Inna and Mama Tanya
Inna and the kiddos
Grandma Lena and her famous pierogies
I would like to take this time to tell you about my journey as a pierogi-maker. It began even before my time. It began with my parents, Peter and Tanya.
My father and mother were immigrants, born and raised in Ukraine. Shortly after marriage, they began to venture out into the world of entrepreneurial endeavors. Despite unfavorable circumstances, they opened a small baking business making European wafers. Upon immigrating to the United States, the land of opportunity, my mother continued to evolve her cooking skills. My mother began to cater various events, parties and weddings. She always had a wide assortment of dishes she created, each one of them unique, beautiful and delicious.
Pierogies were a staple in my home and part of those dishes my mother and grandmother always served for our family. When my grandparents immigrated to the United States, my mom and grandma would often devote a whole day to make pierogies. Lots of flour, fresh mashed potatoes and pinch-pinch-pinch until our bellies and freezers were full.
As a child, I loved tasting all the food and eating the yummy goodness. I watched and learned from the most talented cook I know. I began to notice that I was developing a passion for this craft and decided to step out of my comfort zone and began cooking as well. My mother mentored me by sharing her experience. This created opportunities for me to learn and develop my skills. My mother has been a devoted teacher and the source of my creativity. She is the reason for what I have accomplished to date.
To my mom and grandmother, I am grateful they passed on their passion and expertise to me and my kiddos. To my local and growing community of pierogi-lovers, thank you for your continuous support in this journey.