Stewed Cabbage (Duszona Kapusta)

STEWED CABBAGE (DUSZONA KAPUSTA) In the Polish home, there are many main courses and side dishes revolving around cabbage (and potatoes). The recipes can be very complex, savory, sweet, vegan, with meat, mushrooms, apples or thickened with flour. Some like the addition of tomatoes, others like dill or paprika. In my home, we grew up

Quick and Easy Polish Beet Soup (Barszcz) – Vegan and Dairy Free

POLISH BEET SOUP (BARSZCZ) As the cooler weather sets in, one thing I remember most about family dinners was an abundance of soups to keep us hydrated and healthy.  This Beet Soup was taught to my mother when she married my father. Anna, my Babcia was in the catering business and cooked professionally for many

Vegan Fig Jam-Filled Cookies, Kołaczki

VEGAN FIG JAM-FILLED COOKIES (Kołaczki) Growing up as the 2nd generation of Polish American Parents, I was fortunate to have access to my Babcie’s recipes. I realized that some of the recipes had been modified over the years, but the final product has all of the trademark Polish flavors. These filled cookies have a very

Naked Spiced Pumpkin Cake

NAKED SPICED PUMPKIN CAKE When your family celebrates 2 birthdays in Autumn, it makes sense to make an Autumn style cake or cupcakes for at least one of them. This cake is pillowy soft and has just enough spiciness to let you know that you are now going to savor the flavors of Fall. Other

Quick and Easy Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

APPLE CINNAMON BREAKFAST CAKE I love baking with apples and cinnamon when the first hint of fall arrives. A few of my recipes are handed down through the generations, so I’m thinking that many of my relatives enjoyed baking with apples as well. This recipe is quick, easy, delicious and impressive. In a little more

Mini Farfalle with Quick Basil Pesto

MINI FARFALLE WITH QUICK BASIL PESTO The ingredients in pesto promote good health and contain vitamins and minerals we need. Olive oil, basil, garlic, and pine nuts are high in antioxidants giving us cell protection. My original basil leaf pesto recipe was made the old fashioned method using a pestle and mortar. This quick recipe uses

Tempura Shrimp, Cucumber, and Avocado Sushi

TEMPURA SHRIMP, CUCUMBER, AND AVOCADO SUSHI In less time it takes to order sushi and pick it up or get it delivered, you can already be enjoying your own custom made sushi at home. Sushi mats are easy to find, and they are washable and re-usable. I usually plan in advance and stock organic ingredients