Tried, True, and Tested Recipes
Everyday Pennsylvania Slovak Mining Town-Depression Days/Holidays Recipes Pirohy, Grul'ovniky, Pagace, Holubky, Pankusky, Poppy seed rolls (makovniky), Nut rolls, Lokse, Paska Chlieb, Halusky, Easter-basket preparation, Carpathian smoked ham and many, many more (Titles in the book use charky and other marks that unfortunately won't copy here)
A Typical Pennsylvania Coal Mining Company Town---Helvetia
This is probably the most complete English language cookbook on Carpathian / Slovak/Rusyn foods available. The authors are first generation born of full Slovak parents who served these meals daily. These time-honored, family-tested, everyday recipes were ultimately passed down through the generations (brought from Grandmas kitchen in Slovinky, Slovakia to Pennsylvania Mining towns by our Mother in 1910 )and have now been made available in print, possibly for the first time. The 137 page booklet is written in an easy-to-read, easy-to-make fashion with a generous sprinkling of graphics, dry humor, and related anecdotes. . Now on eighth printing.
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In October, 1999, I conceived the idea of a newsletter type of publication that would perpetuate and immortalize the experiences and sacrifices as well as the sometimes glorious and heady life of our Slavic Ancestors in the new world. They worked untold hours and made great sacrifices so their children could have a better life than they had. They endured great prejudice and were forced to assume a humble and servile role in order to survive and to achieve that end for their children. They did menial labor or whatever it took. But even that was a massive gain over their life of indescribable poverty and servitude to the foreign overlords who ruled over them in the country from whence they came. And, indeed, succeed they did as attested to by the fact that so many of our people of the third generation are now in influential positions in this country such as U.S. Senators, Governors, and other high government and corporate officials. The KRAJAN published quarterly, started out as an experimental 8 page newsletter and then as a result of immediate public acceptance blossomed out to 12 pages and was published from Christmas 1999 through Christmas 2001, 9 great issues in all.
Go back in time and visit with
your ancestors and read about their
lives. Feel their problems and glory in the heady times they sometimes
had in trying to establish themselves in America.
Empathize with the modern day stories of Mr. Marián Hudák of Slovinky/Kosice, Slovakia in whose writing one can still see the shadow of the old days in the little mining village of Slovinky.
Let Mr George Rebar of Alberta, Canada, in his lively manner, lead you through the Slovak community there.
Read the letters to the editor and feel the heartbeat of our people as they delve back into the past glories of their predecessors.
Join Janko Maras as he describes at length and in great detail in his typical humorous fashion what life was like growing up on a Slovak farm in an "others" community.
Michal E. (Under the
pen name of Pan Michal) of Pennsylvania paid me the following tribute:
"Drahy Pan Redaktor:
Chcem Vas pochvalit' na Vašu dobru robotu. Je to dobre ze ešte Americkí Slovaci maju niekoho co so svojim Casopisom ich drzi spolu a prinose im pekne a zaujimave historické povedy o svojech predkov a aky tu mali zivot v novej zemi ked' prišli hl'adat' lepši zamestnanie a lepsi zivot pre seba a d'iti. Prosim, pokracute v tom podniku. Dolezi to na Vas ze slovenska tradicia je zapamätana ptomkami našich rodicov" (Translation follows):
"Dear Mr Editor:
I would like to congratulate you on your good work. It is good that American Slovaks still have someone who with their periodical can bring them together and supply them with fascinating and interesting historical stories of their ancestors and the kind of life they had here in this new land when they came here looking for better work and for a better life. Please, carry on with this undertaking. It is partially to your credit that the Slovak traditions of our parents will be remembered by their descendants."
GREAT NEW BOOK AVAILABLE
Eternal Memory by Ann Walko
Take a nostalgic trip back in time to early 1900's-- to the early days of your immigrant ancestors
This book is about Slovak/Rusyn family life in Western Pennsylvania as seen through the eyes of a young girl around 1912. That young girl is Ann Walko, the author.
The Editor of THE KRAJAN rates this book three stars--a must reading
Anne Walko of the Pittsburgh area spent a lifetime storing up and recording memories of her early life of growing up in an immigrant Slovak/Carpatho-Rusyn family in the Wall-Wilmerding area near Pittsburgh. Finally at the age of 92 she put them into a magnificent book and it was published in 1999. Isn't that an amazing and inspiring feat? She finally realized her lifelong dream and got her degree from the University of Pittsburgh at age 55, had four children and lives with her husband at Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.
She may well be the last person around who can recall events from the early 1900's from personal memory and experience. And she does it so masterfully and warmly that one can't help but feel all her pain and triumph as she overcomes various problems that the immigrants faced.
She goes into quite a bit of detail on the prejudice the early Slavic people faced from the "English" (anyone who was not from a foreign country was classed as "English." ) Once in the cocoon of their home or neighborhood they were free and happy in the traditions and language of the old country and enjoyed a happy and harmonious home life. But it was all work, making the 8 boarders' meals, doing the washing by hand, shopping with a limited English vocabulary, keeping relations with and among the relatives in some sort of balance.
It seems that most of the men worked for the Pennsylvania Rail Road rather than in a coal mine or steel mill, but their lives were essentially the same as in the Slovak/Rusyn mining or steel towns.
The book is well written in a professional and interesting manner and filled with conversation and in gripping story by story and chapter by chapter fashion describes with great warmth and humor and yes some sadness and longing for a time gone by, the day to day life of growing up as the child of immigrant parents and because she was the only one that knew English responsibility was forced upon her beyond her years. Most of the story takes place in the period 1912-1925 and essentially starts when she is about 5 years old. There are some Rusyn and or Slovak expressions here and there for color.
It is soft cover, about 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" and 182 pages
Warning: Don't start reading the book late in the evening as you won't put it down until dawn!!!
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