Easter is such a beautiful holiday, but here in the US, it does not get even close to the vast recognition that Christmas is showered with.
My family and I feel very lucky to be familiar with, and able to practice the Ukrainian Easter traditions. Besides the 40 days of the Great Lent, and the different church services from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, there is the traditional Easter Basket Blessing,which takes place at the church on Holy Saturday, or right after the Sunrise Easter Sunday Liturgy, in other parishes.
Kobasa is a very popular food in Eastern Europe, and fairly well known even here in the US.
However, as with any other ethnic foods, one will come across several different spellings and pronunciations, related to the same food item. Kobasa is one of these foods, as you can see in the title of this article:
These Ukrainian Easter Eggs were designed by my children, several years ago, under my guidance and assistance. I was a head counselor of a youth group, at my church, for 16 years, and Easter Egg decorating was the most desired craft project of the year. Even the youngest group members, 6 years old, tried their hand at the art of decorating Easter Eggs (we would let them use boiled eggs….to avoid disasters and disappointments with the finished product).
On St. Patrick’s Day EVERYONE feels Irish, especially those who like to drink beer, since green beer is plentiful that day.
My son-in-law is of Irish and Dutch decent, so he and my daughter always host St. Patrick’s Day party for their family and friends. My husband and I also attend, and enjoy spending some fun time with everyone (there is always lots of great food and plenty of drinks).
I bet you thought I will post another recipe, but this time I decided to post this wonderful poem:
My husband and I love French Onion Soup. However, lately we have not been able to find one to satisfy our taste. Most of them are very salty, and often time somewhat bitter, as if the onions were browned too much.
I have been searching for a good recipe, so I could make it myself at home, but the ones I have tried just did not compare to our favorite one we used to enjoy upstate New York.