I was watching CBS's "Sunday Morning" when they aired a segment on pączki — pronounced "poonch-kee."
What are pączki? I wouldn't have been able to answer that question before watching the TV program on Sunday. Pączki are deep fried pastries that look and (supposedly) taste a lot like jelly doughnuts. They are produced by small ethnic bakeries in Chicago, Detroit and other cities with large Polish communities.
Pączki are traditionally served on Mardi Gras, right before Lent. The ones that CBS showed being prepared by a bakery in the Detroit bedroom community of Hamtramck looked delicious.
I'll have to give 'em a try the next time I'm up in Detroit.