‘Gold of the North’

By Leif Brost Amber, a fossilized tree resin millions of years old, has fascinated civilizations for millennia. This fascination continues to this day. LITHUANIANS REGARD AMBER AS THEIR “GOLD.” Others refer to Baltic amber as the “Gold of the North.” While amber can be found throughout the world, the finest ...

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A salad by any name..

MIXED VEGETABLE SALAD Daršovių mišrainė 4 medium potatoes, cooked and cubed 4 medium beets, cooked and cubed 4 medium carrots, cooked and cubed 1 cup cooked white kidney beans 1 cup cooked peas 1 cup cubed dill pickles 2 tart apples, peeled and cubed 1 medium red onion, chopped fine ...

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A Stroll Through the Courtyards of Vilnius University

by Julie Skurdenis EVER SINCE I FIRST VISITED VILNIUS MORE THAN 30 years ago, one of the first places I go to, once I have set my suitcase down in my hotel room, is the University in Old Town. I love to meander through the complex of courtyards comprising the ...

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į sveikatį! To your health!

HONEY LIQUEUR Krupnikas 1 tsp. caraway seeds 10 cloves 10 whole allspice 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks 1 vanilla bean 2 one-inch pieces yellow ginger 2 one-inch pieces white ginger 10 cardamom seeds ½ nutmeg Pinch of saffron 2 to 3 strips orange rind 2 to 3 strips lemon rind ...

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A Feast for the Living – and the Dead

On this special occasion of the year, all living members of the family get together to enjoy each other, and to remember those who have departed. Kucios (pronounced Koochios) is the name of the day before Christmas in Lithuania (and among Lithuanians scattered everywhere). It is also the name of ...

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A few more Kūčios dishes

CHRISTMAS EVE BISCUITS Šližikai  /  Kūčiukai 1 cup self-rising flour 2 cups ordinary flour 2 Tbsps. powdered sugar 1 egg 1/3 lb. margarine (2 sticks) 1 cup cold water (approx.) Mix all ingredients  (margarine should be room temperature –  soft), knead dough, cool in refrigerator 2-3 hrs.  or overnight, roll ...

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It’s mushroom season

MUSHROOM STUFFED POTATOES Grybais ądarytos bulvės 6 large potatoes 3 Tbsps. butter 1 onion, chopped 1 cup chopped mushrooms ¼ cup bread crumbs 2 hard cooked egg yolks Salt and pepper to taste Peel potatoes and place in baking dish (whole), Bake in 350 ° oven for 30 minutes. Cut ...

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Untangling the Jungle – Part One

by Randy Richards Untangling angling anglingThe Jungle   ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES of our trip to Lithuania was to continue the research begun by Dr. Giedrius Subačius on the people and places behind the writing of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. Giedrius’ book, Upton Sinclair: The Lithuanian Jungle, has triggered ...

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A Pennsylvania Lithuanian Parish Celebrates 100 Years

by John Majikas Lately, there has been considerable talk and worry about the closing of the Our Lady of Vilnius (Aušros Vartų) church in Manhattan, N.Y., and other Lithuanian churches in the United States. Churches that early Lithuanian immigrants built with their sweat and hardearned money a hundred or more ...

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Uncommon Lithuanian dishes

SAMOGITIAN HASH žemaitiškas šiupinys ½ cup dried fava beans (pupos) ½ cup dried whole peas ½ cup barley groats or pearl barley 2 lbs. fresh pork with bone 2 potatoes (pieces of smoked shoulder, ham butt, or daisy ham may be added for flavor) Soak beans, peas and barley over- ...

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