This family festival is also known as Summer in February and was held on Valentine's Day this year. Nothing says romance like gluttony with the family. I'm not sure how the tradition started, but it has been going on for at least 5 years. We were trying to date the first year, but no one was sure. Anyhow, in the middle of February, a large portion of family gets together, ribs and sausage are cooked in a pit over wood coals, leftover Christmas pierogi are fried up, and all the side dishes would comfortably fit in at a summer picnic. Good eats like potato salad, pasta salad and deviled eggs. First, let me introduce Duke. He graciously agreed to host the party at his house.
Here's the pit used to cook the ribs and homemade sausage. Not sure why the picture of the food rotated, but the software won't let me fix it. The ribs were about done so they got moved to the sides when the sausage went on. The darker colored sausage is hot, the lighter rounds are sweet.
Once the ribs were finished, Aunt Carol started frying pierogi.
They get some seasonings and a little paprika to help with the browning.
She did a great job. They were fantastic.
Here's some of the spread. If you left hungry, it was your own fault....