Happy Welcoming Week! It is often said that food is a great connector! The presence of food sets the table for conversation and curiosity — two essential ingredients for building community among people who have different backgrounds and identities. Under the right conditions, food can be a positive entry point for activities and initiatives that unite a community and decrease prejudice between different groups.
One great way to celebrate Welcoming Week is by trying a dish or recipe from a culture that’s different from your own.
Our neighbors across Nebraska have some recipes that they thought you’d enjoy!
Roasted Chicken (recipe in English)
Serving for 6 people
- 4 guajillo/ancho chilis
- 20 almonds
- 15 walnuts
- Juice of 3 oranges
- A pinch of oregano
- 20 bay leaves
- 6 pieces of chicken
The YMCA of Greater Omaha staff created two tasty cooking tutorials in honor of Welcoming Week: Making Eggplant Fetah with Hadeel and for dessert, try Making Italian ‘S’ Cookies with Michael. The Y team is also creating a digital Community Cookbook with recipes from the diverse cultures in the Omaha metro area! Submit your recipe here!
A traditional Latvian recipe from Nebraska is included on page 6 of A Taste of Belonging Cookbook, Welcoming America’s collection of delicious recipes from diverse cultures around the country!