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    Christmas Eve / Wigilia

    Our family fasts till the first star of the night is shown. At which point we start our Traditional Christmas Dinner. Oplatek is shared by each guest having a piece each and we go to each other and wish good health and happiness take a piece from each others, eat, then hug and kiss them. Then having this we pray for the meal, those with us and those deceased. Always an extra table setting. Herring (one of the many fishes we enjoy this Eve)is the starter and we place each on a fork and click with each other and eat. As if a toast! Then, yes we to do Grand Champagne toasts all night! Hic Up! Oh my!! TOTAL COMFORT FOOD! Hot Gooey, Creamy peanut butter and jelly with melted chocolate, What more can you ask for! Oh yes filled into a soft tender dough when fried nice and buttery crisp! I came up with these when we made pierogies this year and had left over dough. I asked my Daughter if she had any preserves, then Peanut butter lightly mixed them together and then asked for chocolate chips and she had mini ones which worked out great!!!! THE REST IS HISTORY! The filling is an estimate so be gentle on your reviews! Please do use my dough Potato Pierogi [peer-OH-gee] or your favorite Pierogi - Peanut Butter and Jelly Pierogi's [peer-Oh-Gee] My Babci`s recipe Walnut Crescents A must for Wigilia Barszcz Beet Soup For Christmas Eve be sure to use a Vegetable Broth in Wild About Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup as for no meat is eaten. A great after dinner drink Hot Vodka with Honey (Krupnik) is drank warm or chilled. A dessert treat Polish Rum Balls After the meal is complete and if we remember or if not to tipsy from the champange we each pull a straw (hay) from under the tablecloth and the one with the longest has extra luck for the year! Old-Fashioned Homemade Eggnog Creamy Eggnog Punch with Spiced Rum Mulled Spiced Wine Raise your glasses to salute one another "Na Zdrowie” (to our health), & "Stolat, (100 years)"
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    11 Reviews |  By Rita~

    I remember making these as a young girl during lent. The last time before today was for my FIL who is gone now for 22 years. He enjoyed them so. These small fish are very addictive. This simple recipe is easy quick and only 4 ingredients. Smelt is the name of a family of silvery fishes found in cool waters. Most measure less than 8 inches (20 centimeters) long. Smelts have a small, fleshy fin behind the dorsal fin on the back like trout and salmon. This is very inexpensive, making it great for those on a tight budget.

    Recipe #117502

    11 Reviews |  By Rita~

    I first had this last year when a saw it in a liquor store with my Sister.We had it with my Mom and Dad it was great relaxing. If you like honey and spices you'll like this! Meant to be sipped slowly!

    Recipe #51784

    5 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Filling for Poppy Seed Rolls (Makowiec). Use in you favorite dough recipe or check mine out.

    Recipe #54695

    7 Reviews |  By Rita~

    These Polish cookies are very time consuming to make. It's a great help to have a bunch of your favorite family members to help! They are very flavorful and rich. This recipe makes hundreds of cookies. Literally. But they are worth it in the end. The cognac can easily be omitted entirely But why bother! You can cut the kneading time down by using a food processor! Use a couple of pans for frying to make it go faster! (Assembly line)! Cook time is 1 minute per batch of cookies!

    Recipe #56742

    15 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Found these at Since I'm Polish have to try them.

    Recipe #77476

    3 Reviews |  By Rita~

    These flaky little crescents were passed on to me from my grandmother. Flour can vary add more or less depending on moisture in the air. Powdered Sugar is used for rolling. The amount can vary because you can roll as big (producing less in amount)or little (produced many little tasty treats)circles as you want.

    Recipe #50963

    12 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Enjoyed at Christmas and Easter. I make this for friends and family to take home on Easter. Some likes lots of poppy seed filling and others request a little. It's hard to please everyone with one roll so I make a bunch. Depending on how dry your flour is you may need more or less water. You can make the dough the day before let raise one hour punch down then refrigerate over night. Then bring to room temp. Let rise 1 hour. Posted pictures on March,05 Alternate way to make dough in the food processor is the 1st picture, 2 is kneading in processor with eggs and wet ingredients, 3rd is the proof, 4th is 3 batches of dough one as recipe calls for,one is with 1 cup of rye and the third is with one cup of wheat flour(which made a drier dough). 5th picture dough rolled out with filling on it. 6th is rolling up. 7th Placed in loaf pans. 8th is egg washed and topped with dry poppy seeds. 9th baked. EASTER 2006-made dough in Bread Machine and it came out beautiful. The rest is really nice in the draft free and temp controlled machine.

    Recipe #88883

    This is from a library book about Christmas in Poland. It sites: "The Culinary Arts Institute Polish Cookbook". I haven't tried it yet but I may this Christmas. Sounds like it has flavor and fiber!

    Recipe #197146

    In rural homes in Eastern Europe summer fruits are often dried for compotes in the winter. This fruit compote is rich in apricot, prunes and raisins.

    Recipe #307559

    5 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Polish soup pronounced Barstch is served on Christmas Eve.(A few dried mushroom pieces can be added for extra flavor--optional). My family loves putting a scoop of mashed potatoes right into the soup. Garnish any way you enjoy.

    Recipe #138152

    1 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Want to kick up a ham sandwich, top and deviled egg, use on a roast beef, in a pot roast or make a cocktail sauce with it. Use fresh firm roots. PLEASE be advised Do this in a well ventilated area or better yet outdoors. Your eyes will burn as even my skin on my face started to feel the heat. If you don't feel heat your horseradish is old. Don't bother!

    Recipe #89270

    2 Reviews |  By Rita~

    The root contains highly volatile oils which are released by enzyme activity when the root cells are crushed. The whiter the root, the fresher it is. Keep the root chilled to preserve the heat. Vinegar stops the enzymatic action of the processed root and stabilizes the degree of hotness. Keep the horseradish chilled after making and seal as soon as using. Add at the end of cooking to keep as much heat for the dish.

    Recipe #312689

    3 Reviews |  By Rita~

    A polish recipe. My Mom makes for Cristmas Eve. Just be sure to change the water while soaking. On New Years Eve after the toast it is Good Luck to have a bit of Herring.

    Recipe #84131

    1 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Check my Vanilla sugar recipe out or just use plain sugar.

    Recipe #77464

    11 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Chewy sweet and festive! You can use Recipe #47707, prepared pineapple filling, or pineapple preserves.

    Recipe #47625

    1 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Chewy yummy Christmas cookies! Bring these to your next Party!

    Recipe #77456

    8 Reviews |  By Rita~

    I found this at a Creme de Menthe sight! Quick and easy! Great for St. Patty's Day! If you use white creme de menthe Just add green food coloring. But I make them during Christmas!The picture shows them rolled in 1/2 cup pwdered sugar and 1 tablespoon cocoa.

    Recipe #55227

    13 Reviews |  By Rita~

    This recipe is from Hershey's. Yummy! I also made a glaze for them with 1 cup Powdered sugar and enough Butterscotch schnapps to spread on the cookies.

    Recipe #48976

    8 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Soothing cookies!

    Recipe #63381

    35 Reviews |  By Rita~

    This is quick and easy! Chilling makes handling these easier. Option for a lemon glazed cookie--all you have to do is in place of the water use the frozen lemon concentrate for a real tart cookie and/or use lemon cake mix. Then mix a bunch of powdered sugar with the frozen lemon contentrate thats at room temperature for a nice tart icing! Pictures uploaded here on Nov 27 using carrot cake mix, 1/4 cup coconut, 1/4 cup chopped nuts then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar before and after baking. Dec 10 used chocolate cake mix and chocolate mint chips.

    Recipe #77465

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