We live in an area rich in Eastern European influence. In the mid-1800’s this area of the PA Anthracite Coal region was flooded with immigrants from Eastern Europe who came here to work in the coal mines. Thanks to a large influx of Polish immigrants we are still eating Haluski-basically fried cabbage and noodles. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…even if you don’t care for cabbage you might like this dish.

Though we only lived 45 minutes away before moving here three years ago, it was a learning experience in foods local to this region. And something we have LOVED learning about! Food here means meals together, family togetherness and lots of parties. I love it.

Some cultural foods we’ve enjoyed here here are:

Pierogis are round pockets of dough filled with potatoes (and anything else you might want to stick in there), boiled with onions and butter. Though, I gotta say….fried perogies are my fave.

Bleenies: Basically potato pancakes.

Halupki, also known as pigeons, are what I have always called stuffed cabbage rolls. Basically cabbage leaves with a mixture of meat (pork or beef), onions, tomato sauce and baked.

Kielbasi-(think sausage) plus a large variety of other meats.

Plus many many others that I could write about if this were a post about our area’s food history..but alas it isn’t. It’s a post for a Haluski recipe. (pronounced ha-loo-sh-key). It’s easy peasey and a good use of frugal things around the house.


1 medium/large head of cabbage

2 large onions

olive oil (or butter or whatever kind of oil you like)

3 cloves crushed garlic

1 lb pasta-any shape you like, generally egg noodles, but we had elbows on hand today.

To Do: 

  1. Boil noodles according to package directions.
  2. At the same time: coat the frying pan with oil.Crush garlic, slice onions thinly, slice cabbage into bit sized pieces.
  3. Add crushed garlic, sliced onions and sliced cabbage to the frying pan.
  4. Cover and let cook until cabbage and onions are almost translucent (but really you could eat them raw, so cook them until your preference is attained).
  5. When noodles are done drain and place back in pan. Add cooked cabbage mixture to pan. Give it a good mixing and wahla. You’re done. Haluski.



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