About Me

Ever since I came to the US for the first time in 1993 as an exchange student, I was asked for recipes for the food I cooked or dishes that friends knew from when they were kids that their grandma made. I landed in Wisconsin, an area saturated with 2nd, 3rd or even later generations of Polish and Eastern European immigrants. Conversations about food were always prominent.

Growing up, my grandma (Babcia) Stasia cooked for us a lot and I curiously watched and “recorded” it in my head everything she did. We had a large kitchen with a huge island in the middle, enough room to spread pasta to dry, pierogi lined up for boiling, or rows and rows of jars waiting for pickles in preparation for the winter. Babcia let me “help” her, while patiently explaining the exact measurements of “a little bit”. Cooking became art in her hands. No written recipe, no cookbook, no professional training, and yet somehow it always come to taste exactly the same.

My dearest Babcia Stasia passed away at the age of 89 in 2016. With her guidance in my heart, I’ve been perfecting her recipes for years. I’ve recreated many and I’ve simplified and adjusted to the ingredients that are available in the US. My cooking may not compare to Babcia’s, but since I’ve craved flavors of home ever since I left, I had to keep trying to get it right.

The birth of Polish Your Kitchen come at a busy moment of my life, as my family and I were preparing to move from Hawaii to Pennsylvania but I couldn’t wait to start sharing my stories and recipes with you. It must have been the right time then.

Now, with a full-time job, I don’t spend as much time cooking and blogging as I would like, but I hope to continue spreading the love of Polish food with you as much as I can.

Join in, share your stories and find out what’s YOUR favorite Polish dish (vodka doesn’t count!).




  1. Many years ago, when I was in Jr. High and High School, my very best friend was Polish. She was being raised by her father and grandmother, who we affectionately called Babcia. I was like one of the family and was often at their house for lunch or supper. I loved all the food Babcia prepared. Coming from an Italian family, the food my mother served at home was vastly different.

    I’m so glad I came across your blog, and I’m looking forward to cooking some of the recipes you have posted.

    1. Hi Judy! Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you can re-discover some of your favorite dishes. Let me know if you have any questions about any of the recipe. Cheers! Anna

  2. I’ve been Anna’s close friend for years. We used to cook Polish food together a lot, we grilled, went camping and prepared food together as well as pickled vegetables and discussed new recipes. She always makes her home welcome and treats me and our friends with delicious food and an atmosphere that you can only dream of. I learned a lot from Anna before she became a blogger, and I just can’t wait for her next delicious recipes!
    Cheers Anna!

  3. I discovered your site today and am enjoying reviewing the recipes . I am Polish as well and love Folish cusine…as do my friends. So thank you for such a nice site.

  4. Czesc Anna!
    Your comment about not wasting any food rang in my head loud and clear! Our Mom even made us kids kiss a slice of bread if were clumsy enough to drop it! The only way old or stale bread was not eaten is if it were really bad, i.e. more mold than bread! and then, it was thrown out for the birds. Mom always said, “feed the birds”. Will definitely keep in mind how to revive old bread and use the recipe for koptyka. Thanks for reviving “Mom” memories!

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