About My Food Legacy

Since I was a child, food has played an important role in my life.  I remember baking bread to earn beads in Campfire Girls, along with hobo dinners and pancake flipping contests by the campfire at summer camp. 

When I was 12 or 13, I began cooking the evening meal in our home.  Mom was working, Dad was complaining about how late dinner was, and I was bored, so I volunteered.  I began by trying to replicate the meals I learned following my mother around the kitchen.  I soon found myself consuming cookbooks much like someone would consume mystery or romance novels.  I wanted to know about everything — different cultures, different flavors, different techniques.  I found myself reading a recipe and imagining how it tasted and what I would do to make it “my own”.

Now I have a family and have begun creating my own food legacy to leave for my children and hopefully my grandchildren.  It’s not so much about the food as it is the people you share it with and the memories it invokes.  This is the journey I have embarked upon.  Will you join me?

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§ 2 Responses to About My Food Legacy

  • sljc98 says:

    Well, your beginning prompted me to do a quick review of my own food memories. Specifically, your comment “it’s not so much about the food as it is the people you share it with and the memories it invokes.” My Mom, pork chops and umm, terrible, terrible tuna pizza! My mom did many things with much expertise but cooking was not one of her claims to fame in our family. My Dad, salad and dressing made with V8 juice. My great aunt, yummy peach cobbler and always a pot of beans on the stove. My diabetic great grandmother with her large glass of sweet tea in the frig that her many grandchildren constantly sipped on and she hardly ever took her own sip. So yes, it is about the journey and the memory and the people that are involved that stimulate our palates! Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

    • Tuna pizza? You have to give her credit for trying. I would be interested in knowing how your dad made salad dressing with V8.

      I am glad to know I struck a nerve. That is exactly what I am wanting to provoke. As time goes on, I will most likely share some of the recipes I have in development for the book as well.

      Thank you for your input!

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