I quit!

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This is Szczecin. My home town. I grew up and went to school in the suburbs, then commuted to center city to go to high school and college. I know it inside and out. It may not be the pretties or the most desirable city in Poland but I love it. It’s mine. I never thought or could imagine living outside Szczecin, but life had a different plan. In 2001 I moved to the US, by accident. Came for a visit and stayed for love. I left behind my family, friends, career and everything I knew and loved, to give love a chance. I never regretted it, nor would I change a thing. I’m a happily married woman with a perfect young daughter. Since my husband is in the service, we moved often. We’ve lived on the East coast, in Germany, in the mid-West and even in Hawaii. We visited the country East to West and North to South. We made many friends and have been rich in adventures. Army life was stressful at times but we make a great team, so we just kept on.

We are now at a fork in the road. After 23 years of giving his all, my husband is hanging up his uniform and retiring. We thought about where to move after we are done going where the Army told us to go. Just think, the world is our oyster. Where to now? Szczecin, it was always my first choice. A few years ago, we decided, that was going to be our new home. We’ve been thinking about it for four, five years… and that time is finally here. We’re finally moving… and it’s happening fast. I quit my job. We are packing our bags this week and we’ll be moving our household next week. I’ll be home again.

I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with my family, sharing meals with them on regular basis and spending time with my life long friends. I’m also looking forward to sharing my experiences of Polish kitchen with you going forward, as I hope for this blog to become my new full time job. I want to travel and explore more secrets of regional Polish dishes, learn, taste, grow and share. I would also like to work on publishing a cookbook in a couple of years. Promoting the Polish kitchen and bringing it to the main stream of culinary world is the goal. It is so much more than pierogi and gołąbki, don’t you agree?

I hope you will accompany me on my new adventures, and if you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods, please do let me know. I’ll take you out for a nice plate of authentic Polish food.

Happy cooking and smacznego my hungry friends.

With love,

Anna


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69 Comments

  1. Congratulations!!! I was afraid with your introduction that you were going to say you were quitting the blog. I’m so glad to hear you are moving where you want and that the blog will go on. You have wonderful recipes and I enjoy your stories.
    My grandmother was Polish and I loved her food, but unfortunately my mother did not get the cooking bug from her, so I live my heritage partly vicariously through you.
    How exciting to get more firsthand experience from Poland.
    I’m so excited for you, your blog and all of us that read it!
    Yayyyyyy!!!

    1. I thought she was quitting too. I’m glad we are going to continue to hear from Poland! My mailbox is always full, but I scroll through just to get these wonderful stories and recipes.

  2. Szczecin is my hometown as well. I love your blog and recipes! I am going to check how you guys doing and how is life in Poland. Good luck!

  3. This is so wonderful! I only recently found your website when I was looking for recipes to prepare a traditional Polish Christmas dinner for my family. I never knew my Polish ancestors, but I really want to know more about my roots. I’m sure that moving will slow you down a bit, but I am really looking forward to your new posts after you are all settled in. Thank you for what you do!

  4. I am so happy for you…someday I will visit Poland to see where my ancestors came from, I love your page it helps me know my roots. I was also in the army and I know how hard it can be. Safe travels.

  5. Congratulations on your move back home. I left Rypin in 2007 and am thinking of going back there to live. I have little or no ties here most of the family is in Northern Poland Kolobrzeg, Elblag, Brodnica Rypin, wies Okalewo and Zatorowisna. It’s just me now so I can go anywhere.
    Have a safe journey. Milego podroz, serdecznie pozdrawiam, Kuba

  6. How wonderful! I have to admit, since finding your blog, it has reawakened wanting to make more polish food than pierogi! I look forward to reading your blog in the future. Safe travels!

  7. Congratulations to You And your family! My husband was in the U.S. Army (helicopter pilot) and we saw a Lot of Army bases, and different parts of the country! God’s Blessings on your Re-location! Travel Well❤

  8. Thank goodness you are not giving up your blog. You had me worried for a minute. Going home!

  9. What an exciting chapter in your life. Going “home” always seems so comforting. Safe travels Anna.

  10. Safe travels to you and your family. My husband also was in the military and his family Polish. I love being able to cook your recipes for him.

  11. Wow Anna! I’m sure life hasn’t been easy but you have been blessed. And in turn, so have we, who get to follow you on your journey. Best of luck on your move and new chapter!!!

  12. Congratulations to you and your family on your next step in life. Love your blog, it remind me of my grandma and watching her in the kitchen.

  13. Congratulations! I just spent 10 days in Poland. Our son was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Bydgoszcz for a year. We went back to Poland as a family to meet his host family, friends and visit some of his favorite places. Some of the best food I have ever had. Polish beets are so delicious!

