Friday, December 17, 2010

It's a wrap!

Witamy!  The manuscript for our beautiful cookbook was just delivered to the publisher. We’re done…at least with this phase! Hurray!

The release date has been announced as March 2011 so we have the winter to work with the publisher on marketing the book. They will be setting up book signings, media interviews, etc. We’ve already had some inquiries close to home about book signing events. There will be some travel involved to visit cities where lots of Polish-Americans live…maybe Chicago, Detroit, etc. Great fun!

It’s cold and snowy today, so the recipe of the day is my Mom’s hearty Pea Soup with Barley. It’ll warm your bones!

Pea Soup with Barley
Grochowka z peczakiem
Serves 8

1/2 cup barley
2 cups salted water
1/4 lb. bacon, diced
1 medium can of green peas
4 cups beef broth

Add the barley to cold water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer until tender. Fry the bacon until golden. Add with the drippings to the cooking barley. Rub the peas through a fine sieve. Combine the peas and their liquid with the barley. Add the broth and bring to a boil.

Laura’s Hint: This recipe is a classic and appeared in The Art of Polish Cooking more than 40 years ago, before the days of many kitchen aids we use today. Instead of rubbing the peas through a sieve, consider using a blender. Also, a fist full of ham chunks or kielbasa slices would add power to the soup – go for it!

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The Polish phase of the day  is: Ale zimno – czy mamy zupe? (Pronounced:;  Ah-le zhimno - chyh mahmyh zoo-peh?) meaning – Wow, it’s cold – do we have any soup?

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