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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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For your Kūčios table

Let’s Cook Lithuanian with Dana Siliūnas The following recipes could be used for the traditional Lithuanian Christmas-eve meal, which is eaten after sundown on Christmas Eve. The Lithuanian word for Christmas Eve is Kūčios (pronounced Koo-chios). At the end of the Kūčios meal, the family goes off to midnight mass ...

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Kūčios Christmas Eve Lithuanian Style

Christmas EVE and CHRISTMAS [a.k.a. Kucios ir Kaledos] Ancient historical sources confirm the main moments of the winter holiday, the return of the sun, which are found in the 20 century Lithuanian beliefs and traditions. Supper on Christmas Eve “ Kucios”, the oldest Lithuanian feast, celebrated according to the sun’s calendar. ...

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Autumn Delights

Let’s cook Lithuanian PLUM CAKE Slyvų pyragas 1 stick ( ½ cup), plus 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature ½ cup sugar 1 large egg 2 Tbsps. sour cream or yogurt (not non-fat) 2 tsps. vanilla 1 ¼ cups cake flour ½ tsp. each: baking powder, baking soda, salt 16 ...

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Vilnius University 425 Years of Enlightened Learning

  The Vilnius University, which celebrates its 425th anniversary this year, is the oldest establishment of higher education in Lithuania. Established in 1579, for a long time it became the easternmost European university spreading the light of learning not only to ethnic Lithuania, the multinational Grand Duchy of Lithuania, but ...

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Summer Harvest

BROCCOLI SALAD Brakoliu mišrainė 1 medium head broccoli 1 cup sunflower seeds 1 cup raisins 1 red onion, chopped ½ cup apple cider vinegar ½ cup sugar 2 Tbsps. mayonnaise Trim broccoli and remove tough ends; wash thoroughly. Chop into ½ – inch pieces and place in large bowl. Add ...

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Four for Four in ‘04?: the Lithuanian National Basketball Team Makes Its Fourth Olympics Appearance This August in Athens, and Expectations Have Never Been Higher. We Introduce the Powerful Squad Which Could Garner Our Fourth Straight Medal

by Tom Gregg (Grigonis) The Lithuanian national basketball team makes its fourth Olympics appearance this August in Athens, and expectations have never been higher. We introduce the powerful squad which could garner our fourth straight medal. RINGE SPORTS LIKE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING can come or go, but the showcase event of ...

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