Carne de Porco Alentejana | Portuguese Pork and Clams |Happy Birthday #SundaySupper

Can you believe that it has been two years since our very first #SundaySupper? When I think back to that First Progressive Dinner with eight blogger friends, I get chills thinking about where we started and how far we have come in two short years. We had so much fun during our first #SundaySupper Progressive Dinner that we knew immediately that this was a tradition we wanted to continue. The response we received from our readers was one that reassured us that they too believed that the Sunday Supper Movement was welcome in their homes. Thank you Renee, Valerie, Eileen, Jeff, Sunithi, Donna and Erin for your support, encouragement and most of all for believing in me.

I have always known that eating Supper Around the Family Table is the best nourishment we can give our families. It is about so much more than just the food that is served.  It is something that the entire family looks forward to. It is about commitment to each other, positive communication and time together. In my heart I know that this is the most important thing I have done for my family.

What I did not realize until recently is how powerful food can be. I have met, connected and shared recipes with an amazing group of people who were brought together by our love for food, family, friendship and mutual respect for each other.

Sunday Supper Movement #sundaysupper

Bringing Back Sunday Supper around the family table in every home. It starts off as one day a week and soon becomes a way of life. 

Our Sunday Supper Family has grown in leaps in bounds these last two years. We continue to add leaves in our table and Sunday Supper continues to be a place where we meet every week, share our recipes, enjoy each others company and support each other. Our virtual family of contributors is made up of very special individuals that not only touch the lives of our readers but also each others lives. Because of their dedication, we are now reaching over 2 million weekly followers who understand that it is about so much more than the food.

Meeting many of you at this year’s Food and Wine Conference and throughout my travels this past year was the highlight of 2013. After virtually breaking bread week after week, it felt like I was meeting old friends. Our conversations flowed and of course revolved around the great food we were enjoying and Sunday Supper memories.

On this special Second Anniversary, I am excited to share with you some exciting news.  #SundaySupper now has a home to call its own. You will now find more features, recipes, trends and articles about our contributors, and more at our new Sunday Supper Movement website.  Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez is our Community Editor in Chief, Renee Dobbs is our Director of Events and Brand Relations and Nicole Cook is our Techie in Chief. Many of our Sunday Supper Contributors will be writing articles and featuring their recipes on this site. I couldn’t imagine working with a group of more talented individuals! They are as excited as I am about these changes and wait till you see what we have planned for you!

Food and Wine ConferenceIt is with great pleasure that I announce a very special partnership with a brand that we just adore. This brands mission and vision is very much in line with the mission of the Sunday Supper Movement — like us, they believe that time around the family table empowers families and encourages dreams. They understand that family is more than simply a group of relatives. It’s anyone you share a common bond with. And today, you don’t just have one family. You have many. Whether it’s your blood  family, your work family or the Sunday Supper Family, traditions and celebrations are a big part of all our families.

I met Gallo Family on twitter and we quickly realized we had so much in common. Chatting on twitter led to Gallo Family sponsoring our first Food and Wine Conference in July and a trip out to Modesto, California to meet their work family.  After spending time around their family table, touring their beautiful wineries and meeting with their work family, I am proud to announce that Gallo Family Vineyards is the Official Wine Sponsor of the Sunday Supper Movement.  Gallo Family Vineyards is as excited as we are, here is their announcement on their blog.

I couldn’t wait to share with you one of my favorite Portuguese Recipes. It was made extra special by using  Gallo Family Chardonnay in this dish! Carne de Porco Alentejana | Portuguese Pork and Clams is perfect for a celebration. You can whip up a big batch, make some easy Portuguese Rice, add a big crusty loaf of bread, add some wine an you’ve got a party!

Thank you all for being part of this celebration and for supporting the Sunday Supper Movement week after week– helping us bring back Sunday Supper around the family table in every home. It’s starts off as one day a week but soon becomes a way of life! You meal the world to us!

Carne de Porco Alentejana | Portuguese Pork and Clams #SundaySupper
  • 3 lbs pork loin, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic
  • ¾ cup dry white wine, I used Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 2 dozen clams
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Combine the pork, garlic, chardonnay, bay leaves, and paprika in a large bowl.
  2. Coat the pork well and marinate the pork for at least 2 hours, but up to 4 hours.
  3. Rinse and scrub the clams, and soak them in water for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse and keep them refrigerated.
  4. Remove the pork from the marinade and let it sit on some paper towels to remove moisture.
  5. Reserve the marinade.
  6. Heat a large, deep skillet or dutch oven on high.
  7. When the skillet is very hot, add the olive oil.
  8. Add the pork and pan-fry until it browns and develops a crust.
  9. Stir until all the pork is cooked and a little crusty. Approximately 5 to 6 minutes.
  10. Stir in the marinade and the clams and bring to a simmer.
  11. Cover and steam until the clams open. Approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
  12. When the clams open, stir in the parsley and serve over Portuguese Rice. Make sure you have some crusty bread for the amazing sauce!

