imaginative stories to tell about what they are building. Austin (the youngest) just stuck candy on his and threw all the wrappers on the floor beheath him. I almost peed myself laughing when I looked over and saw that he didn't feel like waiting to eat his house, and all the peanut butter-chocolate bells that were on the roof had a bite taken out of them! I voted for his house based on that alone!

billysinc
12-14-2009, 03:46 PM
Mmmmmmm pierogis :D

KathyC
12-14-2009, 05:14 PM
Those are great stories. It's so much fun to do things together as a family, no matter how messy it gets.

When my neices and nephews were little, I'd bring them all over for arts and crafts before Christmas or Thanksgiving so they could make stuff for thier parents. Or we'd bake something, but watching what they were doing while baking, I'd make sure I'd mark who's goodie was whos. lol

Now I'm trying to get some baking done this week, I started yesterday, but we'll see how it goes. I have about 7 or 8 varieties I want to try, some new and old goodies...

Anna LeBlanc
12-14-2009, 08:58 PM
Those are great stories. It's so much fun to do things together as a family, no matter how messy it gets.

When my neices and nephews were little, I'd bring them all over for arts and crafts before Christmas or Thanksgiving so they could make stuff for thier parents. Or we'd bake something, but watching what they were doing while baking, I'd make sure I'd mark who's goodie was whos. lol

Now I'm trying to get some baking done this week, I started yesterday, but we'll see how it goes. I have about 7 or 8 varieties I want to try, some new and old goodies...

Kathy,
Maybe you could post some of your recipes here for us.We could have an OBS cookoff!!!

__________

Anna

Jimmy Legs and Little d
12-16-2009, 03:09 PM
When I was growing up, my mother and I would bake Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have carried on the tradition, for many years, as the first cookie I bake for the holidays. Most are consumed or given away within a couple of days. There is nothing that compares to a freshly baked Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie.;)

Donna:)

Trekker
12-16-2009, 03:45 PM
love the sounds of those perogies. Can you provide the recipe? And the "how you do it" along with it? I've never known anyone who's done it from scratch and would love to learn how. But maybe it's a "need to watch" sort of thing. My mother-in-law passed away a number of years ago and I've resurrected some of her old recipes to remember old times (I learned a lot about cooking from her). However, there are a couple recipes that I have all the ingredients for and a recipe to follow, but it never comes out the same as when SHE did it. Sometimes you have to WATCH how someone actually DOES it. A couple of those recipes have been lost for that reason, and real glad I spent the time with her when she was around to be able to salvage many of the other priceless recipes. She taught me how to can peaches - WOW - are they ever better than the store bought, and how to make a sweet relish that everyone asks for. I'm so glad that you are spending time with those close to you. There is only regret for the time NOT spent when they are gone . . .
We, too, have our family tradition of "cookie day", when we set up for many different kinds of cookies and invite friends and neighbors to join in the fun. Everyone leaves with a plate of cookies and a few plates are sent around to "old" friends and shut-ins . . . Always starts the Christmas season off on a good note . . .
I'm guessing even those on the Rockpile have their "Obs Christmas baking traditions" . . . Bet they like the star shaped ones . . . how about it folks?

KathyC
12-16-2009, 08:39 PM
Pierogi's are tough to give a recipe, I think anyway. It's taken years of making them with my Mom to try to do them myself. And no recipe is ever the same, you have to feel the texture of the dough. The first batch we made was a bigger batch and the dough was a bit tough to work with, the second was smaller and much easier. Like you said, you would have to do it with someone to get the idea, I think anyway.

I played hookie from work today and baked and baked, I made 8 different kind......Now I'm pooped and heading to bed.

I like to give out cookie plates to some of the people that I work with and we're heading to E. Hartford this weekend to visit with my other half's family, they enjoy my cookies too. We have two nights in Foxwoods, but not sure yet if we'll be doing that. I'm a little tight with the bills and works slower then normal for him, it would be great to go to Mystic for an afternoon, but I know I'd be gambling too............:rolleyes:

Trekker
12-17-2009, 11:18 AM
Yeah, I get it . . . but I'm going to keep dreaming . . . I'll find a recipe somewhere - and hopefully someone locally to SHOW me . . . because it sounds wonderful. Sounds like everyone out there has some great traditions!!
Enjoy, folks . . .

jonebay
12-18-2009, 07:02 AM
Those are good and buttery and the chocolate contrast is great. We just don't have them very often because I like those too much.Norm just agreed from across the room. He really has to watch his sugar intake.Cooking and baking the healthy way can be a challenge, but I like spoiling and pleasing the old man and the kids, just for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Moderation in all things.One of my grandkids is now old enough to say, "Granny, yours are the best cookies no, really.I always remind him that, "I happen to think your mom's are better,really.I found out that works well with him because he sees the justice in it.Besides,I've found out with my little chip-off-the-old-block junior, any cookie-jar in a cookie-storm will do.I like to give out cookie plates to some of the people that I work with and we're heading to E. Hartford this weekend to visit with my other half's family, they enjoy my cookies too. We have two nights in Foxwoods, but not sure yet if we'll be doing that. I'm a little tight with the bills and works slower then normal for him, it would be great to go to Mystic for an afternoon, but I know I'd be gambling too.Thanks.

redthorne
12-18-2009, 08:14 PM
My wife has taken to blowing up my kitchen with this white floury-buttery stuff. And I say "my kitchen" because I'm the cook. Sadly, I cannot bake so I just have to watch as all my spices and supplies get put back in the wrong spot. Mise en place...uh no.

