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Paczki is not just another jelly doughnut

Mardi Gras is time to celebrate with Polish pastry

7:22 AM, Feb. 8, 2013

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Poland's No. 1 diet-buster will have its day in the sun Tuesday, and Smurawa's Country Bakery is gearing up to do its part throughout Brown County and elsewhere in the nation.

Tuesday may be Mardi Gras to the rest of the nation, but for the Polish-American nation, it's Paczki Day, a day to celebrate those delightful, sugar-coated, jelly-filled rolls that no one can resist and few can pronounce.

For the record, call them "POONCH-key" in the plural and refer to one of them as a POONCH-kah, says Greg Smurawa, the prime perpetrator of paczki in Pulaski. The name paczka means "little package," ...

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