Posts Tagged ‘Traditional Polish Food’

Christmas Utica NY 2013 Polish Santa Identified

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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If you remember back on December 5th, 2011 the question was posed “Is Vinny Bulawa the Polish Santa?”

Reporters from have independently confirmed through unnamed sources that Mr. Bulawa disappears often during the Christmas Season every year without explanation.

Big boot and Reindeer prints have been sighted in the snow around the area of 1201 Lenox Ave in Utica NY, the home of The Pulaski Meat Market and

In the search for more clues to answer the question album art from an old LP Record was found at a garage sale.

The Album cover art is from the lost 33 1/3 release of “I’m Dreaming of a Kielbasa Christmas” by Vinny and The Grinders recorded at what appears to be the Bulawa Records label.

It is beleived that Vinny had a garage band during the summer of 1979 when the band 1st formulated the idea for a Christmas album to be recorded in Utica, NY. Unfortunately No Vinyl Album has been found, only the album cover art.

The album art is on display at the store, stop by take a look and let us know if you can supply us with any other clues. There is a reward for anyone who can produce an original LP record of “I’m dreaming of a Kielbasa Christmas”.
Picture of I'm Dreaming of a Kielbasa Christmas Album Art

We will keep you posted of any new developments, in the meantime stop by the Market for all your Polish Food needs in Utica NY .

  • Pierogi
  • Christmas Ham
  • Kielbasa
  • Golambki
  • Oplatek
  • Imported Polish Candies
  • Imported Polish Food Specialties
  • Hot and Cold Polish food Trays
  • Polish Gifts
  • And Much Much More!

Stop by The Pulaski Meat Market Your Wigila Headquarters Today!
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Christmas Eve Kutia – Kutia Wigilijna

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Polish Christmas Eve Dinner

Wigilia or Christmas Eve is when a meatless meal is served after sundown.
It usually means 12 dishes are served or you could substitute a twelve fruit compote in it’s place.

We like the idea of Twelve Dishes for this very special night. Here is traditional recipe to get you started.

Christmas Eve Kutia (Kutia Wigilijna)


1 1/2 cup of Millet Groats (Kasza Jaglana)
3 cups water
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoon of butter

Additional Ingredients
1 cup poppy seeds
2 cups water
½ cup milk
½ tsp vanilla
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup chopped dried fruit (figs, apricots, apples, pears, prunes, or berries)
1/2 cup raisins
ground cinnamon to taste

Cook groats in boiling water with salt and butter. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Cover and set aside.
Boil 2 cups water add poppy seeds, remove from heat cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain seeds and grind in a food mill (today Food Processor).  Mix milk and honey in a bowl add remaining ingredients, along with cooked millet.  Bake in glass casserole 325° F 20 minutes, cool and refrigerate.  Best made several days in advance. Serve warm or cold.

Stop by the Pulaski Meat Market your Wigilia Headquaters in Utica NY.
Picture of Kupiec - Kasza Jaglana

We have everything you need for Babcia’s favorite recipes like Kasza Jaglana for making Kutia.

Christmas Utica NY – Is Vinny Bulawa the Polish Santa?

Monday, December 5th, 2011

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“Polish Santa Identified New Clues Uncovered Dec 2013″

Breaking News – Christmas Utica NY
Vinny Bulawa is the Polish Santa!

You be the judge.

The Real Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
The fridge was half empty not enough for a mouse.
The plates were set out on the table no fear,
In hopes that Vinny Bulawa soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of pierogi danced in their heads.
And mama with her forks and I with my knives,
Had just set the table for a nice big surprise.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering nostrils should smell,
But pierogi, kapusta and kielbasa as well.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The thumping and bumping of each big boot.
As I shook my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Vinny came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of food he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the plates, then turned with a jerk.
Pierogi, kielbasa, and sledzie of course,
Ham & cheese and not just borscht.

He laid his finger aside his nose,
He gave a nod, and up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away he flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of site,
Shop at the Pulaski Meat Market Tonight!

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St. Joseph’s Day Utica NY

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

St. Joseph’s Day in Utica NY is a very special day.

This Saturday March 19th marks St Joseph’s Day or Dzien Swietego Jozefa.   For all the Josephs the Church granted a special day of dispensation during Lent on this day so all the Josephs could celebrate their namesday.  It’s common to see church banquet halls decorated in red and white with a statue of St. Joseph.  A feast of Polish favorites like Makowiec, a poppy seed pastry, and Pierogi are enjoyed that day.

The Pulaski Meat Market in Utica, NY has a wide variety of homemade Pierogi and Poppy Seed Pastry so you can celebrate St Joseph’s Day with your favorite Polish foods.

If you like to make your own Pierogi the Pulaski Market also has everything you need

  • Farmers Cheese
  • Sauerkraut
  • Imported Polish Fruit Fillings

Making your own Makowiec?  No problem, they have imported Polish Poppy Seed Paste for your pastry filling.

So whether you are making your own Polish Foods or want the convenience of ready to serve Traditional Polish Foods, stop by the Pulaski Meat Market, you’ll be glad you did!

