Happy Holidays to everyone!
Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it. We the Christophers will be united this weekend to enjoy good food, gifts, Holiday specials, and great company. Alex will be here starting the 24th for the weekend and Amanda starting this Wednesday though the New Year. This year we are celebrating with the Bestie and my SO. Small and intimate with a lot of time to talk and relax. Just the way I like it.
This year we are celebrating with Polish food. I ordered perogies from the Pierogi Kitchen in Roxborough, which I have set to pick up on my way to Philly for the Vivaldi concert. This was a recommendation for one of our neighbors, who are foodies and have been gone to this place for years. Here is what we had to choose from:
AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOLIDAY SEASON :
(BUT STILL A GOOD IDEA TO PLACE AN ORDER)
POTATO CHEDDAR PIEROGIE
PHILLY CHEESESTEAK PIEROGIE
FARMERS CHEESE PIEROGIE
POTATO CHEDDAR ONION PIEROGIE
POTATO SAUERKRAUT PIEROGIE
GOLDEN POTATO PIEROGIE
POTATO ONION PIEROGIE
ALSO AVAILABLE ALL SEASON:
CHEESE BABKA, ALL SOUPS, STUFFED CABBAGE, POTATO PANCAKES, OPLATKI, HALUSKI.
I chose a dozen of each of the following: golden potato, potato and onion, potato and sauerkraut, and potato and cheddar. I am so excited!
The rest of the menu is easy. I am making Haluski and kielbasa. My family loves Haluski and so does my Bestie. What’s not to love? It’s fried cabbage and noodles with onions. My mother-in-law taught me how to make it and she always added potatoes and not the bacon. I had to look up a recipe for this because I make from memory with a diced medium onion, a bag of no yolk egg noodles boiled, 4 large diced boiled potatoes, a half of a head of cabbage and a stick of butter. Saute the onion and cabbage with a couple of tablespoons of butter. When they are soft, add the potatoes and noodles and sautéed together and put the rest of the butter into the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste with a dash of garlic. I do realize that this is not much of a recipe and found one that is close to this. They both have meat in it and if you prefer just eliminate the bacon or pancetta. You can also add a few diced and boiled potatoes to this carb fest.
I found this highly rated recipe on A Family Feast:
- 2 ounces pancetta, diced small (or bacon if you prefer)
- 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 cups onion, diced
- 1 ½ pounds green cabbage, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 ounces dry No Yolks® egg noodles, any size noodle
- In a medium to large skillet, over medium high heat, cook pancetta in 2 tablespoons of butter until crisp. Add onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add 2 more tablespoons butter, cabbage, salt and pepper, cover and once mixture is hot, reduce to medium and cook for ten minutes.
- While cabbage mixture is cooking, cook No Yolks® noodles according to package direction and drain.
- Once cabbage is tender, remove cover and add drained noodles.
- Add remaining butter and cook to bring to serving temperature.
- Season with additional salt and pepper as desired. (Lots of black pepper is traditional!)
Here is our fine feast for Christmas Eve. Christmas day we will end up at my SO’s daughter’s for a meal and to celebrate his son’s engagement! This is what the Holidays are all about for me. Time with special people. I hope you enjoy your weekend!
With all the best that the Holiday Season has to bring, I wish you love and joy!
The Travel Journalist