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). Still in the works are some Thanksgiving-themed duck and fig specials as well as pumpkin “pie-rogi.”

All the pierogi come in sets of eight—although larger platters are also available—and can be ordered steamed, toasted (sautéed with a bit of butter), or fried with a choice of sauces. Hardy says he’s also taking special requests for frozen pierogi for anyone who wants to stock up their freezer.

Ed Hardy’s latke doughnut is made of fried shredded potato. Photograph courtesy Zofia’s Kitchen.

Zofia’s Kitchen also sells a handful of sandwiches, including a house-braised pastrami reuben and Italian beef. Hardy is also working on a schnitzel sandwich on a pretzel bun and a Swedish meatball sub. (He counts Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson as a mentor.) There’s also chicken noodle soup, New England clam chowder, and most intriguingly, savory latke doughnuts—crispy shredded potato molded into a ring shape.

“Everyone’s got to be Dominique Ansel these days,” says Hardy, referring to the creator of the cronut. “I’ll be honest with you, this is one of my finest potato creations.”

Zofia’s Kitchen offers pick-up from Arlington and delivery via DoorDash and UberEats. Hardy is looking to soon expand operations to DC and into other parts of

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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 of Christmas cookies this season, you’ll definitely want a good oven mitt by your side.

2. These Cookie Boxes Are Especially Sweet

Give your friends something extra sweet this season, like this beautiful box that’s filled with your own homemade Christmas cookies. This box kit from Half Baked Harvest and Etsy contains scalloped lids, box dividers, parchment squares, and bakers twine to wrap everything up nicely. There are even jingle bells so your friends can jingle all the way to this sweet treat in the kitchen.

3. This Cookbook Stand Is Oh-So Perfect For Holiday Baking

Keep your cookbook neat and readily available with this adorable recipe stand. It’s made from yellow birch, and has champagne gold accents that will look gorgeous in your kitchen.

4. This Candle Holder Will Light Up Your Holiday Table

Add a merry and bright centerpiece to your dinner table with one or more of these candlestick holders. Create a look like something out of A Christmas Carol with the vintage-like handle. Depending on the style and color palette of your space, you can get this holder in either black or white.

5. These Cute Ceramic Ornaments Are Definite Keepers

It wouldn’t be a holiday

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