Last weekend we gathered the family together and made potica. If you’re of Slovenian or Austrian descent, you likely know how delicious this heritage coffeecake is—tons of butter, cream, honey and nuts. No calories whatsoever!
While beer-touring in northern Minnesota this fall, we ate lunch at the Biwabik Pub, easily the friendliest, tastiest bar and grill in all the Gopher State. The owner Sharon was more than happy to discuss potica with us because in that area everyone and their brother is Slovenian. According to her, each family has its traditional recipe and, like all traditions, each claims its is best. Sharon even offers annual potica classes right there in the pub (this year her Christmas class was cancelled because a family baby is on the way, instead she’s offering it at Easter—she’ll let us know).
So this week I’m eating potica, deliciously packing on seasonal pounds, and perusing interesting sites:
- Not as good as our family’s potica recipe (really, no raisins?), but nonetheless an interesting story on Iron Range recipes. Listen to the podcast too!
- And then there’s chocolate babka! A recent Seinfeld rerun inadvertently drove me to this recipe which I absolutely must try.
- Winter is here (sort of), but we can still plan ahead for working out on the porch.
- I agree with Regina Brett: Quit whining about the War on Christmas. Fear not!
- Still applicable, even after recent events. Probably more so.
- And on that note, here’s an interesting tidbit of history.
- Walking through doors: Fascinating musings by a long-time design agency owner.
- Our Seed Savers Catalog came last week. The joys of gardening are with us year round!