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Polish Pączki Day on Fat Thursday

February 18, 2010 3 comments

I’ve never celebrated it, but apparently there is a Polish tradition called Pączki Day (pronounced POONCH-key) that is celebrated on Fat Thursday (the Thursday before Lent … which would have been last Thursday).  In the spirit of Fat Tuesday, people eat a lot of pączki before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

A pączek (singular) is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of dried orange zest. Although they look like  jelly doughnuts, pączki are made from especially rich dough containing eggs, fats, sugar and sometimes milk. They feature a variety of fruit and creme fillings and can be glazed, or covered with granulated or powdered sugar. Powidła (stewed plum jam) and wild rose hip jam are traditional fillings, but many others are used as well, including strawberry, Bavarian cream, blueberry, custard, raspberry and apple.

Pączki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. Jędrzej Kitowicz has described that during the reign of August III, under the influence of French cooks who came to Poland, pączki dough was improved, so that pączki became lighter, spongier, and more resilient.

Many Polish Americans celebrate Pączki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, the reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.

A great news report on Pączki Day in Hamtramck, MI.

In the large Polish community of Chicago, and other large cities across the Midwest, Pączki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. In Buffalo, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Windsor, Pączki Day is more commonly celebrated on Fat Tuesday instead of Fat Thursday. Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, due to its sizable Polish population.

In Hamtramck, Michigan, an enclave of Detroit, there is an annual Pączki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade, which has gained a devoted following. In the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, it it wide spread through out the region, that many bakeries have people that will wait in lines for pączki on Pączki Day. The Pączki Day celebrations in some areas are even larger than many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day.

[A “more Polish” perspective with a nice photo blog.]

I wish I knew this a couple days ago … I would have bought donuts.

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“Grace before meals” prayer from The Big Bang Theory

December 3, 2009 5 comments

My sister got me interested in The Big Bang Theory, so I watched the first episode from this season 3.

There’s a scene when Sheldon goes back home to Texas and does a prayer before eating dinner that would have come in handy for Thanksgiving.  Here is goes …

By His hand, we are all fed.
Give us Lord, our daily bread.
Please know that we are truly grateful,
For every cup and every plateful.
Amen.

Thanksgiving “Attitude of Gratitude” prayer

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

I hope everyone had as great a Thanksgiving as I did, with family & friends!

Attitude of Gratitude (prayer)
Dear Lord, we come to You today
With a humble attitude.
For all you give, our hearts are full
Of love and gratitude.Thank you for this special time
To offer our Thanksgiving.
Thank you for this food, and for
The blessed lives we’re living.
In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen
—By Joanna Fuchs


chocolate chip cake

091005-1951_chocolate-chip-cakeChocolate Chip Cakeone of Mom’s masterpieces!

poisoned Pickle burger @ Sonic

090705-2151_Sonic-drive-thoughAfter communal Night Prayer, on our way to return of Hertz rental car (for our trip to Mt Rushmore+), we drove through Sonic to celebrate having a car to get around in (we’re getting a bit tired of the bus system).  I ordered a Sonic burger with NO pickles and, (as my colorful history with pickles would have it), I received a plain burger with a beef patty and JUST pickles on it.  We were already on the move and didn’t want to go back, but I ate the burger (minus the pickles) anyways.  My first bad experience at my favorite burger place.  I would have take a picture of the burger, but it was too dark.

[This “Pickle burger” ended up being the root cause of my food poisoning experience over the next few days.]

090705-2152_Hertz-NeverLost-GPSI also noticed that our Hertz rental car came with a GPS that you’d normally pay extra for, but with Brian’s shmoozing of the Hertz counter-girl (with stories of Pittsburgh & St. Petersburg), we got it for free (which is exactly what it’s worth).  It’s called the Hertz NEVER Lost, but any emphasis to a name like that should be a clue it should be called the ALWAYS Lost … not the most reliable.  I wish I brought my Garmin … i miss her (Cassandra) voice.

best brownie @ AMHS

February 24, 2009 Leave a comment

09-02-24_amhs-mass-chapelThe last couple of day, I was with a couple seminarian brother doing vocation testimonies about our journey to the seminary at Archbishop McCarthy High School (AMHS). I’ll do another post about the actual talks, but wanted to post some pictures on the beautiful campus that I took walking around, most especially their new cafeteria.

Their chapel, in the center of the campus, has morning Mass everyday with Fr Chris Bartos @ 7:20am.  The chapel is absolutely beautiful [I posted more pictures of it during the summer when I was working with the summer school “Work Study Program”].

09-02-23_amhs-cafeteria-3Their cafeteria was just finished and opened back in September and has an amazing selection of “5 star” food [with some “5 star” prices … according to some kids], but is definitely a experience.  Subs, wraps, pizza, chicken, salads, desserts and lots more that I forgot.  Personally, I had their pizza one day and a turkey wrap the next … both delicious.  But what I will never forget … is the softest, moistest, chocolateyness, most delicious BROWNIE EVER!!

P.S. Sorry Nick … for catching you in all the pictures 🙂

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coco morning

February 5, 2009 Leave a comment

090205_sjvcs-cold-breakfast-1It’s cold today … even at breakfast!  Hot chocolate for sure!