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Countryside near Krakow, Poland

I had dinner tonight at the home of a Polish family — readers of this blog — about half an hour outside of Krakow. I did not get the name of the village, but the food and the fellowship was unforgettable. This is a cold beet soup, made with beets and beet greens from their own garden, and eggs from their own chickens. That’s a kale salad in the background, made with greens they grew themselves. I don’t know that I’ve ever had kale that tasted so sweet and green.

And look at dessert. Yes, the raspberries they grew themselves:

Countryside near Krakow, Poland

No kidding, I ate two pieces.

Here’s the same view, but with a little glass of homemade raspberry cordial:

Countryside near Krakow, Poland

I’ll write more about our conversation in a separate post. This evening was such a gift. Everything in Poland has been.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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