I tend to forgive her when the end result are cake balls or lucia buns. :p

KathyC
12-21-2009, 11:57 PM
We drove up to Mystic, had lunch at Go Fish. Now we are at Foxwoods for two nights... Hopefully I'll win something....:)

Anna LeBlanc
12-22-2009, 07:58 AM
We drove up to Mystic, had lunch at Go Fish. Now we are at Foxwoods for two nights... Hopefully I'll win something....:)

Hit it big for all of us Kathy:D

What a great Christmas present that would be for you!!!!

____________
Anna

mtruman
12-22-2009, 07:13 PM
Our family tradition is gathering all of my wife's family at our house on Christmas Eve. With parents, sisters, their kids, kids spouses and grandkids it's around 30 or so people. Everyone cooks and bakes and there's enough food for an army. After dinner we do a present exchange that for the last couple of years has been a Yankee swap. We're so lucky that all of the family still lives within a 50 mile or so radius and gets together frequently. It's even more of a blessing for me since virtually all of my family with the exception of a few cousins that I rarely see are gone. I couldn't have found a better family all those years ago to become a part of and the time together with them at the holiday is one of my favorite things of the year.

spyboy
12-23-2009, 09:10 AM
My grandmother used to make pierogies for Christmas all the time. I miss her :(

Our family is Ukranian/Lithuanian on my mom's side, so we had all of the traditional Polish/Russian type foods.

I did find a place in Manchester, NH (Bartlett Street Superette) that is a Polish bakery/deli. They get their pierogies in from Boston, and they sell out for all of the holidays, but they're good (a little pricey). They also have a great selection of sausages. There's a skinny one that you just cut up for appetizers (I like to dip mine in Kosciusko mustard).

Ah, brings back memories...

btw: I'm looking for a good pierogie recipe as well (and a friend of mine from Waco, TX is going to show me how to make sausage & cheese kolaches. I used to get those at the Czech Stop in West, TX)

Kirk

MelNino
12-23-2009, 09:20 AM
I made a vegan pumpkin soup for T-day, gonna repeat that for Christmas Eve-Dec 26th.

That is the extent of the culinary skills for now, ha.

KathyC
12-24-2009, 01:43 PM
I'll see if I could pull some kind of recipe and post it in here. I also have some cookie ones that I made this year, they came out great!!!:D

Just not that much time to post today, lots to do...:rolleyes:

KathyC
12-30-2009, 11:35 AM
Pierogi recipe, as best that I could write down:

Started with 4 cups flour, we used Pillsbury bleached and we sift it first.

2 cups of luke warm tap water.

2 Eggs

Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. white vinegar

1/2 tsp. vegetable oil.

We put the flour in the bowl then slowly added the water with it, then just add the other ingredients. You watch the dough, it has to become almost elastic. Add more flour and water until it does this, it can't be too dry or too sticky. It came cleanly off of the dough hook.

I put the dough on the what my Mom calls a noodle board, flouring it first so it doesn't stick, any clean surface would do. I kneaded the dough for about 10 minutes, it may take longer. You can still add more water and flour if you need. The consistency of the dough should feel more spongy then rubbery, not sure if that helps. By this time it should not really be sticking to the surface.

You can cut the dough into 4 or 6 sections, depending on how much you want to roll out at a time.

Roll them into dough balls or disks and best to put on a non stick surface, we use parchment paper, always lightly floured. Cover the dough with more paper, a sprinkle of a little bit more flour on top to prevent sticking and then a cloth or towel to keep it warm, cover completely, maybe a half hour or an hour so the dough will set.

Flour your surface and then roll out, if sticking to the board, then keep lightly flouring the surface and some on the dough and rolling pin. The dough should be fairly easy to roll out, coming back at you as you roll, like elastic, but keep rolling until you can handle. You should roll to about 1/2 of a 1/4 inch, not sure what that measurement is, like you were making butter or sugar cookie cut outs.

We have a 2 3/4 disk that we use to cut out the circles, but you can use the top of a drinking glass or whatever your find that works, always dip in flour to prevent sticking. Cut your circles, pick up the scraps and put back under the cloth. The longer the dough is in the air, it gets tougher to work with. You can use the scraps later to make more.

