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A New Ghost Kitchen Is Delivering Loaded Baked Potato and Everything Bagel Pierogi

Zofia’s Kitchen’s everything bagel pierogi are stuffed with cream cheese, scallion, and everything seasoning. Photograph courtesy Zofia’s Kitchen.

Chef Ed Hardy was playing a lot of video games and felt in need of a challenge after Cookology Culinary School in Arlington, where he was an instructor, shut down at the start of the pandemic. So when his friend Nate Reynolds, a Chicago native who works in telecom, asked if he could make pierogi for a socially distanced barbecue, Hardy went all out. Flaunting tradition, he stuffed his pierogi with creative fillings like loaded mashed potatoes with “an unreasonable amount of bacon” or a Chicago dog with all the fixings. 

They were such a hit that Hardy and Reynolds, who became friends through the Northern Virginia Foodies Facebook group, decided they should sell them. They’ve since launched Zofia’s Kitchen, a ghost kitchen operating out of Cookology that specializes in twists on the Polish dumpling alongside deli fare. 

“We can go for Ethiopian here. We can go for kabobs. We don’t really know a good spot where we can get pierogies,” explains Hardy, who shut down his food truck Bacon N Ed’s last year. They chose the name Zofia’s Kitchen because it “sounded exactly like a Polish grandmother who would be making pierogies,” Hardy says. While Reynolds did have a Polish grandmother, her name wasn’t Zofia.

Maryland crab rangoon pierogi. Photograph courtesy Zofia’s Kitchen.

The loaded mashed potato pierogi are already on the menu, and the Chicago dog version will be live next week.  Slightly more traditional-leaning options include sauerkraut-and-brat pierogi or mushroom-and-herb pierogi with a choice of beef stroganoff sauce or mustard cream. And then there are the “dangerously experimental” pierogi flavors like everything bagel (cream cheese, scallion, everything seasoning) or crab rangoon (Maryland blue crab, cream cheese, scallions, Old Bay).

The Etsy x Half Baked Harvest Collection Will Bake Your Kitchen Merry & Bright

Picture this: You’re baking peppermint crinkle cookies while enjoying a jolly good playlist and massive mug of eggnog. It feels like a scene in a holiday film. Well, almost. All you need to complete this picture-perfect scenario is Etsy x Half Baked Harvest collection that’ll make your coziest dreams come true over the holiday season.

Creator and author of Half Baked Harvest, Tieghan Gerard, collaborated with Etsy for this special collection that’s filled with cozy kitchenware and decor. From cookie boxes to oven mitts, this line will make baking some of your favorite holiday recipes even more Insta-worthy and fun. Not to mention, the decor pieces such as candle holders and ceramic ornaments will transform your space into something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

Each one of the items in this collection has been handcrafted with the help of 12 Etsy artists that Gerard worked with. Everything is budget-friendly, too, with items ranging from $20 to $100. Get your bestie who’s always in the kitchen a cute apron or adorable reindeer measuring spoons. Or, treat yourself to a gingerbread latte-scented candle for chill December nights at home.

There’s sure to be something sweet you’ll want to gift yourself or purchase as a present for a loved one, so start browsing some of the items in the Etsy x Half Baked Harvest collection now. This collection is only available until Dec. 31, or while supplies last.

1. These Oven Mitts Will Come In Handy When You’re Baking

Tieghan Gerard worked with Etsy shop confetti mill to launch an adorable collection of oven mitts, pot holders, and kitchen towels you’ll definitely want to grab this holiday season. They come in cute colors like oatmeal grey or forest green that’s reminiscent to your tree at home. If you plan on baking lots