Respond With a Song

by Janina Birutė Litvinas The Lithuanian Song Festival tradition in America is almost as old as Lithuanian immigration itself. From its early beginnings in 1914, this tradition has continued almost uninterrupted to this day. MY ALMOST SACRED RELIC, A TRAVEL BOOK from my Father’s library, Lithuania, Guiding Facts for Tourists, ...

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Easter Sweets

FLOWERPOT CHEESE Saldus sūris, “Paska” 6 hard-boiled egg yolks ¼ lb. butter 1 cup sugar 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 (16-ounce) package firm cottage cheese 2 tsps. vanilla extract Juice from 1 lemon 1 tsp. grated lemon rind ½ cup almonds, sliced ½ cup light raisins or currants ...

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Hot soups for cold days

LEMON SOUP Citrininė sriuba ¾ cups rice 2 cups light cream 1 Tbsp butter 2 qts soup stock (chicken is best) 4 egg yolks Juice of 1 lemon In tightly covered pan cook washed rice with butter and several table- spoons of the soup stock. Beat egg yolks till light, ...

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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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