Pick up the circles, stretch slightly in your hands, fill and crimp together tightly. You take use a fork on the ends just slightly to seal together, do not poke the dough part where the filling is though. They will break open while cooking.

Make your pierogis and we put them on a slightly floured surface until ready to cook.

Have a big pot of water to a boil, the water should have salt in it and some veggie oil. Add your pierogis, maybe 1 and a half to two doz. at a time to boil, not too many at a time. We boiled for 20 to 30 min. Lower the flame, you want the water bubbly, but not over boil, they will break. Stir the pot slowly a few times to move them around.

Scoop each one out with a straining spoon and put into a bowl of cold water, this will stop the cooking process. Leave in there about 10 min. then place in a bowl or surface to cool and dry off. If you pack them wet, they will stick together. You have to be delicate with each one or they will break. Now is a great time to taste test!!

We filled with potato, cheese, kraut and blueberry.

The potatoes are boiled and mashed up with browned onion, salt, bacon bits and little paprika. But you can make any way you want to.

The cheese, we used four packages of farmer cheese, two egg yolks, salt and some farina mixed in to absorb the extra moisture.

Kraut, we wash and boil. Then try to squeeze out all the moisture, cut up then add browned onion onion and if you want some bacon.

The blue berries are just plain, no sugar added. But they have to be washed and very dry when using. These are tricky because they roll out of the dough.

Any filling you use, has to be dry, because the moisture will mix with the dough, they won't seal and break open.

We used a kitchen aid mixer with a dough hook to start. My Mom used to do this all by hand.

Next time I make these ( not for a while though ), I will take pictures as I go along and post them.

Good luck to anyone who wants to give it a shot, it's best to have two people working together, it goes quicker.

Trekker
12-31-2009, 09:05 AM
I'm so pleased that you found the time to give your precious recipe out to the rest of us . . . I, for one, am fascinated, and can't wait to try these out. Not sure if I'll have time this weekend, but I'm saving this post and tucking it away for that cold January day that I need a cozy, warm, "homey" activity to do, while watching the snow fly by the window. (I'm hoping, of course, that we DO get some of those days!!!!) Thank you for your patience! It DID take a while to get through all those steps . . .
. . . and being a long time baker, it DOES all make perfect sense . . . Can't wait!!

KathyC
12-31-2009, 10:39 AM
I just hope that I did my Moms recipe justice, there actually is no recipe, it's just years of doing it. I wrote things down as I went along when I made them, I really hope it works.

I am also a baker, I love to bake and cook. And I'm proud of myself that I've gotten pretty good at it. I especially like making a cookie called Neapolitans, or tri color cookies (people call them different names ), I've mastered it and when I give them out, I get the ooh's and ahh's. It just makes me happy.:)

I am one woman that has no problem with spending all day in the kitchen...:D

FisherCat
01-02-2010, 09:43 AM
We just had our big bash as a family last night. Only one couldn't make it, one of my wifes brothers-in-law in VT as he remained behind to plow, but some of the family members drove up to CT/MA border and met them halfway so her sister could make it down. We found out that in PA a "traditional" Thanksgiving/turkey dinner is different from New England (they have potato filling instead of stuffing, or so it seems), but as a bastion of New Englanders we do not cave in, so we had:

We started with a citrus salad and a squash/carrot/parsnip soup. Then maple glazed turkey, a real nice fresh 17.9lb'er,my cranberry sauce is home made. Fresh cranberries cooked with 1/4c of water and maple sugar. It doesn't take long to cook, but you have to drop the heat at the key moment when the berries burst. (This same mix also makes a great pie if you add egg to it!) Then we had acorn squash, cut in half, rimmed with butter and brown & maple sugar and roasted. Mashed potaotes, of course, and stuffing. As well as brussel sprouts, pan cooked with bacon. Homemade bread too. It was great. And I can feel the speed of my typing slowing as I speak as the effects of indulgence are yet to wear off. We do a lot of French-Canadian cooking here, salmon pies, etc, etc. Love it.

KathyC
12-04-2010, 07:09 AM
Wow, didn't the past year go quick???

It's that time again, I will be spending the day with my Mom making pierogis for Chirstmas Eve Dinner.
:)

Snow Miser
12-04-2010, 09:07 AM
I cannot believe a year has gone by so quickly. Have fun Kathy! They sound delicious. :)

jonas_wilson
12-04-2010, 09:49 AM
I love baking too cause I am addicted to cakes. And its a wonderful experience baking for our love ones. Holidays are best with the families around. Baking together, taking pictures and eating with everyone is the most happiest experience ever.

KathyC
12-04-2010, 03:46 PM
23 Doz. done, I'm pooped!

Anna LeBlanc
12-04-2010, 04:43 PM
Did you say 23 doz.Kathy?!! Wow,you will be ready for bed by 8PM.Can you send me some please? ;-)

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Anna

Snow Miser
12-04-2010, 04:51 PM
Kathy, that a lot of pierogis! And I bet they will taste great.