Many in North America don't identify with any specific ethnic origin despite the fact that most of us have roots far across the sea, in countries whose daily diet is not necessarily like our own. People whose ancestors hail from the United Kingdom are among those who most often cheat themselves of their cultural heritage, especially if the family has been on this side of the Atlantic for many generations.
With Robbie Burns Day coming up at on January 25th those of Scottish ancestry have an opportunity to learn something of the foods traditional to that country, many of which are still cooked and consumed there today. Experiment with a family friendly Burns Night supper menu, or simply pick one Scottish food and give it a try.
Similarly, St. Patrick's Day presents itself as a chance for those of Irish descent to sample the cuisine of Ireland. Why content yourself with serving green versions of your every day North American dishes, when you could learn something of the foods your ancestors knew and loved? Whether it's a Dublin coddle or a batch of colcannon to serve beside a dish of sausage or corned beef, there are numerous recipes that will lend a touch of Old World charm to your table.