Here’s what our table looked like, and here also is a picture of Laura signing one of the books. Karen and Joe were among the first to come through and bought the very first book we ever sold at a signing event – thanks to our Dance Budz! We got the signing process down pretty quickly but had to be very sure that we had the spelling right for the dedications...I did screw up a couple of times but recovered seamlessly.
Kielbasa Factory in Rockville Md. This is a serious Polish deli frequented by many Poles in this area. Many varieties of kielbasa, ham and other traditional meats, imported foods and other products from Poland, all the latest magazines, folk art, and of course our book. Laura got an bright red apron that said “Pierogi Queen.” Here is a picture of us with owner Krystyna Ahrens. Traffic was a bit light because of Mothers Day and because the local Polish Church had an event at the same time, but never-the-less we sold and signed quite a few books during our time there. Gratefully, we were able to study the deli cases and plan out what goodies we need to buy for an upcoming party starring dishes from our book. So it all worked out well, and we promised to come back to Kielbasa Factory closer to the holidays, when folks from all over the area will flood the store to get their holiday goodies.
By the end of the weekend we were beat and couldn’t wait to dive into a festive adult beverage and just “veg” in front of the tube. And we did – on both counts!
With our party coming up, I’d like to serve a traditional Polish drink to accompany the bigos, stuffed cabbage rolls, kielbasa, vegetable salad, and other dishes from our book. Poles love flavored vodkas, and Prune Vodka is a very traditional recipe that goes back hundreds of years. It’s a not-so-distant cousin to Slivovitz (plum brandy) since prunes are nothing but dried plums.
1 cup of dried prunes, pitted and sliced
1 bottle of good Polish vodka (Luksusowa is a mid priced brand of Polish potato vodka that I think is especially smooth, but you should choose your favorite.)
Add the prunes to the vodka; stick in the freezer for 3 to 6 weeks. Shake the bottle gently every 2nd day. Just before serving, strain vodka through double thickness of cheese cloth. Stick bottle back in the freezer until the last minute. Serve ice cold.