Have you ever noticed how food brings people together? We gather at Sunday dinners, potlucks and BBQs. Laughter flows as we break bread together. We offer food for comfort -a fresh baked cookie to a crying child, a casserole for someone who is sick or grieving and a pie to welcome a new neighbor.
As we look back on those times, we remember the smells and tastes and as our senses are engaged the rush of laughter and warmth comes flooding back too. Food is and always will be an important part of our traditions, a legacy which we can pass on to our children and their children. As we pass on the recipes we also pass on the traditions, the family stories, the history.
We are at a time in our history when connection, tradition and community have taken center stage. The economy has helped us to reevalute our priorities and many are choosing simple pleasures over costly outings. We are again gathering in backyards and dining rooms, sharing food, laughter and love. I hope that as things improve we will continue to engage in these simple pleasures and that we will pass then on to the next generation.