And then I thought about it- most "American" food is really from somewhere else. We have inherited the best food traditions from everyone who came to the US and brought their favorites with them from "home". And so-- Why not? I make a pretty good dumpling, if I do say so myself. I also made some cupcakes, because I think those are unique to the US and pretty and fun to eat.
It was a beautiful lunch, and builds the sense of community where most of us are far from home and friends and family.