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A year ago the smokehouse that I would buy our kielbasa from locally burned down. It completely destroyed their business and they have not reopened. Being Polish, and not having access to kielbasa is extremely difficult to say the least. It is such a staple of my families diet and used in some of my favorite recipes.
Back in the day, I can remember going with my grandmas shopping, and we would go to Swanson’s for groceries, but we would go to small little mom and pop shops for other things. Chocolate covered caramels were bought at a small chocolatier shop, produce at a vegetable stand. My grandma Pearl would only buy kielbasa from one local family, The Carnocki’s. It’s something that has lost its way a bit in our world, buying from small, local businesses. We have not had kielbasa for over a year now, so I started investigating where I could get my hands on some. Seattle and Portland both have Polish markets, but are both long drives, and I need something closer. Unfortunately, no where in the Olympia area has any, so I started scouring Tacoma shops, and I found a couple listings. Last Saturday my son Jonathan and I went on a discovery trip. I drive through Tacoma all the time, but I really don’t ever get off the freeway there to shop. I will from now on. We found several little gems on our outing.
The Proctor neighborhood is beautiful, with its amazing homes, and then the cutest little shopping area. It even has an old fashioned theater with the ticket booth still out front. It was like I stepped back in time and was a kid again walking in small town USA with my grandmas.

On a tip from one of my store vendors, we went to a small German deli and bakery. Jonathan enjoyed listening to the customers in front of us in line, an elderly gentleman speaking only German, and the clerk speaking back to him in kind. They were out of there regular kielbasa, the holidays had wiped them out, but had some from a market at Pike Place in Seattle that I know is good. The deli/bakery is a small mom and pop shop, and when I said I hadn’t been there before, the owner got a bag and gave me one of every roll and pretzel he had, and said, now you will be hooked and you will come back. Who does that anymore? And he was right! I will be back! They use only non processed flour and the baked goods are like heaven! Across the hall from the deli/bread bakery is the sweets bakery. They were closed when we got there, so next time I will be going earlier!
Our next stop was a small butcher shop, and they had kielbasa. I bought several ropes, and it is delicious!! I will be making this trip to Tacoma again and again. The fact we found a German/Polish restaurant and a British tea shop within blocks of each other only means more fun trips! Sometimes you just have to step outside your comfort zone, and explore the world right around you. It’s truly amazing what you will find.
Today’s recipe has kielbasa in it, so I hope you all can find a good one near you. This is my son Matthews most requested meal. It is being served on my new favorite pattern Blue Citrine. This 11 inch dinner plate is just beautiful! Regularly $69.99 and on sale 20% off for $55.99. Nothing is going to cheer a person up better during the dark gloomy winter nights, than this bright cheery plate, with this delicious comfort food on it!
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From my heart to yours, and Smacznego!

Kim’s Chicken Bog


  • 1 4-5 pound roasting chicken, or 6 legs & 6 thighs
  • 1 pound kielbasa
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 teaspoons Seasoned Salt, I use Lawry's
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 10 cups of water
  • 4 cups basmati rice

Slice the sausage into 1/2-inch pieces.
In a large pot combine the onion, butter and seasoning till onion is cooked through. Add the chicken, sausage, and water. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook at a low boil for an hour. Then turn down to simmer while the chicken is cooling.
Remove the chicken from the pot and let cool. When the chicken is cooled to the touch, pick the meat from the bones shredding it as you go. Discard the bones and skin.
Turn the heat back up to medium high and add the the rice to the pot, stirring well and often to prevent sticking on the bottom of the pan. Cook for approximately 1/2 hour till rice is cooked through, then reduce the heat to a simmer and add chicken back to the pot, stirring to combine. I let this just sit on low for 1/2 hour then serve.
It is warm and cozy, with just a hint of spice. Increase the pepper and cayenne if you like things spicier! This makes a ton, so you could cut it in half if you have a smaller family. It’s really good warmed up the next day too!