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[27 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | 2,111 views]
Chicken Paprikash

My Nagymama is a great cook. She made the BEST Chicken Paprikash with mushroom rice when I was growing up. She doesn’t cook now so my mom makes the recipe occasionally.
I have to give credit to my mother — Nagymama is dad’s mother and my mom takes care of her like they are related by blood. It’s really amazing and I don’t know anyone else who would be so patient and loving to someone else’s mother (especially one who can be as stubborn as Nagymama).
Here is the recipe for …

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[24 Nov 2008 | 6 Comments | 1,445 views]
Eastern European Treats at the Kielbasa Factory in Rockville

My dad picked me up at the airport the other day and asked if we could run a quick errand. I’ve known the man for 3o years but he never ceases to surprise. Where were we headed?

To The Kielbasa Factory (actual logo at left), on the second floor of a mini-mall on Rockville Pike. Just in case you were wondering, it’s the only grocery store that caters specifically to the Polish-American community in the D.C. area. They carry everything you might need to feed your cravings for sausage, chocolate, sweets, …

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[12 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,231 views]

My wonderful cousin Jami is in town this weekend and we have been having such a fantastic time together! Activities have included a visit to Salt Lick for BBQ, two-stepping at the Broken Spoke, yoga, dress and bike shopping, a three hour Thriller dance workshop, and more.

Last night, we decided to meet Ilyse and her friend Claire at the 76th annual Mediterranean Festival at St. Elias Orthodox Church. Saint Elias Church has been part of downtown Austin since 1932, when the Middle Eastern community built it by hand.
We were starving …

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[7 Oct 2008 | 3 Comments | 1,689 views]
HAAM Benefit Day Kicks Off at Whole Foods

Lucy and I woke up at 5:45 this morning to walk down to Whole Foods to see The Dime Store Poets, one of my favorite Austin bands perform. I think I might have been the only fan crazy enough to get up that early but Lucy and I were in the mood for adventure.
I grabbed a coffee (Whole Foods is donating 5% of their proceeds today to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians) and went outside to hang out. I asked the band if they could play one of my …

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[30 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,831 views]
Wishing You a Sweet New Year

L’Shana Tova to all of my fellow tribe members and a sweet New Year to All! Last night I enjoyed Rosh Hashanah dinner at Dave and Meredith’s. Their home is filled with such warmth and love and last night was especially cozy. They have so many people in their lives that they decided not to host a big Rosh Hashanah dinner like they often do. I had invited myself over as did Brian H. and Brian S. so it was a small group of us who rang in the …

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