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Some “Kūčios” favorites

CHRISTMAS EVE BISCUITS Kūčiukai, šližikai ¼ cup warm water (105°F to 115°F) 1 package dry yeast ¾ cup milk ¼ cup sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 egg, beaten ¼ cup butter, melted 3½ to 4 cups flour Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl; let stand 5 min. Add ...

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Antanas Kaztauskis, From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards – an Autobiography, 1904

BY ERNEST POOLE Antanas Kaztauskis, From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards – An Autobiography, 1904 Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of Upton Sinclair’s classic novel The Jungle. The book describes the life of a Lithuanian immigrant in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood and his ...

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Apple goodies with appeal

APPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE Apverstas obuolių pyragas 1 cup sugar 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus a little for sprinkling ½ tsp. cinnamon 8 Tbsps. butter 6 apples, peeled and cut into small sections Juice of ½ lemon Preheat oven to 350 ° . Sift together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut ...

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The Four Wives of Jogaila

BY EDVARDAS BARANAUSKAS IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE HOW Jogaila (1350–1434), the ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, became involved with the Polish royal family, and his eventual marriage to their young queen. Very little is mentioned by historians that he was widowed three times, that his fourth marriage ...

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Cool summer salads

CARROT AND RADISH SALAD Morkų ir ridikų mišrainė 2 large carrots, peeled, shredded 8 ounce piece daikon radish, peeled, shredded 2 medium green onions, thinly sliced 3 Tbsps. white vinegar 2 Tbsps. each: canola oil, chopped parsley 1 tsp. honey ¼ tsp. salt Freshly ground pepper 3 cups small greens ...

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Divine Mercy and the Vilnius Connection

BY ALGIS GINTAUTAS Today the devotion to the Divine Mercy is widespread among Catholics across the globe, thanks to a humble, frail nun who became God’s chosen messenger to spread His word through a diary she wrote and an image she instructed to be painted in Vilnius. DURING HIS LONG ...

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Sweet Springtime

Lithuanian with Dana Siliūnas POPPY SEED POUNDCAKE Aguoninis pyragas ½ lb. (2 sticks) butter 1 cup poppy seeds 1 cup sour cream ½ cup confectioners’ sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 2 cups flour 4 eggs, separated Whip butter until white and fluffy. Add poppy seeds and ...

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Easter Holiday Customs and Traditions in Lithuania

BY ANGELĖ VYŠNIAUSKAITĖ FROM GOOD FRIDAY UNTIL THE RESURRECTION devotions, the Church’s bells during Masses are silent, replaced at the Consecration by the dry, solemn rattle of the wooden clappers. But on Easter morning, in joyous celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, all the bells inside the church and those in its ...

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A Lithuanian Privateer in the American Revolution

BY ALGIRDAS BUDRECKIS DURING THE AMERICAN Revolution, the Continental Congress built and commissioned a number of men-of-war. Several colonies also maintained their own fleets to engage the British warships and convoys. However, it was not the fledgling American Navy which bore the brunt of seafighting. The burden rested on the ...

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A few more favorites

Let’s Cook Lithuanian with Dana Siliūnas Many readers are familiar with some of the better-known Lithuanian delicacies, such as kugelis, cepelinai, and koldūnai. In Lithuania these dishes are also known by other names (bulvių plokštainis, didžkukuliai, and virtiniai.) But there are other favorite dishes, perhaps less known or popular, but ...

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