Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ukrainian Heritage

Being a girl who is half Italian and half Ukrainian, I got really excited when I saw on the Lebo website that there is a Ukrainian event coming up in nearby Carnegie. Details are below. The art of making Ukrainian Easter Eggs, called "psyanky", has been a tradition in my family since I was a child. It seems like it was only yesterday that my grandmother taught me how to make them. As time-consuming as they are, it is always a joy to carry on the tradition. The same holds true for making the traditional Ukrainian "Varenyky" (Ukrainian for "Pierogi"). Yum! I am the unofficial maker of the Varenyky for my entire extended family. My grandmother taught me well I suppose. For years my grandmother would not give me or anyone else the recipe for her verenyky - I suspect the reason was that there really was no recipe - she was one of those fabulous cooks who cooked by "feel". However, soon before her death, we made a final batch of verenyky together, and I carefully (and secretly) wrote down every detail of the process. That recipe and memory is one of my most prized possessions....

March 28 - 44th Annual Ukrainian Easter Egg Sale. The parish of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 220 Mansfield Blvd, Carnegie, PA will host this event. Featuring over 1,500 hand crafted Ukrainian Easter eggs, hand-made crafts from Eastern Europe, Ethnic foods from our kitchen, basket raffles, door prizes and church museum tours,. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Free Admission. Mastercard/Visa/Discover for egg and craft purchases. For additional information please call:

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