|Today is Palm Sunday. We received these palm crosses after the service. When I was a kid my Polish aunts would create intricate weavings from the palms. I couldn't find few examples on the web. This site has some fairly simple, but interesting, palm weavings with directions on how to make them.|
|Potatoes are a staple in so many Polish recipes. I especially love homemade potato soup.|
6 medium potatoes, sliced and cubed
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
1 quart of water or chicken stock
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups hot milk or half and half
1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
Cover vegetables with water or broth (if using broth, reduce the salt) and cook until well done. Drain, reserving liquid. Cool slightly.
Put about half of the cooked vegetables in a blender and puree, adding some of the reserved liquid to the blender.
In a large pot melt butter, stir in the flour, and let the mixture cook until it bubbles and is well blended. Gradually add the hot milk or half and half to the flour mixture and let simmer just below the boiling point until the mixture is smooth and thick.
Add the reserved liquid and vegetables, stir, and let simmer until smooth and thickened.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve the soup with pumpernickel bread. Some of the bread can be cubed like croutons and sprinkled on top of the soup.