Join Leslie Habjan, Aunt Winnie’s Cookie Company, and Mary Carmody of Midwest Veterans Closet as they demonstrate the art of Potica and (Christmas) Cookie making using modern appliances to cut time and effort.
Some people may remember their mother or grandmother spending hours in the kitchen kneading dough with tired hands. Then she would crack walnut shells, pick out the walnut meat, and chop and grind it in a heavy steel grinder screwed onto the edge of the kitchen table that soon wiggled and wobbled its way loose.
Next, she would crumble the cake yeast, add a little warm water and let it rise near, or on top of, the radiator until it bubbled – after which, she would add it to the giant bowl of flour ingredients and beat the heck out of it for hours! Beat it, let it rise, beat it, let it rise, whew! FINALLY, it was time to roll the dough – to almost paper-thin thickness, spread on the nut mixture, drizzle with honey, dot with butter, sprinkle cinnamon, and throw on some golden raisins. Although it was a back-breaking, all-day affair she did it with a lot of love.
This type of ethnic homemade baking and tradition is hard to find and learn. Join us at the Winthrop Harbor VFW, 1112 Sheridan Road, Winthrop Harbor on Thursday, December 17 at 5 p.m. as we demonstrate the art of Potica making – as easy as 1-2-3!
Christmas Cookies 101 – If Potica isn’t your thing, but cookies are, we’ve got you covered. Leslie Habjan, owner of Aunt Winnie Cookie Company based in Lake Forest, will make and bake her famous cookies. Aunt Winnie’s cookies are handmade in small batches using only the freshest and finest ingredients and without preservatives. Aunt Winnie’s cookies are known for home-made taste, whimsical packaging, and the highest quality ingredients.
“We believe in supporting our community and our main philanthropic effort is devoted to Veterans through the Midwest Veterans Closet” Habjan said.
Aunt Winnie’s cookies are available at all Sunset Foods locations and beginning in January at all area Mariano’s grocery stores.
Admission is free – however, if possible, please donate a pair of men’s thermal (long) underwear. For more information contact Sharon Marsh at 847.625.0117