Thursday, November 28, 2013

Kielbasa Loaf and Haluski

Gearing up for the holidays means a couple of dishes must be at the table for the holidays. Kielbasa Loaf and halsuki  are two of them. For folks not into cooking your own, some of the best kielbasa and kielbasa loaf anywhere can be ordered and bought from Kowalonek's  and Masser's  here in the heart of the coal region. Kowalonwek's has international fame as the best, but they duel every year, LOL. 

But for those that do like to cook, here it is. 

 Kielbasa Loaf:

2 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 1/2 lbs ground pork
3 tbs tender quick (cole's hardware has this here)
1 tbs garlic powder although i usually add more, lol
1/2 tbs black pepper
1 tbs mustard seed
2 cups ice water

Mix well, form into loaf on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for an hr.

Haluski is a great way to use up your fall garden cabbage and is always yummy. I always serve mine with a side of applesauce, but then, I eat applesauce with everything, LOL.


The quick version is this--

1 head cabbage
1 package wide noodles
Onions to taste
Salt and pepper

Variation 1: Cook wide noodles and drain. Cut up cabbage, onions, add butter and water. Cook until cabbage is done, making sure no water remains (5 to 7 minutes). Pour cabbage over noodles and mix well. Add salt and pepper.

Variation 2: Cut the cabbage up any way you like, do the same with the onion. Heat a large pan (I use medium-high heat on an electric range). When the pan is hot, add bacon grease (If you ever make bacon, always save the grease! It keeps a long time in the fridge.) or the 'grease' of your choice. When the grease is hot, add cabbage and onions and saute for a few minutes. Turn down the heat (medium) and cover the pan. Let this cook until the cabbage is soft. If you want the cabbage browned more, remove the lid and turn up the heat again. Add grease as you need it. Add the cooked noodles and serve.

Full version:

2 C flour
pinch salt
1 egg, well beaten

1 large chopped onion
2 tsp oil
1 medium head cabbage
garlic powder to taste

Cabbage part-- saute onion in oil, add chopped cabbage and steam /saute until tender.

Dough part-- Add enough milk t make dough stiff when mixed. Roll out thin (1/8 inch) on floured board and cut into 2 inc squares. Drop dough into boiling water and cook 3 minutes. drain, rinse and let dry for a few minutes. Add dough to to steamed cabbage and simmer around 30 minutes. The more butter, the merrier.

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, Chag Sameach!

Hello again! I have been really missing in action this year with helping my Dad out all summer and into fall, but he's on track and doing well now and I can get back to this and what I love.

I have previous posts on Thanksgiving and the dishes. Our menu usually goes like this:

Roast turkey and ham
Goopy taters
Baked corn
Green bean casserole
Candied yams with marshmellows
Seven layer Salad
Apple cranberry salad
Red Beet eggs
Deviled eggs
Spinach and artichoke dip
Butternut Squash mash with butter, maple syrup and cinnamon
Apple, pumpkin pies
Rice pudding

It varies a little as folks will bring more goodies along but that's the main deal.
You can find some of the recipes here:

Also, today is Hanukkah, which hasn't fallen on Thanksgiving in over a 100 years. Another reason to be very super thankful and blessed. You can find ideas for this week's celebration in a previous post here:

So, now that we have those covered, my next post will be goodies coming on up into Christmas.


                                                           HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Giving Thanks

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving! 

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving! 

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving! 

~Author Unknown

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She explained, "You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution."

Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale's request immediately, unlike several of his predecessors, who ignored her petitions altogether. In her letter to Lincoln she mentioned that she had been advocating a national thanksgiving date for 15 years as the editor of Godey's Lady's Book. George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789, exactly 74 years before Lincoln's.

The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise." According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln's secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary how he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union troops.

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State