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Uszka

Polish Mini Pierogis aka Uszka

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stuffing

A lovely woman from Poland sent me the recipe below and said these were a favorite of hers. Several years having passed since the first pelmeni debacle I was willing to try them. Plus, they are served in the Polish version of borsch and I was already planning on making that over the weekend. Clearly, the stars had aligned. So why not I thought. I googled around to see a number of different uszka recipes and generally learn more about them. The recipe below is what I consolidated everything on. And this time it worked! Happy dance. These were AMAZING. Light, tasty and plain adorable. They look like the picture of every expertly made pelmeni that I’ve ever seen. I am totally making these again with different fillings. On a day when I have lots of time.

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Raspberry Custard Pie

Raspberry Custard Pie

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

So this is clearly the part where I flood the site with black raspberry recipes. In our case, we have a ton of wild black raspberries that grow in our yard, although we also like to go out and pick berries commercially too. I love my classic black raspberry pie, but I’m always up for something new from my cookbook collection or the web. This one was fun to try because it had a different filling which made it almost like a varient on raspberry cream pie (also good, BTW). You can use either black or red raspberries in this.

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Raspberry Turnovers

Raspberry Turnovers

Serves: 6

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

We had a bumper year of raspberry picking last year, which is great because I love raspberry, they are some of my favorite berries (although to be fair I don’t know that I’ve ever met a berry I don’t like) and I enjoy picking in general. This year we went a little nuts and picked 13 lbs of berries. I made a lot of seriously awesome pie and will post that recipe soon. I also made jam and pie filling. Oh and these lovely pastries.

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Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

Serves: 4

Time: 10 minutes +1 hour sitting

Kid Friendly Tasks: picking cucumbers

Summertime and the cucumbers are cheap, plentiful and fresh at the market. They make a lovely cooling, crisp summer salad. The salad below is one of my favorites to make each summer. It pulls together quickly although you absolutely have to remember to mix the cucumbers with the salt ahead of time. Otherwise they dilute the dressing too much once the salad has sat for a while and then you get soup. This salad keeps for about a day after it’s made. I like to serve it with shashlik or mousaka, but it would be lovely with anything.

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Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Berry Pickers

Yeah for spring and strawberry season! I corralled my three, mostly willing, helpers (hey there was the promise of ice cream from nearby at the end) and we set off on a grand picking adventure. After the usual hour it took to lotion everyone up and put on hats we set out towards the strawberry fields. The first thing we learned, other than that the berries were plentiful, was that my toddler had no interest in picking. However, he was very interested in the part where you put the berries in the bucket. Lucky for us his older sister agreed to be a team with him. She picked and he dropped the berry into the bucket while his brother struck out for parts unknown in search of the largest berries

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