The inspiration for Food It Forward came to me from my grandmas. Whenever I am faced with feeding a crowd, my first thought is, “CATERING!” A few thoughts later, guilt usually settles as I think of all the events my grandmothers cooked for. What happened to my food-family-love connection? I have lost it somewhere between Costco and Starbucks.
My Grandfather (Frank) loved teasing my Grandma (Elsie) about her cooking. To be honest, so has the rest of the family! We love to say that Grandma specializes in Cajun food. Cajun being code for… just a little burnt. Grandmas always have their own special dishes or way of cooking, don’t they? My Grandma still brings her go-to potato or macaroni salad to most parties (and stops by the Honey Baked Ham store to pick up her other specialty.)
Grandfather had his own stove-top specialty, fried bologna in a tortilla. That, or perhaps, cow tongue or maybe menudo. I still love my grandfather, but his food holds NO special place in this girl’s heart!
I think keeping food tradition in families is just, so important. It creates a thread of family connection and memory that can’t be lost. With one grandma whipping up enchiladas and the other basting blintzes in butter, food planted a special place in my childhood heart. As an adult, it has planted itself everywhere else too (stay tuned for a Weight Watchers post!) I hope to someday be a grandma with her own special dishes to feed the souls of my family. I wish I could write more, but next month is my 34th birthday and I just pictured myself as a grandma. Oy vey! Or, Dios mio! It depends on which grandma you ask.