Tetlak Family Pierogi Recipe

Merry 2013 Chitlins! I hope you enjoyed your holiday as much as I did. Mine was mostly relaxing. We had a minor incident involving the puppy, a bucket of chocolate covered raisins, and  a frantic two hours on the phone with poison control. Good news though: the puppy is fine, dinner was only delayed two hours, and Christmas wasn’t ruined. Hooray!

So perhaps you remember before the break how I spent an entire day with the female members of The BF’s family making approximately 4.2 million pierogies. It wasn’t so bad really. I mean, despite starting at 8am and finishing well after 2pm. We did get to eat all the defects, and we made some fresh pasta, and there was an amazing lunch spread. Plus I have about 20lbs of pierogi chillin’ in my freezer.

I took a bunch of pictures and got the recipes for Christmas! This is mostly a photo essay with a recipe at the bottom. Apologies if the photos are a bit crummy, I was too lazy to edit and this was with my old camera. ;)

Cheers to a happy 2013!

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Fruit Trifle

Oh Chitlins, you wouldn’t believe the stress levels over here at the sprinkelry! My birthday is next week and I’ve been scrambling to finish all the ice creams for my party (I cross my heart I’ll take good photos this time so I can post recipes!). Not to mention The BF and I are apartment hunting, which a crazy beast of a task in NYC.

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A Post Wherein I Eat, and Enjoy, Fish

A few weeks ago, after several months of half-assed planning, The BF and I trekked out to Connecticut for an evening with a few good friends. It had been decided way back in December that it would be absolutely necessary for me to learn some classic Israeli cooking from his friend Zig. It’s an area I know absolutely nothing about and judging by the delicious smells of spices wafting out of Zig’s fridge, I knew I had to learn. Chitlins, allow me to introduce to you one of the most awesome dishes I have had the courtesy of tasting, consuming and enjoying that actually {gasp!} involves fish.

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Grandma Kusys Italian White Cookies

I’m sorry chitlins, I know this will be my fourth {gasp!} cookie post in two weeks but, it’s the holidays and everyone loves cookies, and besides these are Hannukah themed and given that this is the 3rd night of Hannukah it seemed only fitting I should post them. Besides which, these are amazingly addictive and so, so easy to make I’m sure you will forgive me.

I’ve been really lazy this holiday season, for the first time in my entire life. I’m not sure what it is but I just can’t seem to gather the gusto that I usually have. And this is really sad because honestly this is my favorite time of year. I am obsessed with holiday music, so much so that I’m having minor panic attacks that Christmas is so close because I’m afraid I haven’t listened to it enough and my window of listening to said music with impunity is quickly closing.

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The Commissary Carrot Cake

This is actually the cake I made for my father's birthday almost three years ago. It just turned out *a lot* prettier than the one I made Samson. Oops.

Remember that time when I professed my love for birthdays? Turns out, I know a lot of people with September birthdays. I made not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 birthday celebration goodies in September. Phew! That’s a lot of baked birthday paraphernalia. Don’t get me wrong, I love every minute of it. Except for that last one. Where I was up at 10:30 at night on a Monday after a very long and exhausting weekend, still nowhere near finishing a cake I had promised to deliver the next day. [sigh] C’est la vie.

So The BF’s roommate had his birthday on the same day as my good friend and neighbor A. Just my luck. So I made cupcakes for A. the Friday before and then a cake for Samson on the following Monday. With A. I knew right away what I wanted to make her (post to follow soon!) but with Samson I had to ask. So I shot him an e-mail about a week before his birthday telling him to send me ideas. I got one: Carrot Cake. With ice cream (oops I left out the ice cream). Fabulous. I had the perfect recipe. It’s my dad’s favorite and I’ve made it once before (albeit with a few hiccups) and I heard tell it was amazing.

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