Didn’t she do an amazing job with the table setup? It was so fun and bright!
My neighborhood of choice was Portage Park, which is primarily Polish (I’m all Polish on Papa Bender’s side of the family). Several of you guessed pierogies as my dish, which was actually my first idea. But after perusing a packet of Korducki family recipes, I decided on placki ziemniaczane, otherwise known as potato pancakes (shout out to Monika)!
As you can see, the ingredients are pretty basic, but nonetheless delicious. I arrived at Mara’s house a little ahead of schedule, as she graciously invited me to prepare the pancakes fresh in her kitchen!
They turned out exactly as I hoped! Here’s a visual of the step-by-step in the recipe above.
Before we knew it, the other “sisters” had arrived and a multicultural dinner was served.
Beth brought Italian meatballs, representing Little Italy.
Mara chose the Little Village neighborhood, which is primarily Puerto Rican. She made tostones, which are a type of fried plantains. They tasted great with a bit of kosher salt on top.
She also supplied us with an amazing dessert, but more on that later. 😉 Next along the line were my potato pancakes! Unfortunately, I forgot the apple sauce and/or sour cream, but they were tasty plain.
Sue represented Pilsen with an amazing bowl of guacamole — I think she said 32 avocados used?! — and tortilla chips, plus another one of our fabulous desserts.
Liz brought a freshly chopped Greek salad and homemade tzatziki with pita a la Greektown.
Mimi made a spicy peanut noodle dish, which was an incredible representation of Chinatown.
And, last but not least for the dinner portion, Tina brought two dishes representing the Vietnamese population in Uptown: shrimp spring rolls and lemongrass burgers.
The burgers were the perfect miniature size and one of my very favorite dishes of the entire evening!
We piled our plates with a little bit of everything.
I think that much yummy food deserves another angle, don’t you?
Everything was truly perfect. So many different flavors coming together for this meal! And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without dessert. Mara provided us with a coconut-brown-sugar rice pudding. You can find the recipe here.
Sue brought authentic Mexican pastries from the Pilsen neighborhood.
And Amy brought rogaliki, a nut- and sugar-filled cookie representing the Ukranian Village.
I, of course, had some of each! They were all wonderful in different ways. A perfectly sweet way to end what had already been an enjoyable eating of food and conversation.
I continue to be grateful that these impressive and intelligent women include me in their sisterhood! I love getting to know them better every time and hearing all of their fantastic stories.
Can’t wait for the next event! You can also read Mara’s fantastic recap here.
Mmm…now I’m hungry! Do you have a favorite “neighborhood” or cuisine in your city?