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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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20 CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY 2018 NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 | THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER For the Kaletski family, their semi- annual "kalduny parties," as they've come to be called, have grown beyond the act of eating – they embody the act of sharing. Kerri (Kaletski) Lanzieri, of Smithfield, a social worker with Smithfield elementary schools, remembers her first introduction to these meal-making gatherings at her grandmother's Worcester, Mass., home. "I remember the warmth in the kitchen and the love and laughter," she recalls fondly. Her family holds to its Belarusian and Lithuanian roots. And this hal- lowed tradition celebrated in the fall and at Christmas still begins the way it always has: with a big pot of cof- fee early in the morning. As mature members work the unleavened dough, the family's students stuff them while exchanging stories over the eastern European staple dish famous for sticking to ribs like the glue that binds these generations. Similar to Polish pierogi, kalduny are meat-filled dumplings meticu- lously crafted to ensure the dough is just the right consistency and thickness to perfectly encapsulate the oniony beef mixture. After boil- ing, the soft kalduny are served with a number of toppings – Lanzieri prefers ketchup while others opt for sour cream or horseradish for a kick. "They're very meticulous about what they teach us," Lanzieri said of her family's matriarchs. "You'll be rolling and squeezing and pinching and they'll make you do it again because they're very strict about how it looks." In the dumpling assembly line, the prep beforehand takes a significant effort – one still left to the older gen- erations. Even Lanzieri, a veteran of the process, sticks to rolling the dough and forming the dumplings along with her children, nieces and nephews. "The purpose is to have dough that's not too thick," she said, so the meat has a perfect place in the process. After dozens of dumplings have been pressed and pinched, and the kitchen – along with everyone in it – is covered in flour, the family can reflect on what brought them together over full bellies and lots of laughter. After all, as Lanzieri says, "It's not the destination, it's the jour- ney." It is this pivotal point she hopes to instill in her own daughters, ages 5 and 9, who've been practicing their own kalduny rolling. "Everyone is just in the moment," Lanzieri said. "You all have a task, and you all have this journey togeth- er. Her dough might be too thick and the other might have holes in it … but at the end of the day it doesn't matter. We're eating it at 5 at night, and we're all there together." Lanzieri noted that while her father and Aunt Rose – two of the tradition's originators – are no lon- ger here, the kalduny parties have For Kaletski family, kalduny parties keep everyone 'in the moment' By DIANDRA MARKGRAF Valley Breeze Contributing Writer KERRI LANZIERI pauses for a photo with one of her daughters, 9-year-old GIADA, while teaching her how to craft the perfect kalduny. Her youngest daughter, Lucia, will also learn the art of making them. Continues on next page Open to the public TFS Marketplace Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 401-431-2190 ext. 8 141 Narragansett Park Dr., East Providence, RI 02916 (behind Patriot Cinema) We are the place to Shop for your Holiday Ham. Great Hams at the Best Prices. We carry both boneless and bone-in. Eastern Paint Center 1926 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911 (401) 232-0600 Fax (401) 232-3070 • Large collection of wallcovering books to order from, including Magnolia Home. • Distributor of Pratt and Lambert paint.

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