That Support Your Life—
This year our son and his lovely bride of six months have generously invited us all to come feast on Thanksgiving in their first home together. How perfect. Especially when this annual family, friends and food-focused gathering is quite literally the ultimate housewarming. So after decades of hosting the holiday here, this time instead of whirling around in the inevitable days of planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning and decorating it takes to create such a celebration, my husband and I find ourselves getting to glide through the relative ease of only having to prepare our individual contributions. We recognize this moment as another family milestone in the making.
"Create and Evoke Memories", continued:
Years ago shortly after our son graduated from high school and way before I could just share my dropbox recipe folder with him, I put together a little book of basic guidelines and family favorite recipes to support his newly independent adventures in cooking and entertaining. Because he was also gearing up for an extended stay in Europe and had grown used to calling home with cooking questions, I wanted to provide him with an easily portable and time zone friendly ready reference for his life abroad. I included family photos of us cooking and eating together throughout his growing up years, and gave it the title, "1-800-MOM". That little book has since come home to live in a kitchen drawer, now that all the information in it can be instantly accessed on his phone or computer. But it continues to serve us all well.
We still talk recipes and menus, so this Thanksgiving is no exception in that regard. And I am hugely pleased to report that he's become not only a ready, willing, fearless, but also skillful and intuitive cook. So when I opened the drawer to find my grandmother's recipe for Steamed Persimmon Pudding with Soft Sauce and bumped into that little book, I couldn't resist taking it out as well. The holidays have a way of reminding us to visit our family archives. I flipped back the cover to read what I had years before spelled out as my main advice for learning how to become a truly good cook, and which I am happy to say I still think is what matters most. And always will.
Here it is...
Gather the freshest and best ingredients you can find and afford.
Give them your full attention and they'll let you know how best to treat them.
Season everything liberally with grace, love, generosity and joy.
In other words, take the time to make meals that evoke or create memories.
Then lift your glass to look around the table and give thanks.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all and
Bon Appetit! Kay