“What do we tell the kids?”

For years I’ve lived under the illusion that I was 100% Polish.  In fact, every time a news story began, “According to a recent Pole,” I thought they were talking about someone in my family.  Then my brother got the idea that we should send our DNA to Ancestry.  Why not?

The results are in.  According to Ancestry, 99% of my ancestors are from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, (coming in third) and Lithuania.  Then there are the 1% from Finland and north west Russia.  I also found out that my ancestors came to this country in 1875.

My first impulse, after I had my ancestral beliefs turned upside-down, was to research the foods from those countries.  Obviously, they’d be favorites buried in my DNA.  However, they were not so buried.

High on the list were potato dishes, from pancakes to dumplings.

Also, a lot of meat stews, beet soups and salads, and pastries.  Yes!  Fish, which explains my love for sardines and herring, were prominent.  Mushrooms and onions figure into the mix along with sour cream.  These are already many of my favorite foods. shitake

Yes, recipes to follow.  Time to start exploring my heritage, aka, eating pastries.

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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