Easter is one of my favorite holidays, because of its rich traditions. One of these is the blessing of a basket of special foods which becomes the Easter Sunday brunch, being the first meat meal, after a strict fast on Good Friday and Saturday. One of the special foods in that basket is a round shaped Easter Bread, called Paska in Ukrainian, or Babka in Polish. The top of this bread is elaborately decorated with fancy dough ornaments, having a cross as the central motif. Here is my family Paska recipe, which makes two large loaves, or several small ones.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who are celebrating this very traditional holiday here in the US.
If you are still searching for party food ideas, I will contribute with links to my previous posts of “green” food recipes for this occasion.
Europeans love their soup, as anyone who traveled to Eastern Europe would agree that soup in part of every lunch and dinner menu.
Soups are quite simple to prepare, and very nutritious as well. You can make your own stock, as the base for every soup, or use the ready-made available at your grocer. There is such a variety of broth now…chicken, beef, vegetable, low-fat, low sodium….so it makes it that much easier to get your soup cooking together.
The Great Lent is here already, at least for the Eastern Rite Catholics, therefore I will share my new meatless recipe for Portobello Veggie Burgers.
These burgers are not only great for lent, but anytime when you feel like taking a break from eating meat.
If you wish to view a list of my previous 25 meatless recipes for the Lent season, please click on this link to enjoy.
I used to purchase frozen Garlic Bread, or even the fresh one in the bakery section of my grocer.
However, once I tried making it at home, I am sold on it, and it is my favorite accompaniment with pasta dishes, or tossed salads.
It is so simple to make, since you use ready made French Baguette, or Italian Bread.