Monday, June 23, 2008
Food & Family
I come from a long line of good eaters. I also come from some damn good cooks too.
Many families need an occasion to get together to eat. In my family it's like "Happy Tuesday, let's go eat!" We will find any reason to get together and feast. My love of food and family is inseparable, I love my family and I want to cook for people that I love. My mother Lisa, My grandmother Carol and my Aunt Becky are all foodies, and three women that were instrumental in my love of food and my love of preparing food.
My mother has traveled the world and has always had an eclectic taste and a willing palate, even if her favorite thing in the world is milk and toast at midnight. She always made delicious meals at home and took me to different and interesting places when we went out. I give her complete credit for my adventurous eating habits.
My grandmother, two words; Sunday dinner.
This incredible woman made the most elaborate and wonderfully put together meals on Sunday for over 55 years. The food was perfect and very, very American circa 1950. These Sunday meals created some of the best memories I can remember. I learned how to cook for a lot of people from my grandmother. She taught me to always use only what was in season and how to stretch a Sunday meal to last all week long.
My Aunt Becky's food is simply delicious. For as long as I can remember whenever I was told that we were invited to dinner at my Aunt's I would begin to salivate. She knows exactly how to prepare food to make it taste it's best. Her dinners not only taste good but they are presented beautifully, looking just as good as they taste. Becky is not just a good cook, but a master baker. Her desserts and breads are to die for, may you all be fortunate enough to eat dinner at her house!