  14. Congratulations on your new adventure!!
    So happy for you!! Poland is on our wishlist to visit!

  15. Pozdrowienia z Brazylii! Dopiero co zapisalam sie do blogu! Zycze dobrej podrózy i zeby wszystko sie rozwiazalo jak najlepiej. Nie znam Szczecina ale moze w jakej przyszlej podrózy!
    All the best!

    1. I enjoyed reading your blog and recipes,i made a few.Good Luck to you and your family.Keep up the good work.

  16. Wishing you and your family a wonderous happy step back home..I look forward to your sharing of your kitchen and adventures there..With love and hugs

  17. How exciting for you! I would love to visit Poland. My mom was Polish and my dad was Italian. I have the best ethnic background!
    Good luck in you new adventure, and congratulations on your husband’s retirement!
    God bless you!

  18. Congratulations!!!! Best wishes and safe travels! Going home is the greatest adventure!!!!

    My family is from Poland. I was the only one born here. We are from Żyrardów about 40 km from Warsaw. My cousins live in Wroclaw and hope to visit soon. Looking forward to your new adventures!!!

  19. Congrats Anna! Looking forward to your continuing recipes and cookbook! Remember, though, you have to print it in English since we all don’t speak Polish!!!
    Much happiness to you and your husband!

  20. How blessed you are to re-connect with family after all these years away. I am so glad that you will continue your blog. Best of luck to you and your family.

  21. Good luck in your move. I grew up in Krzydlowice close to Glogow, came to Canada in 1964 never went back for a visit but decided today that on my 70th birthday this yr i still am interested to visit my cousins and visit “Babci i Dziadka grob, grub”

  22. Good luck with your move back home. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and all your recipes and look forward to seeing where things go once you are settled. I’m Polish born too but have spent most of my life in Australia, which I love too. Wishing you and your family safe travels. Agnieszka

  23. Wishing you a safe trip home. I live in Raleigh North Carolina and my entire family is in Montreal. I love Raleigh but I wish my family was here. I know how you feel. When you write your cookbook try to find a great recipe for Stefanka. There is a Polish bakery in Montreal called Rosemount Bakery and they make the best Stefanka.
    Wishing you much success in your new adventure. Sto Lat!

  24. I’m so happy that you aren’t giving up your blog since I just found you. My Polish roots are from my mother. She never did teach us how to speak Polish. I loved my Grandmother so much. I’m not sure exactly where she was born. I was told that it was the same city as the Pope. Anyway, keep your blog going so I can find some of the recipes my Grandmother used to make. That is if I can remember them. I do remember her Easter feast and then when we had our vacations with her the boiled potatoes and sour milk. That’s the only way I can remember it.

  25. Congratulations and good luck !!!!

    As a military man myself (USMC – Vietnam era) I know first hand what a gypsy life it can be. I am very happy to hear you are moving to Szczecin. It used to be the voivodeship for the village of Cwiklin where my grandparents lived. Enjoy your blog very much. Many a good recipe has been tried and approved by all. Good luck on your adventures and have peace in your heart.

    Sincerely,

    John J. Murawski-Mórawski

  26. Congratulations to you and your family in this next chapter of your lives. I love your blog. Being of Polish heritage, we traveled to Poland in 2016 and LOVED IT!! What a beautiful country. I cannot wait to go back. Safe travel and happiness to you.

  27. What a beautiful picture! If Szczecin is not the prettiest or most desirable city in Poland, then the rest of Poland must be incredible. Congratulations and good luck with this new chapter in your life.

  28. Best wishes and blessings on a new chapter in your life. Both my parents were born in Poland. I have fond memories of all the Polish traditions and food my Mama made.
    She was a exceptionally fabulous cook. I was always convinced she could make dirt taste good!

    Blessings,
    Alina Lize

  29. Congratulations! I’m happy your moving back to the country you love. I am Polish on both sides of my family. All four of my grandparents and mother came to America in the early 1900’s. They stayed in Chicago IL and Marshtown IA. When I was 8 we moved to CA where I raised my family. I always loved my culture and had Polish traditions threwout the year. I will continue to follow you. My best to you and your family.

  30. All the best to you! My husband also recently retired from the military, after 30 years. It has been a gift to have this extra time together now. Wishing you happy travels and a happy landing among your family.

  31. Congratulations! I have enjoyed your website immensely. I hope to continue to follow you. Wishing you all the best in your travels and return to Poland.

  32. Congratulations to you! I so enjoy your blog and your recipes. I have forwarded a few of them to my daughter who wants to know more of her Polish heritage. I’m a bit jealous. I have looked into obtaining dual citizenship with Poland, but can’t do it. We cannot prove that 3 of my grandparents were born in Poland. Those records are long gone. So, for you, enjoy returning home! Safe travels.

  33. How wonderful to be near family and old friends! I hope your homecoming will be as delightful as reading your blog has been to me. I look forward to reading more adventures as well as recipes.

