I mentioned last week how wonderful all the food was at my recent family reunion. Ooo-wee, do I have relatives that can cook! Let’s see, there was homegrown green beans, creamed corn, sweet potatoes, ham, squash casserole, chicken and dumplings, punch bowl cake, coconut cake, banana pudding, Milky Way black walnut pound cake, and the list goes on. I’ve had enough comfort food to keep me comforted for the next 6 months.
Food is a very important part of my family’s social fiber. Sis mentioned the other day that it would be nice to have a family gathering that wasn’t centered around and focused on food. I honestly don’t think that is possible. As soon as we mention the family getting together, I immediately start planning a menu and thinking about the delicious specialties that each person in my family literally brings to the table. And, Sis, right now I could go for some of your homemade salsa.
I think food is so closely tied to family and the memories of times together, that at some point it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to separate the two. I can still remember the Sunday afternoon dinners of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy or roast with carrots, potatoes and onions that we would have while growing up. And don’t forget about those delicious little brown and serve rolls; not homemade but memory worthy all the same.
So what are some of your favorite family/food associations? I’d like to hear how your family celebrates and what foods bring back favorite memories.