Some of my fondest memories of my parents surrounds the holiday seasons and Easter is no exception. I remember wonderful Easters at home, whether it was in Johnstown or Olney, when we would get the food ready for Easter Sunday.
The food would include hard boiled eggs, kolbassi (the best is Froelich's in Johnstown), homemade cheese, horseradish, and the ever present holupki with saurkraut; oh and don't forget the "pink stuff" which is a jello salad made with cool-whip, any red jello on-hand, crushed pineapple, and a graham cracker crust. Somehow we would manage to eat the pink stuff with the holupki -- it sounds a little gross, but actually all the flavors blended together to make the taste buds dance.
I hold the title in my family for the best holupki. Of course I do, because Grandma Tomera's idea of picnic food was cooking a huge pot of holupki and mashed potatoes. Anna lives!
It is Easter in the Roman calendar, and Palm Sunday in the Orthodox calendar, which many Egyptians follow because they are Coptic Christians. I am not familiar with Egyptian traditions, but will always hold my parents' traditions deep in my heart, along with fond memories of the years we spent together around the dining room table.