Even though the Poles do not celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday, they still occasionally enjoy a roasted turkey with all the trimmings. So, perhaps this year you can use this opportunity to include a little Polish taste in your feast… serve pierogi as a side dish topped with your standard caramelized onions and butter but add some fresh sage… supplement your standard stuffing with kasza gryczana or buckwheat grouts. Chock full of protein, buckwheat is extremely health and very easy to make. We’ve got more recipes below…
Add some Polish to your Christmas gifts!
Eastern European Christmas markets are a sight to be seen! Just walking into the city square amongst the booths of vendors immediately takes you back to the holidays of your childhood. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of these festive occasions without a plane ticket by joining us on Sunday, December 1, 12-5 PM at First Presbyterian Church for our annual Slavic Christmas Market. Get some impressive, distinctive holiday gifts from a variety of vendors to include Polish pottery, amber, folk art, and Christmas ornaments. Traditional Polish Christmas Eve food and baked goods will be available to eat there or take home. There will be a Gift basket raffle and auction, too! One of the highlights of this event is the demonstrations and hands-on workshops by noted Slavic folklorist Lawrence Kozlowski. Polish Advent and Christmas practices, rituals foods and folk crafts will be covered. Items will be available to create and take home as well as kits to purchase. Instead of being overwhelmed, we are providing techniques and tips to pass our colorful heritage on to your family with ease.
NEW THIS YEAR: Wigilia To Go: Taste the items that make up a traditional Polish Wigilia. Place your order now to have these tasty entrees, side dishes and desserts ready for you to pick up on Christmas Eve to serve to your friends and family throughout the holidays. Proceeds from this event to benefit the PolishYoungstown Children's Programming Fund.
Polish Arts Club invites you to Wigilia 2013
Wigilia (vee-GEEL-yah), which literally means "Vigil" or "waiting" for the birth of Baby Jesus, is our club's annual celebration and recreation of what Poles around the world gather to do each Christmas Eve night. We hope you can join us again this year to be a part of this special event, as well as take away with you a piece of our most treasured Polish traditions. The annual event will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2013 Noon – 4 p.m. at The Brier Hill Cultural Center (formerly St. Casimir’s Church) 145 Jefferson Street in Youngstown. Security will be on site all day. Paid Reservations due by December 2. No tickets will be available at the door. For more information, or to donate an item to the basket raffle, please contact President MaryAnn Mlynarski at (330) 647-9634 or email@example.com Celebrate the holiday season with this very special annual event! Complete reservation info is available HERE
Kolednicy & Polish Happy Hour
This year we are combining two of our favorite things to spread some Christmas cheer—and we hope you will join us! On Thursday, December 12 Christmas Caroling and Polish Happy Hour, Boardman Krakowiaki is leading a caroling group to the Greenbrier senior facilities on South Avenue from 4:30-7 PM. This has become an annual tradition for both the participants and the residents—many of whom are of Slavic heritage and are thrilled to get this visit that is a blast from the past. Afterward we will proceed to Vintage Estates—accordion and all—to enjoy a holiday Polish Happy Hour! It is the season for giving…why not choose this opportunity to join with your Polish friends to give of your time to the community. Call Marianne 330-272-2210 to sign up!
Gift ideas to add some Polish to your presents
Every year right before Christmas, my phone starts ringing from folks looking for a little something to give to their Polish grandpa or uncle. We are thrilled to provide! Stuff the stocking with felt pierogi or pierogi magnets. Send your brother in San Diego a “Polish Pride, Polish Youngstown” t-shirt. And your aunt would love a copy of the Black Madonna CD and prayer card! We’ve got this and much more! Email or call (330) 746-8900 to let us know how we can help!
Your Polish Tastes by Barbara Rolek
Getting wild in the kitchen
Poland is known for its vast forests and the game within them are hunted for sport but mostly to put food on the table. Rabbit, venison, elk, duck, geese, boar, squab and pheasant are some of the wildlife most favored by and available to Eastern Europeans. When I cooked with chef Karol Okrasa at his restaurant Platter in Warsaw, he prepared boneless legs of rabbit (królik duszony nogi) braised in butter. And of all the high-tech equipment in his gleaming kitchen at his disposal, he used his grandmother's well-worn enameled cast-iron casserole dish. He says he just can't replicate the flavor with any of his gadgets. And it really did produce a melt-in-your-mouth meal. Don't overlook the bigos (hunter's stew) recipe. That is the vehicle huntsmen used to slake their hunger while in the field, using a pleasant combination of freshly caught and dressed game, fruits of the forest (mushrooms) and dried sausage brought from home all bubbled together in a cauldron over an open fire. Here are more Eastern European game recipes as well as my Eastern European-Style Thanksgiving Dinner . Happy Thanksgiving!
News from US Polonia Syracuse, N.Y.
Visit from Sw. Mikolaj
The Polish Home is instilling traditions for the next generation with its annual Polish Christmas Party for Children on Saturday, December 14, 1 - 3pm. In addition to the expected coloring contest, there will be carol and kolędy singing with the Chopin Polish Language School. But the most anticipated part of the day no doubt will be cookies and a visit from St. Nicholas (św. Mikołaj). See, even this little change can add a little Polish history for the next generation. Sto Lat to our friends in Syracuse!
News from Poland
Polish Prime Minister initiates broad cabinet reshuffle
Prime Minister Donald Tusk last week overhauled his cabinet apparently in an effort to bolster his flagging poll numbers, replacing Poland’s top finance official and changing environment ministers in the middle of a United Nations climate conference his country was hosting—at the same time the country was holding a world coal summit meeting. Tusk also merged the ministries handling transportation and regional development just days after the transport minister resigned amid questions about his ownership of a $6,600 wristwatch. The prime minister also replaced officials responsible for sports, education, science and administration. Apparently Tusk has come to the realization that it was time to inject new energy into the government. Learn more about it here and other news in the most recent edition of Polish Media Watch.
Sunday, December 1 The Artistry of Wigilia: a Slavic Christmas Market... Monday, December 2 Szopka Festival, Krakow Someday I promise I will be writing you from there! Take a look at some of the annual submissions here... YSU Slavic Student Association Holiday Crafts & Traditions Event 9 am - 4 pm Jones Room at Kilcawley... from Sunday, December 8 Polish Arts Club annual Wigilia Dinner... Thursday, December 12 Christmas Caroling and Polish Happy Hour, Boardman... January Polish History Class begins
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team