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Dec 12: for [personal profile] dine:what are your favourite holiday dishes? (share recipes if you want)

This one's both easy and hard! My favorite (childhood) holiday dishes are a mix of ones that aren't holiday-specific -- my mom's spicy spinach and her famous green beans -- mom makes those all the time, because they're so good, and holiday-specific Polish dishes my mom learned from her paternal grandmother -- chrusciki, kielbasy, and kapusta. In adulthood, I've added some favorite dishes from my husband's family traditions -- scallops over pasta, rib roast, lobster bisque, crabcakes Benedict.

None of these do I have recipes for, exactly -- I know how to make many of them, but it was mostly learned in the kitchen. I'm sure I've written some of them down before, but here are some basic methods:

Spicy spinach: sweat garlic in extra-virgin olive oil (or butter, or a mix of the two) in a LARGE, wide pan until translucent. DO NOT allow it to brown! add cayenne and a giant amount of spinach. No, more spinach than that. Seriously, it shrinks down to like 1/10 the amount. Add pepper and salt to taste and then throw some handfuls of grated parmesan in there. Fend off other diners with a knife while you shovel it into your mouth, snarling.

Green beans: chop up some onions and bell peppers. Cook over medium heat in extra-virgin olive oil until they are soft and caramelizing. Add green beans, rosemary, salt & pepper. Cook til beans are how you like your beans. Throw some handfuls of grated parmesan in there.

Kielbasy: look you're gonna need my mom's recipe, a meat grinder, a sausage stuffer, and some sheep casings if you can get them. And pork butt and mustard seed and marjoram and it has to smell right and...look I can't really help you out with this one.

Kapusta: chop up some white cabbage and boil it until tender-ish but not TOO tender. meanwhile, melt some butter in a giant high-sided pan with a lid (like a big enameled Dutch oven) and in there you put some bacon (leave out if vegetarian) and sliced onion. when the bacon & onions are cooked, toss in a bit of flour and cook that in the fat for a bit, then add sugar, white vinegar, and the cabbage. Stir it all up together til the sauce coats everything and the cabbage is properly tender.

Chrusciki are a fried dough cookie. You can use any chrusciki recipe you find online for these, really. It's a dough with a lot of eggs in, and you roll it out and cut slices and fry them in shortening or lard (lots of people twist them or wrap them to make "wings" -- their English name is Angel Wings -- but my mom never did) and then dust them with powdered sugar. If you have teenagers you will need an extra wooden spoon to rap their knuckles as they steal from the pile of chrusciki as you make them.

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Date: 2014-12-12 08:38 pm (UTC)
dine: (Xmas mistletoe)
From: [personal profile] dine
and now I'm really hungry! these all sound amazing, and I love the way you wrote up your directions. I've been banned from eating lots of leafy greens (due to one of my new meds), otherwise I'd be making that spinach tonight

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Date: 2014-12-12 10:05 pm (UTC)
dine: (rainbow eye - jchalo)
From: [personal profile] dine
that's inspiring! I hope you enjoy eating your failure

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Date: 2014-12-12 08:39 pm (UTC)
niqaeli: cat with arizona flag in the background (Default)
From: [personal profile] niqaeli
Is the spinach cooking down from the heat in the pan from sweating the garlic or do you apply any additional cooking... ?

Also, yes, you always need to add more spinach. No, really, more. No, you think you know how much spinach cooks down and have added a sufficiently absurd quantity but you're wrong and have managed to forget just HOW MUCH spinach cooks down, you should add more.

...I regularly make a creamy spinach/cheese filling that I will also just eat straight up, can you tell.

eta: oh, i just realised you probably meant, like, you use a giant pan to sweat the garlic and then proceed to add the spinach to the same pan while it is on the burner while presumably keeping it on a reasonable, medium garlic-sweating heat. I AM NOT FULLY AWAKE YET, the caffeine hasn't kicked in. /o\
Edited Date: 2014-12-12 08:40 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2014-12-13 06:16 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: A shiny green chilli (Food: Green Chilli)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
look you're gonna need my mom's recipe, a meat grinder, a sausage stuffer, and some sheep casings if you can get them. And pork butt and mustard seed and marjoram and it has to smell right and...look I can't really help you out with this one.

Oh, man, this, and you'd better know the right songs, too, and have a dozen relatives come over and help. (If it's anything like making Italian sausage, anyway.)

And now I'm craving spinach like nothing else, and there's no way to get any! Cruel!

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