Sunday, October 15, 2006

Mama Filipowicz's Famous Pickle Soup

When I married into a Polish family, I learned that all Polish people make pickle soup. It's just a thing. I haven't tried to make this recipe yet, my mother-in-law gave it to me. Since I'm Polish now, I have to make it one day. When she makes it, it's tastey.

1 can liquid broth
2 litres water
1 carrot cubed
5 potato cubed
1 teaspoon veggie soup mix
3 large pickles
1/2 cup pickle brine (to taste)
1/2 cup milk

1. Boil everything (except the milk).
2. Add the milk.
3. Boil some more.
4. Done.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


These yummy german noodle thingies are a must for anyone who wants to impersonate a german grandmother.

3 cups flour
4 eggs
A whole bunch of butter and salt

1. Put the flour in a bowl and salt it to death.
2. Beat the eggs.
3. Add a cup of water to the eggs.
4. Add the eggs and water to the flour and beat with a wooden spoon (yes, it must be wooden. I don't know why. Just go with it)
5.Add more salt for good measure.
6. When the dough looks kinda sticky and stretchy it's ready. (You might need to add more water, but not necessarily).
7. Boil a pot of water.
8. Using a spaetzle maker (go buy one, it looks like a giant garlic press and makes the dough into noodles) squish the dough into the boiling water.
9. Boil it for almost no time at all, until it floats to the top.
10. Strain the noodles.
11. Fry them up in a whole lot of butter and salt until they're a bit crispy.

Remember: Don't skimp on the butter. Ask yourself WWOD (What Would Omi Do)?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Pierogi Lasagna

This is a most delicious meal. It must be nutricious too. Look it has all the food groups: veggies (onions), dairy (cheese, and cottage cheese), protein (bacon), and carbs (potato, pasta). Anyhoo, here it is, a cullinary masterpiece.

Lasagna noodles (you need 6 noodles for the recipe, but I suggest just making the whole pack. Your lucky if you get 6 that aren't broken.)

Onions (two of those big honking cooking onions)

1 1/2 cups cottage cheese

Like 2 cups grated cheddar

Some mashed potatoes (I used 7 of those little red ones. About 6 cups. You can use instant mashed potatoes, but mashing potatoes really isn't that hard. Lazy people.)

1 pack of bacon.

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Make the mashed potatoes (use your medium sized pot, because only a big pot will fit lasagna noodles)

3. Make the lasagna noodles according to package directions (so just boil them in a big pot)

4. Cut up the onions in little bits and sauté them in a little oil.

5. Fry the bacon. Not too crispy, because it's going in the oven later.

6. Save half a cup of onions and half a cup of grated cheese for the top of the lasagna.

7. Mix the cottage cheese, cheese, and onions with the mashed potatoes.

8. Get a 9 x 13" glass dish and spray it with Pam

9. Lay 2 lasagna noodle in the bottom of it.

10. Spread half of the potato mixture on the lasagna noodles.

11. Lay 1/3 of the bacon on top.

12. Put 2 more lasagna noodles down.

13. Spread the other half of the potato stuff on.

14. Lay another 3rd of the bacon on top.

15. Put 2 more lasagna noodles down (see how hard it is to find ones that aren't broken?)

16. Top with the remaining cheese, onions, and bacon.

17. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 F.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Party Punch

I heard rumours that you can add alcohol to this but I've won't be testing that theory for at least 9 months.

2 liters Sprite
2 liters no-name mango fruit punch
2 liters rasberry sorbet
2 bananas, sliced
2 cans of pineapple
Some strawberries, sliced

Nothing too hard. Just mix everything together in a big bowl. I recommend putting the sorbet in before adding the fruit so that you can mash it up a bit without squashing bananas (I realized this after). You can also let the sorbert float in the bowl acting as ice (but then people might like "What's that weird chunk all about?"). This recipes makes a lot so you may want to half it if you don't have so many people.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Spinachy noodle recipe that I just made up

This recipe is so yummy and spinachy. I am the best spinach cook ever!

1 package frozen chopped spinach
Half an onion, chopped into itty bits
1 cup milk
1 cup broth
1 tomato, chopped into itty bits
Like, a tablespoon of margarine or so (I used a super heart smart kind so it's totally low fat).
Maybe a tablespoon of flour
Some chicken chopped up (optional)
A little oil (to sautee the onions)
Garlic, maybe 2 cloves, minced
Enough pasta for two.
Whatever spices you like.

1. Sautee the onions with the garlic and fry up the chicken in the same pan.
2. Add the milk and broth and when it looks like it's boiling a bit, toss in the noodles. Keep boiling.
3. When the noodles are sort of cooked, put in the flour and margarine to thicken the sauce a bit.
4. When everything looks done almost, put in the spinach and tomatoes and cook it until it's all done.

Disclaimer: I like spinach, you may not.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

potato noodley thingies and sauce

I got this out of a magazine. The noodles end up tasting sort of like spetchle. Of course I have no idea if that's how they're supposed to taste because the recipe was so goobery in its measurements that I decided against subscribing. It was tastey though so here's how to make it my way. (make sure you have some time on your hands)

Potato Noodley Thingies

Approx. 3 potatoes
1 to 1 1/2 cups of flour
1 egg

1.Boil the potatoes until they are soft.
2. Mash the potatoes. You need them seriously mashed so use a blender if you need to.
3. Add the egg, and sort of beat it while it's in there a little bit.
4. Add the flour and mix it until it's a lump of dough
5. kneed the dough a bit.
6. Make into noodley shapes. Whatever shapes you like.
7. Put them in a pot of boiling water.
8. Once they float to the top, take them out with one of those holey spoons and put them in ice (I don't know if the ice does anything but I'm afraid to try it with out).
9. Put them in a countainer and add some oil.
10. Put them in the fridge for later (whenever you decide to make the sauce).


1 can stewed tomatoes
6 tablespoons (or whatever) olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced (or 3 if you like garlic as much as I do)
Some cubes of cheese (I tried both mozzeralla and cheddar and both are yummilishious)
More veggies (onions, celery) optional

1. heat the olive oil and cook the optional veggies
2. Put the thinly sliced garlic in until it's kindof brown (like 30 seconds)
3. Add the can of tomatoes
4. When the tomatoes look warm take the pan off the heat
5. Take the noodles out of the fridge and put them in
6. Put everything back on the heat and toss until bubbly
7. Add the cheese and pepper
8. Eat it right away.