Celebrating Family Heritage for #SundaySupper

by Renee on May 31, 2012

International Fork representing Celebrating Family Heritage for Sunday Supper

Do you celebrate your heritage? It is something my family has done all my life. My mom is from Germany and my American dad fell in love with her and everything German. He learned the language, played the music, danced the traditional dances, and truly loved German cuisine. My parents were a part of a German club. The most special meals were those when my mom cooked family recipes or my dad grilled German-style sausages. We celebrate our heritage in every way, including around the family table.

Food, traditions, and photographs help preserve family history. Here is a photo of my opa, oma, mom, uncle, and aunt in Breslau 1940 (was Germany at the time). It is amazing this photograph still exists after what they went through during the war (WWII).

Pohl Family In Breslau 1940

I have found many people to be proud of their heritage. I can see their eyes light up when they talk about their family’s history and culture. I witnessed it in my own neighborhood when we had an International TasteFest event. Everyone was so excited and wanted to share the food representing their family roots. The conversations, tastes, and smiles were incredible. It is why I chose “Celebrating Family Heritage” to be the event I am hosting for this weekend’s Sunday Supper.

The excitement from my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers blew me away. As soon as I posted the event information in the Sunday Supper facebook group I immediately received wonderful responses. The RSVP’s started rolling in and each day the participation increased. The recipes are from all over the world. They are very special because they are a part of the personal history from each of the bloggers. I wish I could sit at every one of their family’s table and enjoy the meals and listen to their stories.

Ready to get hungry? Take a look at what is coming for this event:

Wow! I can hardly wait! Such deliciousness from all over the world. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag on twitter for even more foodie fun. Join in and share your recipes and photos too. Follow the Sunday Supper Pinterest board to see all the mouth-watering food pics. Let us all celebrate our heritage with food, family, and friends!

International Fork image courtesy of tbgdesign.com

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Family Foodie May 31, 2012 at 6:34 am

Renee,
You have done an amazing job planning this #SundaySupper event. Thank you so much! Great way to Bring Back Sunday Supper Around the Family Table! Thank you!
Isabel

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thank you Isabel!

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Daddy Knows Less May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

Looks great! Thanks for organizing. I posted on my FB page to help drum up even more buzz.

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

Thank you for spreading the word about this event on your facebook page. I really appreciate the support.

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Susan e Hemann May 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

I would love to participate this Sunday, but my grandmother was not a very good cook. lol She was an artist and unfortunately the recipes I have from her are mostly jams and preserves. Same thing for my mother, she didn’t like to cook. That could be why I like to cook and so do my children.

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

A good jam or preserve recipe would be nice to have. I hope you do post the recipes soon.

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

Aw what a great story!!! I’m partial to my Italian heritage :P

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

Thank you Kayle. I cannot wait to read all the family stories from the bloggers participating in this event.

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife May 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

oh wow! This menu looks wonderful! Great Job on putting everything together for this #SS !

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

Thanks Angie! I am glad you are participating too.

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sunithi May 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Good Job Renee :) Put the list together so beautifully !! Everything sounds mmmmm… delish !

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

Thanks! Yes, I agree…everything sounds so yummy.

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amy @ fearless homemaker May 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm

wow, this sounds like it’s going to be an awesome sunday supper – what a great idea! my dad’s family is Irish + my mom’s family is Russian/Jewish, so we grew up eating an assortment of awesome food from their/our heritage. and now i’m married to a German family, so we eat lots of the food you talk about above, especially rouladen! =)

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

I would love to see some of your family’s recipes. What a great mix of heritages.

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Cheri @ The Watering Mouth May 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I’m afraid I was a bit late for getting in on this one, but here is a great recipe I have that’s Slovakian, it’s like gnocchi casserole!! :D

http://thewateringmouth.com/sztrapacska-recipe/

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

Thanks Cheri for sharing your family’s recipe. Looks delicious.

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal May 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I love this theme! Wish I was participating/had time to cook anything!

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

Thank you Lane! We will miss you participating in this event. Hopefully you will have more time for cooking and such soon.

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Liz May 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Oh, my gosh!!! What a great group this week! Looking forward to joining you again in mid-June! Thanks for all you do for this group, Renee…you are invaluable!

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

Thank you Liz! It is a great group to be with.

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Susan May 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Wonderful job putting this together Renee! I can’t wait to see and read what everyone put together on Sunday!

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

Thanks Susan! I am so excited to read everyone’s post with their family stories and recipes.

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Miss Lady Bug May 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Wow, I am going to have to check out some of those recipes! Thanks for sharing.

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

You are welcome! Please do check out the recipes. I know they will be fantastic.

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Elizabeth @Mango_Queen May 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

You guys are doing an amazing job bringing back the traditional Sunday supper! Cheers! Love the line-up of dishes!

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

Thanks Elizabeth! Cooking at home and Sunday Supper is very important. It brings the family together and makes memories for a lifetime.

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Eileen Gross | Wine Everyday May 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Wow! do you think we’ll have enough food?
This is a going to be a great family dinner. Cheers!

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

There is always room for more food on the table. What a great line-up of recipes.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm

What an awesome round-up we have here! I can’t wait to see all the finished products! :)

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

Me too!

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The Wimpy Vegetarian June 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm

What an absolutely wonderful idea! I wish i could join in, but we’re in the middle of getting our house ready to sell, and I’ll be lucky to get dinners on the table :-). I’m coming back though to check out everyone’s contributions!!!

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

Good luck with selling your house. It is a big undertaking.

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Soni June 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

Wow, totally blown away by this fantastic menu for #sunday supper Renee!!Congrats for coming-up with a great theme!Too bad I missed this one :(

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Soni!

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Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

Sunday supper was a must attend for everyone in our family when I was growing up. When I had teenagers of my own I realized how hard my parents worked to make that happen. It’s not easy. They’re some of my most favorite memories.

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Renee June 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Thank you Maureen. It is nice to see how Sunday Supper means so much to you and your family. Keep it going.

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Rashda/Mina Khan (@SpiceBites) June 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Hi Renee,

Thanks so much for hosting! Loved the topic…I think a personal connection makes a recipe so much more special :)

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I agree. It is good to keep the family recipes going through celebrations and traditions.

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