Check out all the delicious recipes that everyone is bringing to the party! Thank you Liz, from That Skinny Chick Can Bake for hosting this special celebration and for being such a big part of our Sunday Supper Family. Your recipes are out of this world and when I grow up, I want to be able to bake just like you!

Brilliant Breads and Breakfast Fare:

Amazing Appetizers and Cocktails:

Spectacular Soups and Salads:

Enticing Entrees:

Decadent Desserts:

Sunday Supper Movement Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.


  1. says

    Oh Isabel, I have so much I could say about Sunday Supper and all the wonderful moments it has brought to my life. Above all is how grateful I am for our friendship and all our adventures since the start. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!! xoxo

  2. says

    Isabel, thank you so much for your support and encouragement, for the opportunities you have provided to us, and for becoming a friend. I am going to do everything in my power to make sure I join you guys at the conference this summer. And so much exciting news. I am honored to be part of the events with Gallo as we kick off this partnership!

  3. says

    It has been such an honor and so much fun to participate in the #SundaySupper Movement. This group is such an inspiration! Thank you, to you and the original 8 who started this tradition and mission going and all who jumped aboard as the years progressed. Onward and upward! The clams and chorizo also sound amazing by the way :)

  4. says

    I feel so blessed to have met you and reached out to you like I did. Not something I did on a regular occasion but with you, I just had to. Our friendship has grown and being able to watch your movement grow over the past two years has been an incredible experience.

    Thank you for always supporting me, always believing in me, and always being honest when I need or ask for it. You have changed me for the better, you have made realize what I can do and you have been an amazing friend.

    I am super excited about the Gallo partnership and just cannot wait to see what 2014 includes for all of us.
    Thank you for your vision, your movement and most of all, your friendship.
    P.S. Thee Portuguese Pork and Clams are to DIE for! Yum!!

  5. says

    The pork and clams look absolutely delicious, as usual. But, I just had to chime in with my many thanks for welcoming me into the #SundaySupper group and for all you do to make it so successful! You are such an inspiration and it was such a pleasure to meet you last year at the Food and Wine Conference.

  6. says

    Happy 2nd Birthday to your baby #SundaySupper Isabel! It’s has been my complete pleasure to cook along with this wonderful group for the past 6 or so months. I’ve met the most amazing, friendly and talented people through this group and I thank you very much for allowing me to be a part of it! I’m excited to see where and what you take on next. I’m off to visit the #SundaySupper website but not before I tell you that your pork and clams dish looks spectacular! Perfect party fare!

  7. says

    Happy birthday, Sunday Supper! I am so glad I was able to join this movement almost a year and a half ago. I never expected that attending a blogger dinner at a local restaurant would turn into the awesomeness of being a part of this group! I always enjoy contributing on the weeks I can; thank you for all you do!

  8. says

    Happy Birthday to you and #SundaySupper Isabel. I’m truly honored to be a part of such a wonderful mission. I’ve learnt so much through you and others in this group, please continue to teach, inspire and share! Thank you for all of the amazing opportunities you’ve given me and most of all for making me feel like a part of your family.

  9. says

    You are truly an inspiration! I am so glad to have met you! You have clearly affected so many lives across the globe and you handle it with such style and grace. Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with you and for all of *THIS*. I have met so many incredible people through Sunday Supper and my family thanks you for all the culinary experiments that happens in my kitchen! I hope to see you soon!

    I need to make your feijoada again…and now I need to add this recipe to my “to-make” list!

    Oh and happy 2nd anniversary and to many more!!!!

  10. says

    Even though I don’t participate very often (I’m hoping to change that in 2014 since I’m cooking more and eating out less), I love that I’m a part of Sunday Supper, and I love that anybody else can be a part of Sunday Supper too. It’s fantastic that Gallo Family wine has partnered with this community; what a great relationship to have! I’m hoping to attend the Food & Wine Conference this year, but I’m sure I’ll see you around before then. :)

  11. says

    Isabel! Wow! so many great announcements in one post! first off, love love love the website and wow!!! Gallo Family Vineyards is the Official Wine Sponsor of the Sunday Supper Movement?! that’s fabulous! I rec’d my first two bottles recently and tried their Moscato last night. . so delicious! Can’t wait to get cooking!

  12. says

    Thank you Isabel for believing in me and inviting me into your tribe and for allowing me to be a part of that first Sunday supper event! I would not be the food blogger I am now if it had not been for you :)! Still remember it ! How it’s grown!! Here ‘s to may many even more successful years of Sunday Supper! You are one savvy lady and I am so glad to know you! much love xoxoxox ! BTW, your recipe is fab too !!

  13. says

    First of all Isabell, thank you for having started Sundaysupper, it has been a great event and I enjoy participating. I am sorry that I haven’t always been able to participate but I hope I can change that soon and take part more regularly again. Anyway… Thanks for having me once again and Happy 2 years Sundaysupper!

    btw I have heard of this dish before. Sounds like something different and kind of reminds me of a goan dish here.

  14. says

    Thank you for all you do, Isabel! I cherish my #SundaySupper group and can’t wait to see all the exciting things that happen in 2014 and beyond. So happy I’ll be seeing you at Food and Wine Conference this year…there’s just no way I can miss it!

