All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. ~Leo Tolstoy
This past Saturday was the very first (at least in many, many years) Olczak family reunion. For some, it was the highlight of the year. (My mom being one of them.)
I always talk about the Piper reunion 65 Annual Piper Reunion, now I have another family function to attend, straight from my mom's side. Granted, this reunion was much smaller in size compared to the Piper get togethers, but there was no shortage of GREAT food and good conversation.
This gathering was in the planning stages for quite some time now. Between my mom, my cousin Paula and my cousin John, they've been organizing and charting and listing all preparations to make the day a success, and it most certainly was! They got the ball rolling and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Of course, with such a great family how can you not?
This year it was held at the Planinsek Pavilion, the exact same place of the annual Fishing Derby Story & 25 Annual Louis Planinsek Fishing Derby We had the comforts of the pavilion as well as a bonfire. Did I mention there was a ton of delicious food? Yep! Without short siding anyone, I would like to call out a few dishes. My cousin Joe butchered one of his cows just for our fresh burgers and someone brought garden ripened tomatoes to accompany the fresh meat. Mom made her haluski, Cooking with Kyle - Gigi's Haluski the noodles were done from scratch. She probably made too much, but nothing new there with Gigi. My cousin Paula (Ryan's godmother) made my Aunt Mary's (her mother's) apple strudel, which was AWESOME!
On a side note, once mom and I tried to duplicate the recipe and more importantly the technique, without much luck. We did manage to stretch the dough over the edges of the kitchen table, but also manged to tear large holes throughout. Perhaps that was the reason for our lumpy and a-symmetrical rolling results. Granted, with anything that involves cinnamon, sugar, butter and flour, how can you ever go wrong? It just wasn't the same but I must say, the experience was worth it.
While talking to Paula in regards to the apple strudel, she mentioned that she added a secret ingredient, one her mother never used. This mystery factor helps to make the dough more pliable, especially in the humidity, which it was. Paula ...
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