Every September my aunt and uncle host their infamous Pierogi Fest where hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pierogi are made and family and friends from around the area come together to fellowship with one another and eat lots of food! It is an annual event not-to-be-missed!!
So, what is a pierogi you ask?! Wikipedia and I have been friends this morning as I wanted to get my facts straight, so, according to Wikipedia:
“Pierogi are dumplings of unleavened dough – first boiled, then they are baked or fried (fried is the best!!) usually in butter with onions (this step is a must!!) – traditionally stuffed with potato filling (my favorite), sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit.
The Polish word pierogi is plural; the singular form is pieróg.
While dumplings as such are found throughout Eurasia, the specific name pierogi, with its Proto-Slavic root “pir” (festivity) and its various cognates in the West and East Slavic languages, shows the name’s common Slavic origins…
There is a similarity to Italian ravioli (this is what I compare it to for those unfamiliar)…”
Basically a pierogi is a delicious filling of cheese, potato, meat, etc., wrapped up in yummy dough, boiled and then tossed in a mixture of butter, onions and Paprika that should totally be illegal!! They are delicious and I definitely have been eating leftovers of them for lunch and dinner (and second dinner – I’m pregnant!) for the past couple of days!
My maiden name is Palivoda and is of Czech decent. My great-great grand parents came to the United States from Czechoslovakia, my great-great grandfather arriving on November 12, 1920 at the age of 17. We carry our Czech traditions down at the Pierogi fest each year! I am grateful for my great-great grandparents sacrifice to make the journey from their home, family, and familiar lives and come to America to try and better their future and the future of their ancestors.
All in all the weekend was so much fun per usual. It was so wonderful to see all my extended family and to reminisce about old memories and make new ones. I am grateful for family and living just a drive from each other. Enjoy some pictures from the weekend.
^^Our beautiful chefs – sisters!!
^^The weekend was filled with lots of games – corn hole, Frisbee golf, Euchre, Rummy, etc. Just a little friendly competition!!
^^That is talent!! Geoff carried Taden around the whole time he played corn hole and Frisbee golf.
^^My little brother and his adorable girlfriend Kelcey.
^^Maira was so camera-shy! This is the best shot of her all weekend.
^^My aunt and uncle live in an area surrounded by Amish communities. Geoff and I love stopping by their shops while we are visiting and stocking up on delicious baked goods. They also grow the best corn you will ever come across! My uncle orders dozens and dozens for the party – almost as good as the pierogi!!
^^Let the feast begin!!
^^I told you there was a lot of food!! And this does not include the appetizer table and two dessert tables!!
^^We ended the evening with sweatshirts and scarves sitting around the campfire.
Until next year…
What are some traditions your family has?