Jannette and I were just enjoying a peach in the kitchen together, and were talking about how nice it is that peach season is now once again coming upon us. That prompted me to remember a recipe I developed during university; peach and apple perogies. I’d make an orange sauce and sautee fresh apple and peach slices in it, and pour that over some freshly oven-baked perogies. If you like fruit (and I probably haven’t said it enough: that cooking with fruit needs to happen more frequently), you’ll probably really enjoy this dish.
So I thought I should ressurect it, as it’s been nearly 10 years since I last made it. But instead of relying on frozen perogies like I had in the past, perhaps I could whip up a batch of my own from scratch. I’m handy in the kitchen, I should be able to do that, right? Sure. All I need is a recipe.
Well, do you think I can find a recipe? No! First I looked through Jannette’s Moosewood cookbook (an
infamous vegetarian restaurant in Ithaca, NY, that has made itself famous for its vegetarian cooking with many recipe books to its name). No dice there. I could make samosas or falafel or a bunch of other exotic dishes, but no perogies. I flipped through our collection of Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates, and Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry to no avail as well. I thought maybe our La Leche League cookbook might have it, but no luck there either.
Ah well, we’ll just go to one of our no-fail backup cookbooks: The Joy of Cooking or Better Homes and Gardens. If you need a recipe, one of these books will have it. (The Joy of Cooking tells you how to prepare a turtle for cooking – it must have everything, right?) Nope. Nothing on both counts. Ah, but there’s one more fallback that we got for a wedding present – the full collection of Jean Pare’s Company’s Coming books. And guess what – NO PEROGIES!!!
WTF?!? Are there strict Polish copyright laws on perogie recipes that I’m not aware of? Did someone buy all the intellectual property on these potato-based comfort foods and muscle all the recipes out of print? I mean, what in the blue blazes is going on? When I have enough recipe books that I could eat a different meal for every meal of the day for an entire year and never repeat myself, but I can’t find “perogies” in the index of any single book I own, something fishy is going on.
Yes, I could Google a perogie recipe, but I’m not sure how much I trust online recipes. Joy of Cooking is tried and true. Loony Spoons and company are new but well-tested and personally approved. La Leche League is all member-submitted recipes from across North America, so you know they took only the cream of the crop there. So why no perogies?
Please – I beg of you – if you know of a decent perogie recipe, please send it along!
Pre-post UPDATE: Mere seconds before I manage to publish this, Jannette finds the recipe. It’s in a 75th anniversary cookbook from a church I’ve never been to in Windsor. We think it was a gift from my grandmother some number of years ago. Either way, I have my perogie recipe. All is right with the world. Now I just need to wait for the baskets of fresh Ontario peaches to show up in grocery stores.