On this meat-free Monday I heated up some Wegman's potato and cheese pierogies with vegetables for lunch. It wasn't the best lunch I've ever had but it wasn't the worst either. Clearly sauteing pierogies with olive oil, onions, salt and pepper would have been preferable, but that wasn't really an option for lunch in the office.
While I ate at my desk (I know I need to make more of a concerted effort not to eat at my desk) I asked my colleague if she had ever eaten a pierogy. Most people I ask have never tasted the little Polish pillows of potato and cheese delight. Much to my dismay, my colleague had not only eaten and made them from scratch, but she informed me that they were the featured in-game entertainment for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team! Apparently there is a huge Polish population in the Pittsburgh region.
After the 5th inning at a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, four pierogies -- Sauerkeraut Saul, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah, and Oliver onion -- take the field to the 280-yard Pierogy Race. Amazing!!
Where have I been all these years? How did I not know about this? As a little girl I distinctly remember my Polish grandmother tediously wrapping a variety of pierogies by hand. Sadly my mother never inherited my grandmother's talents so I've been eating Mrs. T's frozen pierogies for as long as I can remember. They aren't bad, but like almost anyone I prefer fresh, homemade pierogies.
Needless to say, I hope to make it to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania some day soon if only to watch a Pirates game and indulge in local homemade pierogies while cheering on the human pierogies.
For a complete list of the 2015 Pirates Pierogy Race Standings, check it out here.