Monday, April 25, 2011

Kielbasa Fest

One of the great things of marriage adding to the family is what they bring, literally, to the table. Twenty-plus years ago, our brother-in-law brought a Polish Easter that is now a revered and anticipated part of the year.

We former ham and lamb eaters celebrate the holiday with earthy garlicky fresh kielbasa and rich smoked kielbasa, all products of family butchers/meat stores in Hamtramck, the mecca for Polish food and culture.

Along with tangy rye bread, doughy and butter laden pierogis and desserts of honeyed babka, poppy seed roll, we are converts to the Polish way. We generally add a couple of green or healthy items, a couple pounds of asparagus, some fruit salad, and some bubbly.

But let's not kid ourselves, the kielbasa is the main show. We compare how smoky/garlicky it is from year to year. Desserts are always the same (never the strong suit for us, but a must nibble item.)

Accompanied by jelly beans and deviled eggs as appetizers, you can't beat this for a family holiday feast --- blooming flowers are the icing on the cake.

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