I have a confession to make. I’m a recipe junkie. A recipe-a-holic. A recipe hoarder. And not just online or in cookbooks. I have scraps of paper with family recipes that are so smudged with butter grease that you can barely read them. I have magazines dating back to 1982 because they contain one recipe that I use over and over around the holidays.
Some recipes I keep just because the picture is pretty. Some recipes I keep because they are special. Some recipes I keep – I have no idea why! Some recipes I use over and over, and some recipes I haven’t even tried.
So why is it that when I wanted to make Easter paska bread this week I couldn’t find my recipe? Oh yeah, I know why. Because my recipe cupboard looks like this!
Not a very pretty sight is it? It seems that a couple of weeks ago when I was reorganizing my kitchen (you can read about my kitchen cupboard meltdown here) I ever so casually ignored this cupboard. Completely by accident, I assure you. I think.
Anyway, this week I’ve been thinking about Easter and special recipes that my family only eats at Easter time. Like paska. Paska translates in Ukrainian to Easter, which explains a lot actually. Paska is a traditional bread that is a slightly sweeter version of white bread. It is usually decorated with braids and other religious symbols on top and sometimes it is made with raisins and citrus zest and sometimes it’s left alone, which is my favorite way to have it. When my Grandma would make paska at Easter, we didn’t get to eat it until after it was blessed at church on Easter morning. Then we got to dig in.
I knew that I had a paska recipe somewhere in that mess. I used it last Easter and it was delicious. I opened the cupboard door and I will admit, I was afraid. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes, opened them again and yep, still there. So I did what anyone else would do. I began with one scrap of paper and then worked my way through the stacks. A-ha! Bingo! Jackpot! I found it! Then I shoved everything back in the cupboard and quickly closed the door.
I’ll work on it later, I promise. I have paska to make!
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