It’s a pleasure today to welcome T.S. Krupa with a guest post and her latest book info.
Recipe and a Book
I remember smelling the sugary sweetness of paczki (traditional Polish doughnut) before seeing them on my babcia’s kitchen table. They were always freshly fried and coated in powered sugar. It would take her a full 4 hours to make several trays of this sweet goodness from scratch and the family only minutes to eat them all up. I regret not ever having stood with her in the kitchen to learn how to make these and I don’t have her actual recipe anymore. By the time I came around the recipe had long been memorized and wasn’t actually written down anywhere. Fear not, I found a really good equivalent to my babcia’s paczki. Make Your Pączki at Home With This Traditional Polish recipe has a step by step process that is very close. I wish I had the original recipe. Do you have any family recipes that have been passed down? What is your favorite?
Back to the paczki and why they are important? Two reasons. The first was we just celebrated national paczki day about a month ago on February 16th. The second reason is more important and way more relevant. In my current working manuscript, 36 Pearl Street. I just wrote a scene where Maria, who is a feisty 80-year-old Polish grandmother, teaches her new tenant, a seventeen-year-old teenager named Joey, how to make these magically delicious doughy balls. The scene seems inconsequential, but it has a much deeper meaning to both characters involved. The unintended consequence of writing the scene was that it made me nostalgic for my own babcia and yet hungry all at the same time! I had never written a scene that involved so much food and it was a unique challenge of crafting a baking session while not just posting a recipe.
If you have never had a paczki, I encourage you to try one, two or three! If you’re adventurous in the kitchen, try the recipe but be warned it might take you several hours! Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on Instagram let me know how it went. My new WIP, 36 Pearl Street, will be out by the end of the year so you will need to wait and see how their paczki turned out but until then, please check out my new release, Big City Dreams.
Logan ran away from her current life and childhood love in Texas to start over in New York City. She quickly realizes from her first ‘y’all’ that life in the big city is much different than the familiar life of the ranch she left behind. On her first day in the city, Logan meets the charismatic Mac, who has connections with the social elite over the city. Mac is always looking for a new project and Logan is looking for her grand adventure, as these two join up for a journey that will transform them both. That is until her life in Texas catches up with her and she must confront her past before she can move onto her future. Logan finds an unlikely group of friends in Mac, Caroline and Grey who are all roped into a series of epic events. Successfully completing this adventure will challenge and unite them in unforeseen ways. Big City Dreams is a story about a girl on a journey to discover herself and bonds friendships with a little bit of mischief created along the way.
T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Raised in a Polish household with a blended American culture, she is fluent in Polish. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University, where she also played field hockey. She earned her Master’s from Texas Tech University and recently graduated with her Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two dogs.