Every 4th of July weekend we have a family reunion for my dad's side of his family - specifically his mother's family. It has been going on since the 1940s.
I look forward to it every year as this is the only time all year I see some family members. Family comes from all over the country - and sometimes the world including 2 members from the Ukraine last year.
My Aunt Bev - my dad's oldest sister - typically makes all of the traditional food - pierogis, halupki, kielbasa, etc. But she is getting older and while she stubbornly has refused to let others make these dishes she relented this year and has allowed me to make the halupki. I told her I would as long as she made no comments about them not tasting like hers. I met with her and my cousin who hosts the reunion at her home to plan last month. My aunt asked if I was still planning on making the halupki and when I said of course she actually cheered a bit. It is a time consuming task so I think she is ready to pass it on to someone else.
I took Monday off from work and started making them in the morning. It ended up being a nearly full day event as I had some issues. for those who don't know what halupki are - it is a cabbage roll - ground beef and rice wrapped in a cabbage leaf and then baked in a tomato sauce. I had issues with the cabbage which warranted a trip to the store for more. But in the end I made 7 dozen - and they tasted pretty good if I do say so myself! Not the prettiest food in the world but worth a picture.
Let's hope my aunt approves!