Some of my fondest memories from childhood are the times spent in my Baba’s kitchen. The aromas of fresh bread baking in the oven and chicken soup simmering on the stove, the blending together of voices young and old, and my grandmother in her apron and babushka, provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere for her family. The kitchen served as the center of the home and as the place where some of life’s most important lessons were taught and learned. Simple principles of generosity, honesty and love. It was also in this kitchen I learned to eat the
foods and celebrate the traditions that were central to my Slovak and Rusyn heritage.Paska bread at Easter, Bobalky at Christmas and Halushki every Friday night. Baba’s Kitchen is a collection of recipes and traditions passed down through the generations in my family. I share them as a tribute to my grandmothers and to Rusyn and Slovak women everywhere who continue to preserve and share their cooking, rituals and traditions.
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