Written by Melissa Peterson
Shake up your dinner routine with a little comfort food via Poland! Jaju Pierogi – a delish, homemade treat is made by some pretty amazing young women – sisters Casey & Vanessa. These original Cape Codders have brought their family recipe to Boston and can now be found in Southie’s own American Provisions! Read their story below:
Sixty-five years ago, their grandfather (Dziadziu or Jaju ) started a Polish food business with his brothers and sisters in Western Massachusetts where he handcrafted pierogi, golabki, and kielbasa for their community. Growing up, Casey and Vanessa always had their grandfather’s pierogi in their freezer. When they went off to college in the Boston area, they quickly realized that the homemade pierogi their mom delivered to them while visiting was a hot commodity and that there was void in the homemade pierogi market.
In 2015, they dug out their grandfather’s handwritten recipes and got to work, perfecting traditional, handmade pierogi for Boston. Starting off in just a few farmers markets a month, over a course of one year, they have become full-time pierogi making machines. You can now find their product in 14 specialty food stores in and around the Boston area, including American Provisions, and in farmer’s markets across the state. They also pop-up at breweries and cater too! Their core flavors include potato and cheese, cabbage and mushroom, sweet potato and caramelized onion, and butternut squash, apple and sage. They sell them frozen with six to a package for $9. Visit their website here to learn more and to see where they are popping up next!