Sandra Bullock's Family Food Tradition Is Slightly Illegal But Sweet


german sausageFor most of us, family holiday tradition might mean baking Grandma's gingerbread and gathering around Dad's "famous" roast ham. But for Sandra Bullock, Christmas dinner isn't complete without breaking the law. This week Sandra revealed to Jay Leno the covert, forbidden activity that brings her family together for the holidays: Illegally importing sausage from Germany.

But it's all for a good reason! The sausages are in memory of Sandra's late mother, Helga, a German opera singer. "Since my mother passed, we break the law, because we have to manage to smuggle German sausages into the country, and apparently bringing meats across the waters is against the law." Aww, the family that smuggles sausage together stays together, right?

When Christmastime rolls around, Sandra and her family start making emergency calls to friends and families overseas, asking them to send the sausages to the US ... somehow. Sandra won't divulge her sausage-smuggling secrets. All she'll say is that "we just have to break the law a little bit, but eventually someone's package gets through."

But does it really have to be imported German sausage? I mean, come on, you can get just about anything here. Surely someone in the US is making sausages exactly the same way they make 'em in Germany! But no. Sandra says, "They have to be the right ones."

Maybe the "right" smuggled sausage is less about the sausage and more about remembering Sandra's mom. There's something about that particular flavor that brings her alive for the family. And going through all that trouble is a ritual that honors and cherishes her memory. In a nutty kind of way. Aren't there certain foods that conjure up memories of family members for all of us? I think of my departed grandma's menudo. Or my (still alive, thank you!) mom's burritos smothered in green chili. I love the idea of remembering family members with food.

What are your family food traditions?


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TC00 TC00

My dad makes this dish he calls dressing but it's basically mashed potatoes with onion and sage sausage and bell seasoning....something you can't buy down here in the south. It's got to be imported from new England.

No one down south has ever heard of mu daddy's Yankee dressing but man is it good.

Krist... KristinRox

The only food tradition my family has is Christmas pudding. I dont know why its called pudding, because its nothing like pudding. My grandmother brought the recipe with her from England when she came to Canada. She made it every year. So now my dad makes it in memory of her. Its delicious, and he loves it. 

nonmember avatar Debbie Downer

There's a reason importing meats has a lot of restrictions. She should stop doing it.

aj23 aj23

We don't really have any traditions. My family is just happy we can have a meal and not kill each other.

JHanc968 JHanc968

Special stuffing and green bean casserole

frysh... fryshannon34

We always eat deli sandwiches on Christmas eve

starl... starlight1968

TCOO, my mom makes something similar (we are from PA) and my dh here in Tx thinks it's weird lol

nonmember avatar Tony Harris

For years we order in Chinese food, but this year my wife and daughter switched to Tai, I stuck to my shrimp chow mein.

nonmember avatar tdr

Aha! I like Sandra Bullock and admire her for her honesty and being spontaneous. I understand how family traditions are so valued because we too have many of our won. But this article sends a wrong message -- that people with money and influence can break the law! With her money, she can make importing those German sausage legal by connecting with the manufacturer and packaging it according to U.S. standards and selling it here in the U.S. ?

nonmember avatar tc

"Writers" who misuse language bother me. Fyi -- something is either illegal or legal. It can't be slightly illegal. If you want to write, use the language appropriately. It won't get in the way of creativity but will give you another dimension of control and credibility. Just saying...

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