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Memories and Thoughts of Family... 
Nov. 3, 2013 3:57 pm 
Updated: Nov. 4, 2013 4:33 pm

I do not believe anything can compare to food when it comes to carrying on Family traditions and ethnic history.  Cooking touches us where we live and where we exist as families and as a people. It is often said that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but I truly believe that the way to a family’s heart is through the kitchen door.


Some of the fondest memories that I have from my childhood start and end in the kitchen.  My mother cooking Sunday dinner while my Father piddled and tinkered outside.  Mama calling us in to wash our hands and faces before we set down to a dinner of foods that today would seem unhealthy and make you worry about cholesterol or fat.


We didn’t think about them things back then, it was all about the flavor and following the recipe that grandma had given you so you could make it just like she did, or at least try to anyway.


The world has sped up, time has become shorter and we have begun more and more to sacrifice that sense of “family”, that little piece of tradition that has bound us together throughout generations.  Sad really, when you think about it.  The microwave and instant meals have played their part in the destruction of the core family, be it a family of two or twenty.

For some, it would seem kind of naive to believe that we could solve all of the world’s ills in the kitchen, but for those of us who can look back with a fondness and shaded image of being called to supper by our mother’s in the early evenings, by knowing that there was that special time of the day when you had to be home, faces and hands washed to sit down with your family and live a little in the past of the recipes and traditions past down from generations before you.

After school meant chores, and homework and all the family things to do if you raised a garden, or had any animals on your place.  Feeding chickens, weeding the garden, doing algebra, it didn’t matter.  Each of us had our part to play in running the household.  We were all involved, in the summer time it was shelling peas, canning green beans or digging potatoes.  Everything had its season that in some way made it to the table, and you had a sense of accomplishment, a presence of pride, knowing you helped bring the meal to the table in your own special way.


No, the art of cooking will not bring about world peace, but if we as a people can learn to slow down and enjoy those meals with the family, creating traditions and instilling in each individual a sense of pride and self-respect about who they are and where they came from maybe, just maybe, it can go a long way in restoring our souls.


Time, they say heals all wounds, but I can honestly say, when I am down and feeling like the world is closing in on me, nothing takes me back like food and cooking.  It reminds where I started and all those who stand with me who have gone before, a journey I look at with fondness as I sift and sort through Memories of an Ozark Kitchen…





Nov. 4, 2013 5:10 am
Oh so well said! I feel the same way.... who knows...maybe food can bring about world peace!!! Loved the blog and sharing it with my friends!!!!!
Nov. 4, 2013 1:14 pm
So, so true! Nothing brings a family (whether a family thru blood or friendship) together more so than food! My grandfather was a farmer and I helped in the fields a lot; or maybe I hindered, but either way he allowed me to be there with him. Then it was time spent in the kitchen with Grandma. My parents had a rule that we all sat down together to eat and to go over the day together. Friends were welcome, except on Sunday's. That day was family day and my mom always made a Sunday Supper. Yes, I believe families today should try harder to share their meals at the table with all technological distractions shut off. Very nice blog!
Nov. 4, 2013 4:33 pm
Thank you so much, I am kind of new at this writing business so the grammar might not be up to par, but I at least try to write like I am speaking to someone-Thanks
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I have been cooking since i was 12 years old, got my first job in a restaurant when I was 14. I was trained by a professional Cook, also my Mother and Grandmother who had deep roots in the country style as well as the Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking.
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All though I can cook almost anything, my favorite thing to cook is breads. I have making homemade breads, rolls and baked goods since I was 18 and I am now 50!
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Almost all of my Family Recipes center around Country Cooking, with a Dutch flare, or style. My family all comes from the deep country where you cooked what you raised.
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I once prepared and served a Banquet for President Bill Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas. Multiple Blue Ribbons at the Arkansas State Fair as well as the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair.
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Once cooked a Standing Rib Roast that was so tough you needed a Skill Saw to slice it and it was already on the table.
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