We used to get it at the local deli. My father loves it but I always demured. In one of the Little House books, Laura Ingalls Wilder describes making head cheese.
I'm part Slavic as well . . . Polish but with Irish, Austrian and Hungarian in the mix.
Ive gotta say that the "not too bad" tofu I had was made by this Korean immigrant guy. The 'fu actually looked like beef chunks. (The mealy texture is still a bit un appetizing to me). BUT the use of the jalapenos and the nice garlicky sauce was good. I coulda made a sammich outta the jalapenos and the gravy, just leave out the tofu.