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A conversation with the Luschas family

The Knights of Lithuania have surpassed their 100 year anniversary, but its membership keeps the organization young and vibrant. Take the Luschas family – active members of the K of L – their creative spirit and cando attitude is making Lithuania a household name throughout the United States. Elaine and ...

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Hot soups for chilly winter days

SAUERK RAUT  SOUP Raugintų  kopūstų  sriuba 1 lb. sauerkraut,  drained 1 lb. meat, pork or beef 1 onion,  quartered 1 carrot, grated 4 peppercorns 2 bay leaves Salt to taste Cut meat into medium pieces,  cover with cold water and bring to a boil, remove scum. Add sauerkraut and onion. ...

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VARŠKĖČIAI (Gnocchi? Dough pillows?)

By JULIJA PETKUS. This recipe is not my family’s recipe because there is no set recipe, just a general set of guidelines for how to make these wonderful little pillows. My grandma says that varš kėčiai (or selnėkai) are all about the texture. The dough cannot be grainy or dry, ...

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Traditional Kūčios Dishes

CHRISTMAS COMPOTE Vaisių kompotas 4 cups water 1 (8-ounce) package mixed dried fruit 1 cup pitted prunes 1 cup dried apples ½ cup golden raisins 4 cloves Juice of 1 lemon 1 cinnamon stick ½ cup fruit brandy or kirsch (optional) In large saucepan, combine water, mixed fruit, cloves and ...

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LITHUANIA COMES TO PHILLY

Philadelphia – The City of Brotherly Love, opened its heart to Lithuania this November showcasing a weeklong extravaganza of art, craft, cuisine, music, history, and community events. This Lithuanian Festival, which took place November 2-10, was organized by the Lithuanian Embassy in the United States and the Lithuanian Honorary Consulate ...

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Apples – fall’s favorite fruit

APPLE AND PEAR SALAD Obuolių ir kriaušių salotos 6 sweet-sour apples or pears 3 cups water 1 cup sugar 1 lemon 5 cloves 5 aromatic peppers ¼ stick cinnamon Dash of salt Peel apples, cut into quarters and core. Cook 2-3 minutes in marinade, on low heat. Remove apples and ...

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Stay cool as a cucumber

COLD BEET SOUP Žaltibarščiai 3-4 fresh red beets (canned beets can also be used) 2 small cucumbers 2 hard-boiled eggs ½ cup sour cream 2 cups buttermilk 4 cups cold water ½ cup chives, chopped Fresh dill, chopped Salt to taste Pinch sugar, if desired Cook unpeeled beets in water ...

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Cool as a cucumber

FRESH CUCUMBER SOUP Šviežių agurkų sriuba 4 cups prepared broth or bouillon 2 to 3 medium cucumbers 1/2 lb. smoked ham 1 medium onion, sliced 2 cloves 1  Tbsp. flour 1  Tbsp.  butter 1 cup heavy or medium cream 2 egg yolks 1/2 cup cooked barley Salt and pepper Chopped ...

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Have a Fruitful Spring!

BLUEBERRY COBBLER Mėlynių pyragas 3 cups fresh blueberries ½ lemon 1¼ cups sugar 4½ Tbsps. butter, softened 1½ cups all-purpose flour 1½ tsps. baking powder ¾ cup whole milk 1½ cups sugar ¾ tsp. salt 1½ Tbsps. cornstarch 1 pinch ground cinnamon ¾ cup boiling water Preheat oven to 350°. ...

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Sweets for your Easter table

LITTLE EARS Auksukės, krustai 2 eggs 1¾ cups pastry flour 3 Tbsps. sweet cream 1 Tbsp. sugar Oil for frying Powdered sugar Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar and cream. Add enough flour to make a dough which can be rolled very thin. Cut into diamond shapes. Slash ...

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