I mentioned I got sick around the holidays with all the back and forth, drinking, over-eating, not sleeping, million things going on. My immune system couldn’t handle it. Whenever I feel like I am getting sick, I load up on antioxidants quickly. This time, with all the rushing around, I didn’t take good care of myself. SO, I spent a few days on the couch forcing myself to relax and get better before our ski weekend trip. I was happy to recover in just 2 days from what I think was the flu…(cold sweats, fever, congestion, fatigue) I made myself my dad’s amazingly delicious chicken noodle soup and ate it non-stop for 3 days. I also drank peppermint tea and chamomile tea with honey every hour and of course, made sure to eat an (more…)
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Every year, at my parents house, we make Christmas cookies. Actually, my dad is the one who leads the way – he does all the Christmas baking! This year, I decided to try this simple recipe. I meant to post this last night, but I will admit that I messed up the oh so simple dough – I used whole wheat flour in an attempt to be healthier and the dough was like a brick, and tasted like well… wheat. I guess you need to put 3/4 cup whole wheat to every 1 cup of regular all-purpose flour…
Regardless, I re-made the dough with regular old-fashioned white flour and the cookies WERE AMAZING. (more…)
Enjoyed in Europe throughout the holiday season, I wanted to share a classic mulled wine recipe. I love warm drinks and this one definitely keeps you warm and cozy when you’re hanging out by the tree, snuggled up with your loved ones (whether that’s a significant other, your pet, or that fireplace on Netflix).
Classic Mulled Hot Wine Recipe:
Original Post 12/29/2014:
Every year, since I was a baby, my family has made these Christmas cookies (will share recipe on the blog next week!) AND Polish gingerbread (Piernik) (this one too!) covered with a chocolate glaze… yummy.
So Simple. So fun. So good.
We use (organic) sugar crystals and crushed walnuts for the toppings of the cookies. My aunt stepped it up a notch, making thinner versions (so they can be stacked and not be too thick) with jam in the middle.
I leave the Polish cookies and piernik duty to my Dad and aunt! I decided to start my own tradition and make thumbprints. The recipe is quite similar, yet different! They have been a hit the past 2 years, so I thought I’d share them with you… (more…)
Here is another one of my favorite Polish dishes to eat (and now make!) I taught myself this past year how to make all my favorite Polish dishes now that I no longer live at home. I figured instead of waiting for the holidays when my grandpa makes a lot of these traditional dishes, I would learn myself so I could have them whenever I had a craving (or missed my grandma). Have your tried my potato dumplings yet? (more…)
I have mentioned these when I posted a recipe for roasted chicken, so I am going to share the recipe! These potato based dumplings are called KLUSKI ŚLĄSKIE (K-L-U-SS-K-I) in Polish and they are by far my favorite side dish out there!
I am sharing some kluski pictures from when I was in Poland a few months back and some instructional pictures from when I made them at home recently. When we were selecting my wedding venue this year, one of our requirements was that the chef serve KLUSKI ŚLĄSKIE! It honestly was a deal breaker if they didn’t serve them.
I can’t wait to have them in a few days on Thanksgiving!