As a way of preserving the "old-world" heritage, Myra Gaziano was inspired to compile this cookbook with festive and seasonal recipes, sharing many that were handed down over five generations. Along with the recipes you will find personal memories and anecdotes on the origin of the recipe or its ingredients and tips for preparation. This is a book of timeless cherished dishes and culinary celebrations that are sure to delight. This keepsake includes: A special menu with recipes for a traditional Wigilia, Chirstmas Eve Supper, The beautiful century old tradition of Oplatki "breaking of bread," Grandma's paczki recipe for the last sweet indulgence before Lent, The most revered Eastern European tradition of "Swieconka - Easter Blessing" of food, including the items that go into the basket to be blessed, the symbolism of each food item, and, of course, the recipes, Many standout vegetarian soups, salads, and entrees, and Unique and hearty soup recipes, sweet and savory pierogi recipes, secretly guarded desserts, including several kolache recipes, and so much more! Many of the long-loved dishes from her grandmothers, mother's and aunts' kitchens found in this cookbook were sketchily written on the back of old envelopes, or they come from personal hands-on instruction from those who measured and cooked by "eye and feel" with a reverence for food. Each recipe was tested and refined into the aromas and flavors of the food that make eastern European cooking unique, while simplified for busy American families. Yet each dish is elegantly presented to dazzle your family and friends. This keepsake, infused with cherished traditions, is sure to be passed on to your children and future generations.