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What is At Hanka's Table?

At Hanka's Table is the story of a remarkable Polish-American family revealed through food, history, personal narrative and art. Visit Hanka's Table Website - it contains recipes decorated with a wonderful graphics.

Exiles from Communist Poland, Hanka and her internationally known artist husband Jan Sawka arrived in New York City in 1977 with a few dollars, a couple of suitcases and a toddler. They were about to embark on a life filled with art, adventure and exotic foods.

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At Hanka's Table - Review by Suzanne Owen

If you were to judge this book by its cover, you would think that this is a book of Polish recipes, but a quick glance inside makes it clear that at Hanka's table, foods from many different countries are enjoyed. Ms. Sawka offers many traditional Polish recipes, such as Jellied Carp (for a Wigilia feast), Poppy Seed Cake, Bigos, Paczki and Sorrel Soup, but interspersed between them are recipes for dishes such as gazpacho, pumpkin soup, buttermilk biscuits, crepes, curried chicken and strawberry mousse.

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Old Polish Cuisine: History of Food in Poland

What did our ancestors eat? What do we know about history of the Polish food? These are the questions which many Polish people or people of Polish origin would like to answer. There is a whole branch of Polish cuisine called old-Polish cuisine kuchnia staropolska which deals mainly with the forgotten food products and dishes.

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Eat Smart in Poland: Excellent Practical Guide of Polish Cuisine

Eat Smart in Poland is an unusual book not only about food but about how food was entangled with Polish history, culture and tradition. The authors, Joan and David Peterson, stress that one cannot learn Polish dishes without knowing Poland. It is much more than just a cookbook, it is not only about the taste of the Polish food but also about taste and flavor of Poland.

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Fall Approaches

Where has the summer gone? It seems like we were just picking strawberries and now it is almost fall. One of the first signs, or rather smells, that makes me think of fall is of apples in a nearby orchard. Ted and I often ride our bikes in the morning or evening on a nearby back road where there is an orchard with peaches, pears, and apples. When we start to notice the juicy, fruity aroma of apples, we know that summer is on the wane. Just the other day I noticed this for the first time. Soon it will be time to go over to Nichols orchard and pick apples for cakes, pies, and sauce, and to have in a basket on the porch for all to enjoy. We have done this for over 30 years!

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