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Friday, February 1, 2008

Happy Paczki Day! Eastern Euro’s fried cakes get the fat out of Lent

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2008 at 10:01 AM

While the rest of Christiandom will celebrate Fat Tuesday next week, with jambalaya, po’ boys, and plastic beads, our Eastern European friends will be scarfing down paczki (pronounced poonch-key), tasty little fried cakes stuffed with rich, fruity fillings. According to tradition, paczki-making served as a way to use up fats and sweets before the onset of Lent, which arrives on Wednesday. Nowadays, though, the puffy little doughnuts are mainly a delicious excuse for cold-weather diet-busting. ... If you want to try some, Saturday is the last day to place an advance order at Babushka’s Kitchen, the “Polish heritage” restaurant and bakery in Northfield Center (9199 Olde Eight Rd.) that was featured last fall in Food & Wine. Owners Nancy and Dave Abramowski will be stuffing their paczki with raspberry, lemon, blueberry, prune, poppyseed, whipped cream, and Bavarian Cream fillings; plain paczki are also available. The price is $5.70 for 6, or $.95 each. Paczki pickup begins Tuesday, February 4 at 7 a.m. Call 330-468-0402 to place an advance order, or drop by and take your chances on what’s still available in the bakery case. -- Elaine T. Cicora To read Elaine's May 2007 review of Babushka’s, click here. Find other restaurant reviews, food news, and a comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at

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