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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000988.txt from 2004/10

From: "dnleeson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] An ode to the polka
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 19:03:25 -0500

David, a "kishka" is a Polish dish made from the large intestine
of a cow. The word translates to "hose." One of the cheapest
pieces of a cow was the intestines, first because there are a lot
of them, and second because it was not necessary to clean them.
That was left to the housewife and the task was awful. One
bought intestine by the yard. Once well cleaned it could be
stuffed with a variety of things, baked, and sliced.

The eating of the kishka never meant that one ate the intestine.
In fact, it was tougher than shoe leather. It was the filling
that one went for.

And "Who Stole The Kishka," was, after "The Clarinet Polka,"
absolutely manadatory at any polka job.

I am not going to go in to what was used to stuff the kishka
because my arteries harden just thinking about it, but it was
delicious. I would sometimes eat six inches of the stuff in one
inch slices. When you got done, there were the rings of
intestine on the plate.

Before anyone complains about the dish, be aware that almost
every culture has such a dish. With the Scots it is Haggis, for
example, and that is sheep's stomach. And any good sausage
factory uses small intestines by the cow-load. The large
intestine is less frequently used.

Dan Leeson

-----Original Message-----
From: davidglenn []
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2004 3:49 PM
To: Clarinet List
Subject: Re: [kl] An ode to the polka

> Von :: "dnleeson" <>
> An :: ">
> Betreff: [kl] An ode to the polka
> Datum: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 14:11:35 -0700

> Since the subject of polkas has come up, I submit a short story
> wrote some years ago when I was trying to get a collection of
> short stories published. The dates in the title refer to the
> about which I am writing.
> POLKA, POLKA (1950-1954)
>s "Who Stole The
> Kishka?"

> Dan Leeson

Thank you Dan for that lovely story! I can just see you as a
young man sweating your way through those gigs and sauerkraut! A
real piece of American history!

By the way, what is a Kishka??


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