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Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in SMACZNEGO! FOOD | 0 comments

How to Make Pierogi

HOW TO MAKE PIEROGI

Who doesn’t like Pierogi (pronounced Peah-roh-gee)?  

Pierogies can be filled with many different fillings and can be made to be savory and sweet.  I decided to make savory filled pierogi with garlic chicken and sauerkraut. Yummy.  My house smelled like the Taste of Polonia for days! There’s something about the smell of melted butter and onions that always gives me that warm fuzzy feeling, they are a complete comfort food for me.  You can adapt this recipe by adding any filling you would like such as potatoes and cheese, mushrooms and even fruit filled pierogies such as blueberries!    

These awesome moon shaped dumplings can be made by setting the recipe up into 5 stages.
CLICK FOR THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE PIEROGIES. 

Pierogi ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 4 cups white unbleached flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon oil (olive oil)
  • Chicken & Sauerkraut Filling ingredients:
    sauerkraut
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ lb ground chicken
  • Fresh cracked pepper (add amount to taste preferred)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1 to 1 ½ cup of sauerkraut (I used Lowell sauerkraut salad)

Prep Time: 1.30 hours (30 minutes for dough to rest)
Servings: 15-20 Pierogi  

5 STEPS TO MAKE PIEROGIES
1) MAKE THE DOUGH:

  • Mix 4 cups of sifted unbleached white flour, pinch of salt, olive oil together.
  • Add 1 ½ cups of warm water slowly to the dry mixture.
  • Knead the dough for a few minutes adding some flour if it get’s too tacky and cover for a minimum of 30 minutes (up to an hour). 

    TIP – Roll out your dough into a long tube shape.  This will help expedite the process where you can easily cut your pierogies immediately verses rolling out sheets of dough.doughtip

2) MAKE THE FILLING  – (you can also make the filling ahead of time a day before to save time.)filling

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.  Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute, and then add your chicken. Allow the chicken to cook thoroughly for 3 to 5 minutes.  Stir in the green onions, Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and black pepper.  Add the sauerkraut and mix until well combined.

3) MAKING MOON-SHAPES & ADDING THE FILLING

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  • Take your tube shaped dough and slice the dough into 1” pieces.  Take the bottom of a glass and spread some butter at the bottom of it.  Use the glass to smash down the piece of dough until you get a circular shape (similar to the size of a sugar cookie).  Then take a tablespoon of chicken and sauerkraut filling and add it to the center of your pierog.  Fold over the dough, making a half moon shape.  Use a fork to seal around the edges.  If you are having some temperamental pierogies and they don’t want to seal, just dab some water onto them and they should cooperate.

4) BOIL YOUR PIEROGIES

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pierogies.  Cook them for 3 to 5 minutes.  They will rise to the top of your pot when they are ready. 

5) SAUTÉE with butter and onion and serve with sour cream and garnish with some green onions.  You can also pack ‘em in the freezer for a quick dinner at a later time.  These are awesome time saver meals.

Smacznego!  Enjoy!

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in CLEANING LADY TIPS |

5 CLEANING LADY TIPS

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Część!
Happy Hump day!
Hope you are having a splendid week.
 I’d like to share a few cleaning and organization tips with you that have made my life a bit easier.

But before I do I’d like to let you know that I suffer from OCD binge cleaning…I start to morph into my alter ego, Monica Geller from the popular 90’s show Friends and end up going on cleaning binges every few weeks.

Here is a quick clip if you haven’t watched the show in a while of what I am like, maybe you can relate?
monicagellerI’ve learned over the years that this usually occurs when either of the two situations present themselves:

1) Clutter starts to accumulate.
2) My toilet’s aren’t sparkling clean (insert cartoon sound effect “ding!”)
Over the years I have learned some things that have helped keep my home
rachelcartoonorganized and clean especially when I’m in a hurry…which is almost everyday.  Please read further below for 5 tips to make your home a better place. 

Here are 5 Cleaning Lady Tips:
1) Lemons are one of the staple fruits we keep in our home…besides using them for food and cocktails they are amazing at helping me clean around the home.  Lemons help to clean and naturally aerate a room with their citrusy scent.  One cleaning hack I use often is cleaning my kitchen and bathroom sinks with lemons.
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Just apply some lemon juice to bath fixtures and wipe away with a microfiber cloth.  Another tip is to use the the back of the lemon peel to scrub away any toothpaste and/or soap scum residue.

2)ROOM DIVIDERS:
ABRACADABRA!  I love, love, love room dividers.  What better way to change the appearance of a room then by putting up bendable fake walls?  These are especially great when you have to split a room up between let’s say kids toys and an elegant dining area.    
roomdividers3) Basket, baskets, and more baskets:

5 Cleaning Lady Tips4) VODKA

V-O-D-K-ANa zdrowie! What other liquid can you have a cocktail with and clean with?!
In all seriousness Vodka is the all purpose cleaner!  Just combine one part water to one part vodka and you have a disinfectant and cleaner that can be used to clean counter-tops, bathroom countertops, windows, mirrors and even cutting boards in the kitchen.  I particularly like to use it to clean up my bathtubs and countertops.

5) Air Fresheners
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Who doesn’t like to walk into their home and smell something good?
We have gone through years testing all kinds of air fresheners.  This is mostly due to the fact we have had dogs in our home for years…and when one of our dogs took FOREVER to learn how to potty train we were stuck with trying always fix the lingering smell.  Felt like ground hogs day every time we would come home, “Honey, do you smell that?”   They say everything happens for a reason and through all that I have learned to scope out the best air fresheners.  One of my favorite finds for years has been the VYN branded scented branches.  I found these at Menard’s of all places, (I know the jingle is running through your head right now, Save Big Money at Menards)..it was one of those impulse things, I went in to buy some light bulbs and came across these beautiful 36” rain scented blue branches.  I’ve been hooked every since.   

 

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