Don’t get all excited and start spreading rumors on social media. This Easter I am adopting some ideas from other cultures. My family is Scotch/Irish through and through but when you grow up in Western New York you can’t help but pick up a wee bit of Polish influences.
This past week my mom and I took the boys to the Broadway Market in Buffalo. The name doesn’t sound Polish but don’t let that fool you. It is located in the heart of a Polish neighborhood and is a treasure trove of traditional baked goods, meats, wooden Easter eggs and pierogies! The sights and smells of the market get you ready for a wonderful Easter meal with family and friends.
We picked up some Placek from Chrusciki Bakery (I think that some grocery store in Lynchburg, VA needs to embrace its hidden Polish heritage so I can enjoy it more often!) and two adorable butter lambs. http://www.buffalobutterlambs.com
We also made a quick stop at my favorite spice store in the whole world….Penzey’s!! (Yes, I am strange enough to actually have a favorite spice store and once you visit one near you, it will become your favorite too!) I thought I only needed cream of tartar and cocoa powder but cinnamon, ginger and cloves kept calling my name. Hmmm…gingersnaps may be coming to some lucky person soon. Seriously, look at http://www.penzeys.com to see if there is a store nearby. If not, sign up for their catalog. Not only will you be treated to a myriad of spices but some terrific recipes. (I got my stuffed mushroom recipe from there years ago)
The kids and I left Western New York the day before Easter so that we could spend Easter celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with Dave and our church family at Thomas Road Baptist Church. We had a fun brunch with some friends celebrating with pussywillows and Polish eggs for decoration.
If you didn’t know pussywillows went with Easter…time to google Dyngus Day!