"From morning till night, sounds drift from the kitchen, most of them familiar and comforting...On days when warmth is the most important need of the human heart, the kitchen is the place you will find it..."
- E. B. White
My early memories of foods and feasting center around traveling to my grandmother's house for Sunday dinner. All of my dad's brothers and sisters and their families would gather together to prepare the Sunday meal. Cooking for so many people and having so many in her kitchen never rattled Grandma but I think the grandchildren playing chase must have...I remember being given the "important" job of sitting on the porch swing and watching the pies on the banister cool! I was supposed to tell her when they were just right. I took the responsibility very seriously and never realized it wasn't just a job of honor!
My mom is also a good cook. She can make a meal from anything but her pies, like Grandma's, are heavenly.
I don't remember being much of a cook when I first got married. It took me a few years cooking for it to become my own. Then, when we had our girls, I made their baby food (except for fruits). I really believe that is why the girls have never been fussy eaters. They acquired the taste for "real food" instead of the processed baby food. About that time, we also became part of a gourmet group which really challenged my cooking and enhanced my understanding of food and skill in the kitchen. It has been 33 years and we are still meeting!
One thing was for certain, even though I was a working mom, we always sat down at the dinner table to share a meal and talk about our day! It was an important time of day for our family...and over the years, it extended to the girls' friends who "just happened to be there at mealtime." All were welcome at our table.
I truly believe that there is always "thyme" to cook and sit down as a family for the evening meal. Cooking is a wonderful way to bring family and friends together to enjoy food and each other. With a good recipe and "a spoonful of thyme" wonderful things can happen!
"Happy and successful cooking doesn't rely only on know-how; it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate and needs enthusiasm and a deep love of food to bring it to life."
- Georges Blanc