Every holiday buffet in my household included a dish of Polish sausage in honor of my father. His Polish-born parents never spoke English after emigrating from Europe to escape the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. My few memories of my grandfather were images of him making his own sausage in the basement of his Chicago greystone. My mother's version wasn't quite the same, but it was the effort we appreciated. This week, Taster's Choice purchased four brands of Polish kielbasa from local grocery stores and, like my mom, boiled them on the stovetop. Judges found a couple my late grandpa might even appreciate.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent