Food Bloggers Los Angeles Celebrate Their Heritage Recipes

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 13, 2013

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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?

Food Bloggers Los Angeles celebrate heritage recipesThe 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:

Delicious Beginnings

Toast Skagen by She Paused for ThoughtCathy Arkle from She Paused 4 Thought channeled her Swedish roots and brought the gorgeous Toast Skagen.

Smørrebrød  from Cook and Be MerryLynne Hemer from Cook & Be Merry brought Danish Smørrebrød — Herring & Apples on Rye.

Primo Taglio Mozzarella Prosciutto Roll on Shockingly DeliciousPrimo Taglio Mozzarella Prosciutto Roll with Basil on Shockingly DeliciousI (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.

Middle courses

Armenian Cheese Boereg from I Had a Delicious TimeKelli Abrahamian from I Had a Delicious Time brought Armenian Cheese Boereg — a flaky, savory turnover.

Chocolate Banana Bread and High Tea from Within My MeansEllen 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.

Frozen veggies from In Erika's KitchenErika 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.  😈

Vegan Tzimmes from Lentil BreakdownAdair 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.

Sippitysup Pimiento Cheese Tea SandwichesGreg Henry of Sippity Sup brought Pimiento Tea Sandwiches that expressed his “white trash meets English” heritage. They were down-home delicious!

 Sweet Endings

Pastiera from 2 Broads AbroadJudy Lyness from 2 Broads Abroad brought Pastiera, an Italian lattice-top ricotta pie/cake with chewy wheatberries. Deliziosa!

Chocolate Truffle Espresso Mini MuffinsValentina Wein from Cooking On The Weekends brought Chocolate Truffle Espresso Muffins. Yes, that is a whole truffle nestled inside.

Kugel from Foodie Goes HealthyDana from Foodie Goes Healthy brought Sweet Apple Noodle Kugel.

Sweet Noodle Kugel from Kitchy CookingJennifer Richmond from Kitchy Cooking also brought Sweet Noodle Kugel. Two things are true about kugel — everyone’s recipe is slightly different, and you can never have too much kugel!

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.

Mandelbread by Bumbleberry BreezeJudy from Bumbleberry Breeze brought Mandelbread, which harkens back to her Jewish/Eastern European heritage.

Frappe by Christina's CucinaChristina Conte from Christina’s Cucina brought Frappe — Italian bows and ribbons — a deep-fried pastry dusted with powdered sugar. They flew like angel wings right into my mouth.

Finnish Cinnamon Rolls by Kristina from Better RecipesKristina 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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Dana at FoodieGoesHealthy March 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm

It was fun to try food from so many different cuisines. Dorothy, thank you for the great write up.


Dorothy Reinhold March 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I so agree!


Faye March 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Dana, your kugel story is wonderful! Dorothy, you are so right, you can never have too much kugel!


Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought March 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Thanks for the great post. What a great group of people and fabulous cooks!


Dorothy Reinhold March 13, 2013 at 7:36 pm



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