For the purebreds among us, making something from the kitchen that expresses your heritage can be simple. You pull out your grandmother’s best recipe, and go to town.
But for the mutts and Muggles, with the Heinz 57 ancestry that makes up the background of many, it can be wildly confusing. Your Italian or Lithuanian grandmother? Your Pennsylvania Dutch/German or Canadian grandfather? Pasta or palacinke?
The possibilities are endless, says Food Bloggers Los Angeles, the merry band of blogging cooks in greaterL.A. We had ample opportunity to express ourselves when we met recently for a roots and heritage potluck. Join us for our eclectic brunch:
I (Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious) brought my favorite Italian-esque Mozzarella Prosciutto with Basil cheese roll. I serve it all the time!
Melissa Lanz, our hostess who runs Internet meal plan service The Fresh 20, kept us busy with her trademark mimosas (tangerine juice and bubbly). Winter citrus never had it so good.
Ellen Rosentreter of Within My Means brought an English high tea with chocolate banana bread, lemon curd and mascarpone, figs, dates and a couple of her favorite teas.
Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen brought a frozen vegetable medley, because, although she loves her mother dearly, she never passes up an opportunity to tease her mom about her lack of culinary expertise.
Adair Seldon of Lentil Breakdown brought Vegan Tzimmes. Although she doesn’t have a recipe on her site, you can make it from carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, sauteed onion, golden raisins, dried apricots, orange juice, cinnamon and some coconut oil.
Greg Henry of Sippity Sup brought Pimiento Tea Sandwiches that expressed his “white trash meets English” heritage. They were down-home delicious!
Newbie Jeannette Hartman of Fido Confidential brought Walker’s Shortbread, always welcome at any party! She also has some recipes for doggie treats and biscuits over on her site, so if you have a mutt, go poke around.
Kristina Vanni from Better Recipes had a kitchen entirely torn up for remodeling at the time of our meeting, but wants you to know she would have brought Finnish Cinnamon Rolls “Korvapuusti” (vegan version). We expect to see them at the table next meeting, Christina!
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