Now for the extended family
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On Friday a.m. we woke up to see our sister-in-law Jan. We haven’t seen her since our Downton dinner and were glad to catch up with her. Other relatives arrived on Friday afternoon and those we hadn’t seen for several years. This included Carolyn and her husband.
Carolyn, Dale’s older sister is just 2 years older than he is. She reminds us so much of their mother.
Carolyn makes pies, always has. She also carries on the family tradition of making Vernika (dumpling filled with a ricotta type cheese, gravy, sausage and zwiebach (a double dinner roll).
On Friday afternoon, Carolyn and Laurie started making pies, lots of pies: peach, pecan, custard, lemon meringue, and apple. All pies were using fresh ingredients, not canned fillings. Unfortunately, I can’t eat the gluten but the pies smelled really good!
Carolyn agreed to make a meal for Saturday night of these food items. She made the vernika early then sent them frozen for use at the reunion. On Sat afternoon, she showed several family members how to finish the vernika and make the zwiebach.
While Carolyn worked on remaining pies and the vernika and sausage several of us went on a hike. Dale and I’d wanted to show the sibs the road up to the ridge. We did make it to the top, just won’t admit to the top of which ridge. We worked up an appetite for all of the rich food to come.
Sunday morning had Nate and cousins making pancakes and waffles using the wheat that Nate grows. They also made eggs using the eggs from Elias’ chickens.
After breakfast family members started leaving and so we said our goodbyes for another few years. It isn’t clearly set who will take up the mantel for the next reunion, but this one was good.
For me, I couldn’t eat much because of the gluten issue. And because we have a gluten-free kitchen at home, and we try to stay with a vegetarian diet, these foods were a real treat for Dale.