  15. says

    You said it, food IS powerful! I’m so happy to have met through this amazing movement, and even happier to work with you and call you a friend. I’m looking forward to the exciting things that the future brings for this amazing SS family. And Isabel – these clams look ridiculously amazing! 😉

  16. says

    You have achieved so much with SS Isabel, and I’ve no doubt it will continue to grow. You have a beyond amazing group of people supporting you, starting with your own family, and that talks about the kind of person you are! Happy 2 years!

  17. says

    Isabel,thank you for inspiring us!I’ve loved being a part of this talented group and enjoy our mission!I’m so excited to be participating in the Gallo Family Vineyards event in Feb and really happy that they are the official wine sponsors of SundaySupper!
    Your dish looks absolutely delicious with some lovely flavors going on!

  18. says

    Thanks, Isabel, for being a constant inspiration! You created a wonderful mission and ran with it. Just look at all the wonderful friendships that have come as a secondary benefit. Remarkable. Hoping to meet you and many of our SS friends this summer!

  19. says

    I always love your recipes, Isabel, because they remind me of our almost six years in Brazil and the pervasive Portuguese influence there, as well as a wonderful family holiday we enjoyed in the Algarve. Your pork and clams sound fabulous!

    Thank you so much for inviting me to participate in this lovely group that has so quickly become family over the last year!

  20. says

    Congratulations on your milestone 2nd birthday/anniversary of the group, AND even moreso on your partnership with Gallo Family Vineyards.

    Well done, all of it!

    I have loved being a part of Sunday Supper, and cooking along with everyone each week.
    Cheers to another great year!

  21. says

    Congratulations! Such exciting developments Isabel, and thank you as always for constantly providing inspiration and guidance. I am in love with all your Portuguese recipes, but this one sounds particularly superb. I’m actually going to be spending a few months in Portugal this year, and thanks to your posts, I can’t wait to try the food!

  22. says

    Isabel, my blog began to get its first bump in page views because of my participation in Sunday Supper. Your goal of bringing family back around the Sunday Supper table. When I visit my family in Alabama, the most fun and intimacy results at meal times, so I realize the importance of food mixed with family around the table. It begins with a blessing and continues to be a blessing for generations. Thank you for starting this movement.

    Oh, and I love when you share Portuguese recipes! I look forward to the the next Food and Wine Conference.


  23. says

    Isabel – congratulations!!! Thank you for being such an amazing inspiration and friend, there ar nt enough words…

    Oh, and your recipe today? Alena just said oh you have to make this for me now :)

  24. says


    It has been my pleasure to get to know you and the rest of the Sunday Supper family over the years. You’ve done a wonderful thing here for families all over the world. It’s an honor to celebrate this very special two year birthday with you and the rest of the group.
    Congratulations for your success!

  25. says

    Isabel it has been an absolute pleasure being involved in Sunday Supper over the past year and a half and getting to know you and all the other fabulous contributors. We’ve becomes like a family and I love meeting others from the group whenever I can. Sunday Supper has always been an important part of my own family and I love sharing it with people everywhere each week. Thank you for starting this group and this movement and I look forward to cookign along with you for many years to come!

  26. says

    Oh my Isabel! Every time I see a recipe like this, I have to wipe husband’s drool off of my shirt as he gawks over my shoulder! LOL I’m so glad you started this movement, and I am truly grateful for everyone on this wonderful team! Happy “Birthday”!

  27. says

    This is one of the best most welcoming communities I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. I thank you so much for opening up your virtual home and being such an inspiration to get back to some quality friends and family time.

  28. says

    What an honor it is to be amongst all who contribute to #SundaySupper. An amazing group of people. Thank you so much Isabel for all your hard work and dedication in making this group to what it is today. Happy Anniversary #SundaySupper!!!

  29. says

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Isabel! You truly are an inspiration…As is this lovely clam and pork dish which looks perfect fro Sunday Supper =)

    Fingers crossed we’ll see each other again in Florida.

  30. says

    Thank you for creating Sunday Supper and allowing me to be a part of it. I practice the Sunday Supper movement pretty much every night as I eat dinner with my family. It is so important to me.

  31. says

    Thank you so much Isabel for all the hard work you do on our behalf. It’s been such a pleasure being part of the Sunday Supper family and especially getting to meet you last summer! 2014 is gearing up to be a fantastic year! What a wonderful dish, clams and pork were just meant to be together.

  32. says

    You are an amazing inspiration having put together this amazing group! This group is my favorite thing about being a food blogger!! Thank you for putting so much time and effort into Sunday Supper! Can’t wait to meet you at the conference!

  33. says

    This is been such an incredible movement to be apart of and it has been so fun watching it grow. I won’t be able to come to the conference this year but I am determined one of these years I am taking my family on holiday to Florida so we can go. :)

  34. says

    I’m new to #SundaySupper and so much appreciate you finding a spot for me at the table. I’ve really enjoyed the one time I’ve been able to participate. What a great group of bloggers. Your celebratory meal of pork and clams sounds divine. And a great idea for Valentines Day. Thanks for sharing.

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