Monthly Archives: October 2014


Jane Forgiel, this one’s for you. 3

Jane Forgiel is my Mom’s mom, my grandmother. She grew up in Maryland, met my grandfather, a young doctor, while working as a nurse, and moved with him to Rhode Island, where she raised seven children. Unlike the Polish recipes of my other three grandparents, the dishes Gram was best known for […]


Guilty pleasure. 1

Every year, about a week before Christmas, my family gathers in Aunt Terry’s kitchen to make several hundred pierogi in preparation for Wigilia (pronounced vee-geel-ya), the Polish celebration on Christmas Eve. My Dad rolls out the elastic dough, rounds are cut out with a drinking glass and then filled with potato and cheese, sauerkraut or […]