In the early 1900’s our grandparents, Grandma (Maria Gabor) and Pappy (Ferdinand Brusko) immigrated to the United States from the eastern European country of Slovakia. They first met in the U.S. and were soon married and settled in Nanty-Glo, a small coal mining town nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of western Pennsylvania. The area had a strong resemblance to the “old country” of Europe. Along with them they brought many of their values and traditions including preparing delicious family meals.
The Slavic name Brusko (pronounced Brew-sh-ko) literally means “happy tummy” or “belly” in many of the eastern European languages. Grandma Brusko more than lived up to the name!
As kids, Grandma’s kitchen was her domain. She prepared meals the way she was taught in the “old country”- as she always called it. Grandma was always happy to pass her knowledge on to anyone who was interested in learning.
Sometimes, helping her in the kitchen wasn’t optional – feeding a large family was a big task and she needed help. Grandma truly loved to see her family together for a meal and it rubbed off on all of us. Nobody ever left her table hungry!
The entire Brusko family agrees- of all the great food she prepared, one of the most special of all, was her Pierogi.We all loved them,especially our Uncle “Bizz” (Andrew). He would drive from his home in Boston for Christmas Eve dinner at grandma’s house- and Pierogi were always on the menu! Bizz could eat more Pierogi than anyone, but even he couldn’t finish them all.
Today- Mike and Tom Brusko have taken Grandma Brusko’s “old country” Pierogi recipe and turned it into a small family business. We use the same wholesome ingredients and attention to details that Grandma would demand and be proud of. We think you will agree- they are just like Grandma made them!