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#377363 - 03/11/12 11:14 PM What are your family's Easter traditions?
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Every family has its own holiday traditions. What were your parents' and grandparents' holiday traditions that you remember? What goodies were on the table? (I grew up in a nonreligious environment so I'm curious)

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#377365 - 03/12/12 12:48 AM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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I've lived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country all my life.

For many generations the folks would dye eggs by cooking them either in red beet juice for red, or in onion shells for a deep chestnut brown. Commercial dyes were slower to catch on.

Growing up, it seemed that the onion shell eggs were always hidden in the the houseplant containers--very hard to find.

My mother would always bake a cake molded to look like a rabbit, covered with flaked coconut atop the icing.

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#377373 - 03/12/12 01:48 AM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: Thomas the Seeker]
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Originally Posted By: Thomas the Seeker
cake molded to look like a rabbit, covered with flaked coconut atop the icing.

This year please take a picture of the rabbit cake! I want to see it!

In Russia the most popular homemade dye for Easter eggs is onion shell. It's usually boiled in an aluminum pot so that enamel pots do not get stained.

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#377376 - 03/12/12 02:23 AM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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Originally Posted By: MariyaNJ
Originally Posted By: Thomas the Seeker
cake molded to look like a rabbit, covered with flaked coconut atop the icing.

This year please take a picture of the rabbit cake! I want to see it!


Alas, there will be no cake. My mother reposed during Great Lent of AD 2000.

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#377391 - 03/12/12 03:22 AM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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I had a great-uncle who used to abstain from liquor all during Lent. Then on Easter Sunday he'd get rip-roaring drunk and become quarrelsome to the point of physical violence. It was legendary behaviour in our family. The penchant of many people of Eastern European descent for alcoholism and depression is well known.

He reposed (I hope it was in the Lord) a long time ago, in 1957. ( shot himself to death while cleaning his guns for a hunting trip) - he was drunk when he did it. It was ruled accidental.

Human behaviour can be so very strange & spooky. Oh, how we all need God's Mercy.


Edited by sielos ilgesys (03/12/12 03:26 AM)

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#377392 - 03/12/12 03:29 AM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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Mariya,

here you got, this is a very popular Polish custom at Easter, you will be able to purchase these fresh (and delicious!) at Polonia Bakery on Monroe Street or Piast on River Road, Garfield and even some of the buthers will carry them (Garfield Bakery is the best, River Road)


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#377393 - 03/12/12 03:36 AM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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Thanks. Probably on Monroe Street I'll pick it up around Easter.

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#377394 - 03/12/12 03:37 AM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: sielos ilgesys]
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Originally Posted By: sielos ilgesys
I had a great-uncle who used to abstain from liquor all during Lent. Then on Easter Sunday he'd get rip-roaring drunk and become quarrelsome to the point of physical violence. It was legendary behaviour in our family. The penchant of many people of Eastern European descent for alcoholism and depression is well known.

He reposed (I hope it was in the Lord) a long time ago, in 1957. ( shot himself to death while cleaning his guns for a hunting trip) - he was drunk when he did it. It was ruled accidental.

Human behaviour can be so very strange & spooky. Oh, how we all need God's Mercy.

Wow...

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#377395 - 03/12/12 03:39 AM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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You are welcome, make sure you call in and place an order though, that place is jammed at the holiday with people out the door and down the sidewalks, they also have very good health four grain bread, black bread and, natural honey which I highly recommend (their rye bread is to kill for also).

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#377398 - 03/12/12 04:03 AM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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Mariya,

Great thread idea - let's do it again at Christmas (we've had some of those in the past and they were great). Now, I'm racking my brain though, trying to recollect any ongoing tradition.

Bless, Pastor Thomas,

May your Mother's memory be eternal.

I have absolute faith in you, my friend - I'll bet that you can produce a rabbit cake for the occasion that would do your Mom proud biggrin (says he, who wouldn't try to bake a cake on a bet blush ).

sielos,

May your uncle's memory be eternal.

Joy,

Ok, I love the lamb cake, but I have to know - is the head made of frosting in a mold or by hand? Or is it plastic?

Many years,

Neil
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#377410 - 03/12/12 12:11 PM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: Irish Melkite]
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Originally Posted By: Irish Melkite

Bless, Pastor Thomas,

May your Mother's memory be eternal.

Neil


Thank you...today is the anniversary by liturgical date.

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#377412 - 03/12/12 12:21 PM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: Irish Melkite]
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Joy,

Ok, I love the lamb cake, but I have to know - is the head made of frosting in a mold or by hand? Or is it plastic?

Many years,

Neil



Actually, this one is of White Chocolate, there are various ways to make these cakes and everyone tends to become quite creative, the Polish, Ruthenians, Slovaks and Ukrainians become quite creative, they also make a butter lamb, put a flag on it (with the cross like christ holds in some paintings), you name it..lastly, the cake does not have to be coated with coconut, it can be left plain, coated with icing, you name it.

Here are some more examples






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#377414 - 03/12/12 01:05 PM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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Thanks.

Actually, those last two, with the drizzled frosting (think that's what one calls it) are very interesting (said he who isn't a big fan of traditional frosting)

Many years,

Neil
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#377416 - 03/12/12 01:19 PM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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Does anyone remember this:

The Orthodox Bunny Cake

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#377421 - 03/12/12 02:39 PM Re: What are your family's Easter traditions? [Re: MariyaNJ]
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Back in the day, there were actually real bakeries in the Binghamton area and two were famous for their lamb cakes and at Christmas time, their honey molasses St. Nicholas cookies - akin to 'medovniki.' There was one dear woman, of blessed memory, who would always bake one for the 'rectory' and it would show up at our Easter meal. Unfortunately, it was always rather dry and .....Oh well - it's the thought that counts. We have made and sold butter lambs for years during our Lenten pirohi sales.

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