Food is such a marvelous memory trigger. Don’t you agree? Beef stew makes me think of my Mom. Hard-boiled eggs make me think of my Dad. Anything pickled reminds me of my brother Zack. Spicy chicken wings make me think of my brother Nick. Boiled carrots and red potatoes make me think of my Grandma. The person I seem to have the most food memories tied to is my Dziadzia (pronounced jah-jah). Grandpa in Polish.
When we had Sunday dinners at his house, there would be whole roasted chickens, or what us kids so fondly refer to as “butter chicken.” There was sauerkraut, lazy pierogies, regular pierogies, cabbage rolls, smashed potatoes, and of course his famous cucumber sour cream salad. On the days that he didn’t cook dinner, we went to this old school neighborhood family-style Polish restaurant, where we would pretty much order all the same things. The only difference was our meals came with soup and salad and big slices of rye bread.
Oh gosh, does this Polish girl looooove her rye bread!
For dessert, a big plate of kolaczki, danishes, and strudel. I always made a beeline towards anything with apricot or cream cheese filling. Even today, that is my jam.
Homemade danishes are definitely a labor of love but they are totally worth it. When I saw how beautiful these turned out, more beautiful than the old Polish restaurants I do have to say, I was so proud. I took a bite and immediately thought of my Dziadzia. Oh, he would have loved these.
That’s the magic of food. Now, if only the magic of food could have you lose weight instead of gaining it after eating six of these bad boys.
Brunch Week is still going on, so be sure to backtrack to my last post (click here) and enter the amazing giveaway from our awesome sponsors. Also be sure to check out the amazing recipes from my fellow food bloggers:
BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:
Apple Cheddar Chop Bread from A Day in the Life of the Farm.
Apple Cinnamon Buns from Books n’ Cooks.
Apple Lekvar Sweet Rolls from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
Apple Hotteok (Fried Stuffed Pancakes) from kimchi MOM.
Apricot Danishes from Sarcastic Cooking.
Braided Apple Ginger Danish from The Spiffy Cookie.
Bourbon Banana Waffles from Forking Up.
Cinnamon Sugar Apple Muffins from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen.
Easy Popovers with Honey Butter from Hardly A Goddess.
Glazed Cinnamon Buns from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.
Strawberry Rhubarb Almond Rolls from Wholistic Woman.
Ultimate Cheese Muffins from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner.
BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Aloo Tiki with Apple-Tamarind Chutney from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Asparagus Salad from Cookaholic Wife.
Asparagus Caprese Salad from The Barbee Housewife.
Cheesy Potato Asparagus Tart from Sew You Think You Can Cook.
Garlic Roasted New Potato and Asparagus Salad from An Edible Mosaic.
White Cheddar Pimento Cheese Spread from Love and Confections.
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