potato soup - lightly browned butter and flour, add to water cook sliced potatoes, carrots, celery, and spices (salt and pepper)
potato pogachels - not a cookie! Flat potato biscuit eat cold or hot...mustard on top is my favorite...if they weren't so painful to mix I'd have them every week...
pierogies - potatoes, onion, and government provided cheese was my favorite as a kid
kraut knuckles - quarter size flat looking dumplings pan fried with cabbage - AWESOME! Call it Haluski if you want but make sure you don't use an egg noodle from a bag...home made is the only way! Also we don't roll our dough...we make a dough ball and tear pieces off, give them a good pinch and drop 'em in the water...give 'em a good boiling while the shredded cabbage is cooking down...finish it all off in the skillet with light oil and spices...super cheap...super taste!
My mother's Tomato and Creamed cabbage soup was one of my childhood favorites also.
Forgot another cheap one....sour cream, garlic, kidney bean soup!!! With rye bread!! Don't know who made the best...my mother, wife, grandfather, or myself. Dangerous after effects with this one though
I don't think there is any polish in my family...I'm very much Austrian/German...but I am very interested in that "SKI" punch line also!!