Happy Birthday Haluski!

It’s my birthday today and I’m hanging onto the tail end of the 30’s with a death grip.  Well, I was this morning and then after a nice cup of coffee and a decision to sluff work, I felt much better and was able to embrace it.

I used to want to go shopping on my birthday and buy a bunch of clothes and girly things to make me more acceptable to society.  Maybe drop a wad of cash on an 80 minute facial and an eye brow wax, topped with a trip to Sephora to buy a new microderm abrasion kit.

Today, at 38 I ran out of eyeliner mid-application, threw the tube in the trash, and headed out to the camera shop to buy me a new tripod.

I call that growth.

My sweet husband didn’t blink an eye at the price tag for my new, top of the line, Manfrotto tripod legs and head.  He is so supportive of me in all my endeavors.  Thank you Chaddie!  I have to say I felt pretty legit with my new set up today.

I can say legit because I’m 38 and that was cool back in the day.

Most people probably wouldn’t sluff work to stay home and cook a meal just to photograph it, but that spells fun to me, so that’s what I did.  I made some awesome Haluski.  Check it out.


My lighting was not on point today in the kitchen because I shot at the worst time of day, but buying a tripod is serious business and my trip to the store was a little longer than planned.  Still a pretty dish though, I think.

Haluski is a traditional Polish dish that is made of fried cabbage, bacon, onions, and wide egg noodles.   It’s a comfort food that comes together easily in a skillet on your stove top.

I modernize my version with some julienned carrots, a little white wine, fresh thyme, and some lemon for acidity.


I think I first heard of this dish on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives one night when my Ambien was slow to kick in.  Insomnia is such a productive condition to have.  I’ve learned so much in the dead of night when I’m the only one up.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I love to cook dishes from other cultures, and I am especially intrigued if they have awesome names and the ingredients are easy to find.  Nothing could be a better fit for me than this dish.  We are talking simple, everyday ingredients here turned into a fabulous home cooked meal.

Well it’s late and I’m going to go watch some TV, eat another cupcake, and stay up way too late.  I don’t have any eyeliner for work tomorrow so I’ll be looking extra glamour-less tomorrow and it’s all good.  I’m a woman of age who knows who she is.  It’s a nice feeling.  Night guys!

Happy Birthday Haluski!


  • 1 pound wide egg noodles
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 ounces bacon
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces julienned carrots
  • 1 small head cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs thyme


  1. Cook the pasta in heavily salted water according to the package directions. Reserve one cup of the pasta water.
  2. Dice the bacon and fry it until crispy. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Pour off all but 2 Tbs of the bacon grease.
  3. Add 1 Tbs of the butter to the grease. Heat to medium and add the onion. Sauté until golden. Add the carrots and the cabbage along with some salt and pepper to taste. Cook for five minutes, just until the vegetables are cooked but still crisp.
  4. Add the garlic and deglaze the pan with the wine. Add the noodles to the pot along with the remaining butter.
  5. Add some pasta water if needed to loosen the sauce. Add the lemon juice and taste for seasoning.
  6. Serve hot with a sprinkle of fresh thyme.



  1. This is a delicious dish! Eye liner or not I still you as full of glamour. 38 looks good on you!

  2. I have never heard of Haluski before, you always teach me new things. I love this post by the way!

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