  34. So very happy for you and your family! How exciting!!! Will be awaiting that cookbook!
    Many blessings to you and your new adventures!

  35. That is so awesome! It is good that you get to do what makes you happy!! I am also happy that your blog will continue. I have tried quite a few of your recipes and have liked them all! Safe travels.

  36. Couldn’t be happier for you Anna! I’m grateful I had the chance to spend time with you, to discover your dedication, love for your family and food. You are inspiring, so good at life and make it look easy too! So happy you are going home. Bon voyage! God Bless you and your beautiful family.

  37. Bardzo dobrze Anna! Both my parents were born in Poland so it has always been on my list of places to see, I can’t wait! Best wishes to you and your family!

  38. I am so happy for you! I hope your daughter will adjust going to school in Poland. I briefly moved to Mexico for 6 months as a kid and it was hard but I think Poland might be easier. You’re living the dream. I hope when I retire for me and my Polish-American fiance (who will be my husband by then) to move to Germany, close to the Polish border. I’m only 30 now so it’s going to take some time to save up for our dream. I am looking forward to your recipes from here on out. I live near a Polish market so any ingredients you list from Poland I could easily get. Congrats again!

  39. Hello Anna!
    Congratulations on your move back to Poland! I am so excited to have discovered your site. I just recently learned that my great-grandmother was Polish (for a long time we thought she was German) and in an effort to learn more about her, I’ve started exploring different types of Polish cuisine. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes and learning more about life (and food!) in Szczecin.
    My best, Katherine

  40. Oh, for a moment I was heartbroken having just seen your website and blog for the first time today. My paternal grandparents were from Poland, but past away at young ages leaving nine children, one of whom was my dad. He grew up in an orphanage, so there really wasn’t any passing down of traditional Polish recipes. Until today, when I was looking for Polish Vegetable Salad. The rest is history. My mom, a great cook, tried her best to try different dishes, but being Italian American, well let’s say the menu was limited. Best of luck to you and please don’t stop now! Your recipes are amazing!

  41. How is the cookbook coming along?
    Let me know when it is finished, that is if you have an English version
    Some of your recipes and photo’s remind me of my mothers cooking,
    Others look very interesting to try.
    Love your photo’s with the recipes.
    Sincerely
    Dennis Kulas

    1. Thanks Dennis, a Christmas cookbook will be out shortly (in English version). Please subscribe to my page and you will get a notification. 🙂

      I love food photography, and I’m glad it shows. Thank you for all of your kind words. A

  42. I love your recipes !! I’m Polish..born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up on yummy foods made by my mother and grandma. I love the poppy seed bread/rolls during the holidays. Good luck with your relocation and I will be looking for your blog.

  43. Hi Anna,

    it’s so nice and interesting to read your story. I found your site while I’m looking for polish recipes. I love the polish kitchen and of course Poland. I’m German , born in East Germany. My Fathers Family comes from West Pomerania, my Mother’s Family has an bohemian background. Like you I spent a lot of my time in childhood in the kitchen of my Grandmamas. I loved to make pickles , and powidl, sauerkraut and all the stuff. Now I have a Partner Poland, and we spend a lot of time in the area of zachodniopomorskie. I love it. And I found a lot of food that I already knew from my childhood, that remembered me on my grandma. And so I try to find out more. Spend a lot of my free time to travel to Szczecin and Bałtyk. Love the sea. I found the places where my father was born and grandparents lived. I always found kind and very friendly and helpful polish people. Actually I’m sad because the borders are closed. Missing Szczecin and Rewal. I’m also learning polish right now . It’s so difficult omg. But I want sometimes move to Poland.
    So I’m verry happy to find all the nice food in English language on your site.

    So enough for now. Send you power and Light in this hard times.
    Greetings from Berlin
    Kristian

    1. Hi neighbor! Hope you can visit again soon and enjoy the sea, our food and feel closer to your family. Come back and cook with me again!😊

  44. I just found your website. Being of Polish ancestry and love cooking I’ll be checking your site frequently for new Polish recipes to try and to serve my family. I hope in the future to come and visit the mother country.

  45. Hi, Anna
    My grandmother from Poznań died in 1954 so no chance to know any recipes. But I remember her huge feather eiderdown, always milk in the crock in a warm place with muslin at the ready for farmer’s cheese and the wonderful aroma of caraway seed cake cooking. I try to keep some Polish traditions and cook dishes like golumpki and barley soup. Today I was looking for a poppy seed roll recipe to make for Easter so was thrilled to find your site. Your recipes sound great and I love the snippets about your life in Poland. I’ve just made the Summer slab cake as we have masses of pineapple at mo. No sour cherries here in the tropics! Can’t always get the exact ingredients but that’s life. Really admire your enterprising spirit and I look forward to trying your recipes. Best from sunny Queensland!

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