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Holiday Memories 
Apr. 8, 2012 5:18 pm 
Updated: Apr. 13, 2012 4:44 am

Since we have just recently been moving my Mom to be closer to my sister and me, we have been going through some old photos and reminiscing about my dad and our family years ago.   

On Easter, my husband and I got together with my Mom, one of my sisters and her family and reminisced about my dad, who passed away many years ago.  He was a great man and a great cook.  People often told him he should open up his own barbecue restaurant.  He never opened that restaurant but he was the designated chef for many wonderful holiday meals for all of us kids; and that was a chore because there were 5 of us. These meals were always a treat and, for the most part, we got along during those dinners (I think because we all had our mouths full from eating such good food!) 

One of my favorite dishes that my Dad fixed for Thanksgiving was acorn squash baked with melted butter and brown sugar, very similar to this recipe:< .    It was awesome!  As a kid I did not like any vegetables but I loved to eat this dish. How could you not like it with butter and brown sugar, yum!  It was almost like dessert.  Because only my Dad fixed the acorn squash and only for the holidays I associate that dish with him and holiday dinners and many wonderful memories of him and our family get togethers.  

What holiday dishes spark happy memories for you?

Apr. 8, 2012 5:35 pm
What a great post!! Thanks for the glimpse into your childhood!
Apr. 8, 2012 5:38 pm
I did not grow up with vegetables and sugar together - my bro has a Type 1 diabetic since he was 4 years old - BUT butter and vegetables - well that is another story! If it weren't for butter I wouldn't have ever tasted corn or peas or broccoli or carrots or so many other vegetables. My favorite holiday treat was Yorkshire Pudding and yes - that involved butter and / or gravy. That is why it is still considered a 'treat'.
Apr. 8, 2012 5:41 pm
Thanks Witchywoman.
Apr. 8, 2012 5:42 pm
I see where you get your desire or interest to cook from! I don't think it is any particular dish that sparks memories for me, as much as baking. I guess cookies would be one, but on the holidays there was so much more of the extra stuff such as cheesecakes, the cookies or course, cakes, and even breads. TY for sharing your memories!
Apr. 8, 2012 5:43 pm
Baking Nana, I know what you mean. Butter and corn or butter and carrots, if it weren't for butter I probably would not have eaten any vegetables!
Apr. 8, 2012 5:45 pm
Thanks Baker Bee. Yes. Baking is a huge part of the holidays for many folks. It was not something my parents did as they both worked full time and didn't have the time to do that.
Apr. 8, 2012 6:24 pm
My grandmother's ambrosia salad! It was the one dish I always looked forward to at all of our family gatherings..that and her lime gelatin mold that was a close second. She simply had to bring one or the other or we'd never forgive her, lol! Sweet blog, Michele!
Apr. 8, 2012 6:26 pm
Hi Wyattdogster! There is always one dish that someone has to bring or the meal is not the same. We should share some of these family recipes.
Apr. 9, 2012 12:34 pm
Stuffed dates take me right back to my grandmother's Thanksgivings. I have no idea what she did that made dates stuffed with peanut butter so special, but to me her's have no equal.
Apr. 9, 2012 4:01 pm
Hi BigShotsMom! Thanks for stopping by. Isn't interesting the recipes that take us back. I never would have thought about combining peanut butter with dates but yet they create such a lasting memory.
Apr. 13, 2012 4:44 am
Thanks for the memories,O.C.! My dad was a great cook, too. He was great at grilling most any kind of meat. He was always experimenting with some sort of casserole or other, never used a recipe, never wrote anything down. Some things were better than others, though! He had to bear a lot of teasing sometimes, but he never let our comments stop him from trying! I really miss my dad, and I bet you do, too.
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I am a working woman married to a wonderful man for over 20 years and mom to a yellow labrador retriever named Rosie. I took up cooking later in life to try to help my family to eat healthier.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook foods with lots of flavor which sometimes means spicy but not necessarily. I also like to use marinades to add flavor. We like Asian, Cajun, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Southern dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up the kids generally did not participate in the cooking. My father did much of the cooking. Therefore, it was a lot of meat and potatoes. He made some excellent Texas style BBQ such as brisket and barbecue chicken.
My cooking triumphs
I consider it a triumph if I can make a recipe healthier and delicious so my husband does not realize it is healthy. Some triumphs include my "Kickin' Turkey Burgers, Asian Lettuce Wraps, and Braised Balsamic Chicken from this site.
My cooking tragedies
I have made several attempts to make desserts, such as cake, healthier and have not had as much luck with many of these. Whole cakes have gone in the trash after only one serving.
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