Dear Vašek, it sounds as though you have adapted well into the Texas
culture ("tarnation" !!)
Americanized 'pigs in a blanket' are awful, aren't they? My mom has
made her klobasnike using good quality country sausage wrapped in
kolac dough. I did ask about 'sausage kolaches' when I visited the
Czech Republic, and got blank stares. Kolaches were for only fruit
You might remember that many Czechs immigrated in the 1800's, and the
food and the language they brought over were both stuck in the 19th
century Czech heritage and influenced by their new Texan environment.
I understand that modern Czech language is fairly different from
Texas Czech. Differences in how flour and milk products were
processed, the types of mushrooms and fruit available, changed how
the food tastes, and may have been adapted. Is there any Czech pastry
that combines sausage and kolac dough?
I was surprised when I visited a Czech organization in California,
and their kolace were like fruit Danish (not a sweet bread, but more
a croissant-like pastry). The rohlicky (half-moon butter cookies) I
had in the Czech Republic were dry and not as tender and tasty as my
I too have fallen for 'Best in Texas Kolaches' advertisements, and
have been sorely disappointed. "freshly picked plums with cottage
cheese and hint of poppy seed filling" -- sounds heavenly! Do you
have a recipe, or should we try to figure it out?
A relative in the Czech Republic complains that her husband sends too
many of their plums to be refined for his slivovice, and doesn't
leave enough for her baking :-) Are Czech plums red, purple, or
yellow? (My grandparents had a plum tree that produced small yellow
plums--very tart, but they made a wonderful jam)
Is it Texans and food, or Czechs and food? We both seem to be fairly
passionate, and many happy family memories are food-bound. Many of my
family gatherings are highlighted by venison. My soon-to-be 87-year-
old dad shot a deer last weekend, and his shot cut the aorta, so that
the deer bled out and dropped almost immediately. He said that the
year did not seem to be complete unless he got his deer, and he
pushed himself to near exhaustion dragging that deer out of the
woods, and later cutting it into steaks, stew and sausage meat.
Nothing is wasted.
If you are near the Houston area, I hope that you and your 'red-
blooded American wife' will gather with the Czech Heritage Society-
Harris County Chapter for some of our events, meetings and Czech
movies. I would like to meet you both. I would like to understand
the 'divisions' in our shared Czech culture, caused by the centuries
and the Atlantic Ocean, and integrate at least in my own mind those
With all best wishes, Jana Pivec, aka Jan Esenwein
--- In TexasCzechs@ yahoogroups. com, "vaclav_sal" <vaclav_sal@ ...>
> My red blooded American wife warned me not to start another issue
> with Texans about food, but since this is not about chicken fried
> steak or BBQ I am willing to take a change and hopefully will not
> booted from Texas!
> So, here it goes
> What in tarnation are "Kolaches" ???
> I fell for "Best Kolaches in Texas " advertisement only to chew on
> hot dog wrapped in donut dough. And I though they were called "pigs
> in the blanket" in the rest of the USA.
> I have lived in Czech for 28 years of my life and had never had any
> such food.
> But I have to admit – I have not seen these "kolaches" advertised
> Czech food in Texas.
> I would like to find out where did this
> Czech named "food " - apparently native to Texas - originated.
> And here is some Czech lesson about "real" sweet treats void of any
> Koláè – singular
> Koláèe – plural
> Koláèek – singular diminutive
> Koláèky – plural diminutive
> My favorite - bite size koláèky – freshly picked plums with cottage
> cheese and hint of – what else – poppy seed filling!
> Mnoho stesti v Novem Roce
> Happy New Year !