Just wanted to once again say thank you, Paldies! for teaching me to make piragi a few years ago in the Latvian Culture & Cooking forum. I wanted to make them for my family and especially for my father who was Latvian. It took a few tries to get it right. They are not kidding when they say that sucess is determined by how the dough comes out. I knew I had it right when he exclaimed ” ahh - just like grandma Emma’s” - That was probably the greatest accomplishment of my life :-) The old thread is archived so we can’t see it here anymore but here is a page I published showing our first successful batch about 3 years ago. http://mywebpage.netscape.com/ckulins/stuff/Piragi.html wow how the kids have grown in that time - good thing they still like to help in the kitchen.
Dad passed in March 07 so in remembering my father this father’s day I made batch of piragi. They were not exactly like grandma’s but pretty close. I used some very smoky country ham and bacon from a shop I found while on vacation in Virginia called Edwards Ham store. I keep aiming for that goal of “just like grandma Emma’s” perfection :-)
Thank you all for helping my family keep a Latvian tradition and the fond memories of my dad and grandma alive ! I froze some to bring to the baptism of my brother’s first child on 6/22 and to have some for Janis Day also.
Speaking of Janis Day - is there anyone here would teach me to make the Janu siers - “just like Grandma Emma?”