THE LINK BETWEEN FOOD AND MEMORIES is undeniable. It's strong. It's pervasive. Take a mouthful of mashed potatoes and gravy and you might be transported back to your Sunday dinner table when you were a kid. Every time I re-create a recipe that my mom or my grandmas made, I'm strengthening that connection.
It was on this premise that I based my other blog, My Grandmas' Recipes. At first, it was just going to be a cookbook, but then I decided to put the recipes on-line. Lately, though, it's been as much about the memories as it has been an instructional guide for making things I remember from my childhood.
In response to my recent update of my post about my Grandma Sara's butter brickle, my mom emailed me to say how much she enjoyed re-reading it and remembering both her mother-in-law and the delicious things she made. I replied that there's just something about food that evokes strong memories.
Mom replied, in part:
"Last summer I made (for different meals) fried tomatoes, and then warm cabbage slaw. I really thought of Grandma Losch [her own mother] then. Hmm, will/does anything food-wise make you think of me?"
Well, yes, Mom - of course I have food memories I tie to you! And rather than send you an off-line email, I thought it would be more fun to collect some of my memories over on My Grandmas' Recipes.
Readers, hop over there to read some of the ones that were at the front of my mind... and leave your own food-related memories there, too. I know you all have 'em...