In this latest edition of Cooking Around the World, our letter was “X.” Much like “W”, there is no country that begins with this letter. So, this week, we’re featuring the X-Factor. We opted for Poland for the sole purpose of making pierogies. You see, being gluten free it can be a bit difficult to find these. Sure, there are some that you can buy frozen, but my grocery store fails to provide. If we wanted pierogies, we had to make them ourselves. And so we did!
Generally speaking, I try very hard as a celiac not to dwell on what I’m missing out on. The benefits of being gluten free (like not being chronically ill) far outweigh the drawbacks (like being able to go to The Cheesecake Factory and eat ALL the desserts). However, there are a few things that are just really difficult to get gluten free. One of those things is really great, fresh Italian food. Sure, you can buy brown rice pasta or frozen gnocchi, but it just isn’t the same. So, to combat this issue, I turn to my kitchen and do what I do best: experiment until I find an acceptable solution!