Śledzie – Pickled Herring for Wigilia

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Got to have your Śledzie for Wigilia In Utica ?

Jars of Śledzie - Pickled Herring in Display case

So you may be asking yourself where in Utica, NY can I find the best selection of imported Polish foods like Śledzie? At the Pulaski Meat Market we have a large variety of imported Polish and Homemade Traditional Polish Foods.

A staple dating back to Medieval times herrings were pickled, stored, and transported in wooden barrels. Rollmops are Pickled Herrings wrapped around things like onion, Polish Pickles, or olives in a cylindrical shape.

You can get your Śledzie or Pickled Herring for Wigilia in cream sauce, wine sauce, filets, or as rollmops.

Śledzie or Pickled Herring is a great source of Omega-3′s, so dig in and enjoy it does a body good!

Stop by the Pulaski Meat Market and we will be glad to show you all our Traditional Polish Foods like homemade Christmas Pierogi, Christmas Hams, Dried Mushrooms and of course Śledzie!

Farmers Cheese Lazy Pierogi Recipe

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Farmers Cheese is used to make cheese and cheese & potato pierogi.

But here is a recipe to make delecious Lazy Cheese Pierogi when you don’t have a lot of time. Easy and quick to make, a great meal or side dish.

Lazy Pierogi

1 lb Farmers Cheese
2 Eggs Slightly Beaten
1 tsp Salt
1 tblsp Butter
11/2 Cups flour
Salted Boiling water

Combine cheese,eggs, & salt
Cut butter into flour then work into cheese and egg mix
Turn out dough on floured board and roll into 11/2″ roll
Cut roll diagonally into 2″ pieces
Drop into pot of salted boiling water and cook for 5 about minutes
Pour into collandar and drain well
Sautee in melted butter until golden brown with onions if desired

Serve with sour cream & crispy bacon bits

Very similar to making Kopytika or “little hooves” dumplings

Get fresh Farmers Cheese at the Pulaski Meat Market Utica.


Pulaski Meat Market
1201 Lenox Avenue
Utica, NY 13502-3909
(315) 732-8007

Mon – Fri: 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

Pierogi for Wigilia

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Got Pierogi?  We have Pierogi for Wigilia !

Traditionally the Wigilia meal is a meatless meal.

During the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season
who has time to make pierogi?

The Pulaski Meat Market has homemade pierogi ready to go!

Plate of Pierogi

  • Potato & Cheese
  • Sauerkraut
  • Potato, Bacon, Onion
  • Cabbage
  • Meat
  • Meat & Mushroom
  • Cheese
  • Pizza Style
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Strawberry
  • Apple

Stop by the Pulaski Meat Market at 1201 Lenox Ave, Utica NY
for all kinds of delicious Traditional Polish Foods.

Call (315) 732-8007

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Christmas Mushroom Barszcz Recipe

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Check out this Christmas Mushroom Barszcz Recipe complements of Barbara Bulawa.

Everything you need to make this delightful Christmas Barszcz is available at the Pulaski Meat Market.

We have available:

Mushroom Boullion
White Barszcz Mix
Fresh Polish Kielbasa
Smoked Polish Kielbasa
Mushroom & Meat pierogi to serve with the soup

We hope you enjoy this easy recipe for Christmas!

Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

Polish Food Utica, New York – Polish traditions live on at the Pulaski Meat Market.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Polish food is what they do at the Pulaski Meat Market.  The minute you walk in, smells trigger memories of a traditional Christmas Eve, Easter, or Sunday dinner in grandma’s kitchen. But you don’t have wait for a special occasion, you can enjoy the best Polish Food every day when you visit the Pulaski Meat Market!

Polish foods at the market are all hand made fresh every day.  Hand crafted kielbasa, pierogi, gołąbki, cold cuts, hot dogs, bacon, and the best hot and sweet Italian sausages you will ever try, and much much more.

The traditional recipes they use were brought from Poland, a country known for some of the world’s best meats and sausages. The market is in its thirty sixth year of operation and was founded by John & Irene Bulawa.  Their son and daughter-in-law, Vincent and Barbara Bulawa along with family members continue the tradition of producing the finest artesian sausages, cold cuts and other traditional Polish foods.

Ask anyone in Central New York, who has the best quality meat, and you’ll hear “Pulaski Meat Market”!  Vincent is in charge of producing only the highest quality and freshest meats and sausages. Real smoked products, not injected with artificial smoke flavors and chemicals but real authentic Polish food. 

According to Vincent

“the secret is in the ingredients and that everything is home made after our original family recipes.”

Customers travel to the Pulaski Meat Market, 1201 Lenox Ave, Utica NY, stretching from Albany to Rochester and beyond, because, they know the best when they taste it.

Naturally cured and smoked authentic Polish meats and traditional Polish foods.

 Stop by the Pulaski Meat Market today and enjoy the tastes and smells of authentic Polish foods our grandparents enjoyed.


Pulaski Meat Market
1201 Lenox Avenue
Utica, NY 13502-3909
(315) 732-8007

Mon – Fri: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Closed


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Pulaski Meat Market

Pulaski Meat Market