Pommernland – Recipes from the Heimat
Just when one thinks the Pomeranian culture might disappear from America’s landscape with the next generation, a young person’s passion reignites the love of our shared heritage. I received an email late last year from Heidi Williams, a Wisconsin-born Pomeranian with enthusiasm for the cuisine of the Old Country. She set out to put together a Pomeranian Cookbook.
Fast forward to June 2020. The young Williams was the recipient of the Girls Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast’s Gold Award for bringing “attention to the indigenous Pomeranian culture which is in jeopardy of extinction in the United States as well as around the world.”
According to Williams , Pommernland “Recipes from the Heimat” is a page for German and American descendants of Pomerania, or anyone who has an interest in preserving and sharing our rich cultural heritage through delicious recipes, along with historical information about our ancestral homeland. She posts old recipes from the Heimat as they become available and is actively seeking others to help contribute their recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Her page features recipes from Pomeranian style smoked pork shoulder in sauerkraut to white meatballs, potato dumplings, cucumber salad, and other typical dishes and desserts. Some of these are potato salad, Osterkranz, Reisbrei, Salzkuchen, red cabbage with apples, Klotternusse Plätzchen, and Rote Grütze. Heidi is posting new recipes and dishes frequently, and they are very easy to follow along with. If you haven’t already, like her Facebook page to follow the latest tips for Pomeranian cooking.