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Ukrainian Wedding – Korovai, Greeting Bread, and Wedding Cake

June is a very popular month for weddings, at least in the United States. I have attended many weddings with various traditions, but if you ever attended a Ukrainian wedding, you can attest to the fact that there is lots of food, endless desserts, special bread (Greeting Bread and Korovai) in addition to the Wedding Cake, and lots of dancing, to most likely lots of very fast beats of a Ukrainian live band.

Ukrainian Wedding With A Very Personal Touch

My family and I had the great pleasure of attending a very special Traditional Ukrainian Wedding. What made this wedding extra special, is that it was very close to our hearts, and many of the traditional wedding items were created by people very close to the heart of the Bride and Groom.

Pork Ribs With Bourbon Whiskey Barbecue Sauce – Recipe

You don’t need to wait for a special holiday or a celebration, to have a barbecue. You do it just because you feel like taking advantage of the warm weather, and cooking outdoors. Not to mention to give your husband a chance to show off his grilling skills, while you are relaxing with a nice cold drink while chatting with everyone (which most likely will happen after you set everything up for him beforehand…).

Ukrainian Potato Salad (Olivie) – European Recipe

There are so many different versions of Potato Salad, but once you taste this one, it will be your favorite.
It is very similar to the Suburban Potato Salad, but it contains a few different ingredients, such as spicier mustard but no apple.  In Ukraine many cooks add cubed smoked sausage (Kovbasa) to this salad, making it even richer in taste and texture.

Sorrel Borscht (Shchav, Shchavel) – Recipe

If you like tangy flavored soups, you will love Sorrel Borscht (Shchav). My first experience with tasting this dish was in a Polish restaurant, while visiting my family in Poland. My husband really liked the slightly tangy taste of this soup, so I have been preparing it during the sorrel growing season. The main ingredient is sorrel, of course, a simple herb but not easily found in a grocery store, but rather in a specialty food shop, or a garden (your own or your friend’s).

You can find a ready-made Shchav Borscht, in the Kosher section at your favorite grocery store, but its taste does not measure up to the fresh, homemade version. Once you make it at home, you most likely will never want to buy it pre-made.