Not long ago, my brother called. He was going to be visiting our parents for Thanksgiving, and being a chef, would be doing the cooking. He was trying to remember our holiday menu. Even my mother had no clue what she made for dessert. It wasn't pumpkin pie, because she didn't like it, but no one remembered what she served instead. Or even if she did Thanksgiving at our house. Maybe it was at our grandmother's. So, although we always had holiday meals, they weren't based on a fixed-in-stone, don't-mess-with-the-menu tradition.
Because we recently moved closer to two of our children, and for the first time in years, could share a holiday celebration with them, I thought about how I created our "new" family traditions.
Until I married, our family was blended in heritage, not religion. Family gatherings were more about quantity of food rather than specific holiday menus. My paternal grandmother always had enough food for three times the number of people at the table. At Nana's, a meal would center around brisket and chicken, or chicken and chicken, because there was always a 'backup' chicken in the oven.
Read the rest of my article on creating holiday memories at Kitchen Daily on AOL News. And I wish you your own special traditions
And if you'd like a copy of my rugelach recipe, just ask!
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