Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Comfort Foods

I can understand why people (me included) are emotional eaters. So much in a family is linked to foods. Great moments together and memories of childhood days seem to always contain some element of it. When we return to my hometown for holidays or visits, my Mom always asks what she can make. My thoughts go to things that I ate growing up - pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy, city chicken, spaghetti with mushrooms, ground beef and Prego, and desserts like apple pie. Memories of my Dad and I watching a football game or western on TV included eating Doritos and bean dip. There were special moments with my Mom and Grandma, picking strawberries, making canned jams, and homemade pastries and cookies.
It is no wonder that a person feels good when eating (and remembering) these foods - they're linked to love and acceptance. Yesterday, I had a good day. The kids seemed to have a good day. My hubby had a good day. Plus, thanks to him, I had an especially clean kitchen. And do you know what happens when I have a clean kitchen? I want to bake :-) So, I did. I found a recipe for old-fashioned strawberry shortcake, made the recipe that was 8 servings and divided between the five of us! Words can't describe how delightful it was creating it and how delicious it was as we enjoyed it around the kitchen table while Dave read the first chapter in 'A Christmas Carol.' Making memories. The tradition continues - food, family and great moments together.


Sky Yaple said...

i love foods that are linked to memories... i'm sure we're going to have some delicious food when you guys are here! :-)

Dave said...

I would comment, but I'm too busy cleaning the kitchen!

Corey Godzwa said...

hey kel!!
when you coming stateside??

Gretchen said...

I enjoy that emotional/memory food too. Just today while out shopping with Elizabeth we ate a soft pretzel at Target - I always used to do that with my mom at the mall.

I forgot all about city chicken. I think that's an Erie thing. Or PA at least! Yum!