Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Dinner For The Shelter

This almost did not happen.  I was not planning on making Easter dinner for the shelter.  They get hams donated and they prepare Easter dinner for all the homeless and the elderly in the area.   They have tons of volunteers and they do this all on Good Friday.  I assumed it was all taken care of.  However, The Blog Tech was volunteering that day and he texted me telling me that all the guys were asking what I was making and when I would be bringing it.  So, I jumped into action and made my super duper ham recipe. I made 3 of them. You can find the recipe here:

This does make the world's best ham.

 I thought halushki would be a good side dish and something a bit different for them.
 You can find the recipe and the final pics of it here:

 I sliced up all of the ham and made potato rolls so they could make sandwiches if they wanted to.  As it ends up, the homeless guys ate the regular fried fish that they pass out so this was the only ham they ended up getting.

 Then I made my mom's Easter rolls.  She always made these for us at Easter when we were kids.  First you make the dough:

1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2-1/4 tsp. rapid rise yeast
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Mix this all together until you have a smooth dough.  Cover and let rise until doubled.  Roll this out into a large rectangle.

 Brush it with melted butter and sprinkle it with chopped walnuts.  Roll the nuts in using a rolling pin.

 Fold the dough into thirds. 

 Slice a 1/2 inch strip. Twist them from end to end.

 Tie them in knots and place them on cookie sheets.  Let them rest until they rise a bit.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 12 minutes.  They should just be starting to turn golden on the edges.

Place them on racks to cool and drizzle them with confectioners sugar icing.  These are some of the tastiest breakfast rolls ever.

We packed everything up and delivered it to the shelter for Saturday's dinner.  My daughter leaves today to start her new job tomorrow.  My son is going to dinner at his girlfriend's parents.  I am sick of cooking Easter food so we are going out to eat Korean tonight! 

Saturday, March 30, 2013


 I've had a very busy couple days.  I made a huge Easter dinner for the shelter. I made 8 of these walnut potivicas.

 You can find the recipe here:

 I used walnuts but you could also make it with pecans.

 The dough has to be rolled out very thin.

 And the nuts have to be spread over it.

 Then it is rolled very tight.

 And coiled into the pan.

The guys at the shelter were thrilled to get these.  I'll show you what else I made for them tomorrow.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Polish Easter Food

 It is always lots of fun to shop in the local Polish and Russian stores the week before Easter.  They are well stocked with all sorts of good Easter food.  I went to the Polish store yesterday.

 Apricot and nut kolaczki.

 Good smoked Polish ham.

 Cabbage rolls and pastry rolls filled with meat and sauerkraut and mushrooms.

Good Polish salami.

And pierogies.  Ever church in this city has pierogi sales going on this week.  My favorites are potatoes and cheddar and mushroom and sauerkraut.  You can find almost every filling you can imagine.  Some are filled with cottage cheese.  Some are filled with prunes (lekvar).  I can even find potato and jalepeno!  These are almost always fried in butter with onions and served with sour cream.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Still Snowing

 I guess I could just post this same pic everyday!

 And this one too.

 Teddy is more than ready for spring. I can't even get her to look at me.  The weather is my fault.

It has been snowing all morning.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cooking For The Homeless

Because of preparing for my daughter's event, I skipped cooking for the shelter for a whole week.  I knew the guys missed my food so I wanted to make them their favorite dinner upon my return.  They wanted meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy and bread.
The Blog Tech and I cooked all day.  We made 8 quarts of gravy.
And 20 + pounds of mashed potatoes
 Since they serve their main meal at lunch, it gets tricky to have everything ready that early in the day.  I decided to make the meatloaves ahead of time and send them to the mission with The Blog Tech and he could cook them there while I made the bread.

 He took them down early the next morning and got them started.  The cook said he would take care of them and sent The Blog Tech home.

These meatloaves weighed almost 25 pounds each.  When I arrived at the shelter, I asked the cook how the meatloaves were coming along.  He said, they don't look as good as they do when you cook them.  OMG...I looked at them and they looked like one of those scenes from a movie when the meal was burned to a crisp with smoke coming out.  I don't know how they managed but the meatloaves looked burned on the outside and were still raw in the middle.  Somehow they managed to finally get them cooked because when The Blog Tech went back to serve the meal, all of it was devoured.
Lesson learned....if you want something done right, do it yourself!

Monday, March 25, 2013


This is as close to outside as Teddy has been all day.

We found this when we woke up this morning.

About 5 inches of heavy wet snow. And it has been snowing all day.

Teddy chose to just sit and stare.

And another storm is on the way for midweek.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Big Storm is on the Way

 For any of you that are in the path of this storm, here are a few spring pics to focus on.

 The Blog Tech and I spent the morning making two twenty pound meatloaves, gallons of gravy and a ton of mashed potatoes for the shelter for lunch tomorrow.

He will leave early tomorrow in the storm to takes the food and bake the meatloaves at the shelter.  I will get up early and bake bread and take it down in time for the meal.  It will make a nice snowy day meal for the guys!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sometimes it is Very Hard to Wake up in the Morning

 It is so early to start cooking, mama.

 Can't I sleep a bit longer?

 What did you say?  I might get a treat?

 I'll just close my eyes for a minute.


Okay....I am ready to get this day started!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Asian Smoked Salmon Spread and a Meat and Cheese Platter

This is  a wonderful Asian smoked salmon spread.  Mix 1 large bar of cream cheese with 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. Add 3 tablespoons of sesame oil and 2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger.  Add 3 tsp. of soy sauce, 1 bunch of diced green onions and a bunch of fresh cilantro and 1 package of smoked salmon.  Pulse in your food processor until combined.
I only had saltines on hand for the pic but this is best served on buttery round crackers.
Blogger is driving me crazy.  It refuses to put my photos in order.  So, some of these are out of order and it will not allow me to fix them.  Here is the meat platter I made for last nights event.  It is long gone by now.
This is the base for the cheese platter.  My daughter filled it in with nuts and dried fruit before placing it on the buffet.

Is anyone else having this problem with blogger?  This was supposed to be the first photo on today's post.