Food Is Love


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

It seems as though people have become disconnected from food. It’s either a need or an enemy, depending on how you feel about it. “What’s for dinner?” has become an anxiety inducing question for many folks. It doesn’t have to be a difficult subject.

Food is a universal language. We all have to eat to survive, but I’d rather eat to live.

Almost every holiday centers around food. I’ve known people to be planning their Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts half an hour after they’ve eaten the current one. Food is the thing we offer to people when they’re celebrating, hurting and every moment in between. It’s how we show love and care.

As a mother of four, one of the promises I made to myself was that my kids would know the very basics of cooking and know how to create at least one dish they would be proud to serve to their friends. All four of them have attained those skills. Lately, I have been receiving requests for recipes. My 28-year-old son asked for my Apple Crisp recipe and my 30-year-old daughter just asked for my Shepherd’s Pie recipe over the weekend. My 22-year-old son requested the one for Pot Roast. It occurred to me that passing down my recipes is an act of love.

My mom has sent me copies of recipes that belonged to her mom. My husband has recipes that belonged to his great-grandmother. The dishes we grew up with bring us back to a time that, hopefully, makes us feel secure and loved. The way we create food is a legacy and a source of connection and comfort.

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Been doing this for years whenever I find recipes that I like!!! .. .. I now have TWO binders that are almost full!! .. .. I use a Microsoft WORD blank document so that I can customize each recipe and then format each recipe with a BOLD Title, Photo, Description, Ingredient List, Directions, and any special notes. .. .. I also include an internet link to the original recipe at the very bottom so that I can always find the original recipe. .. .. I organize my recipe binders by category such as: SOUP, SALAD, SALAD DRESSING, HUMMUS, RICE, MEXICAN, CHINESE, AUTHENTIC POLISH FOODS, PIZZA, PASTA, ROASTING VEGETABLES, CONDIMENTS, SPICE BLENDS, CAKES, COOKIES, etc, etc. .. I use Avery Big Tab Insertable Extra Wide Dividers, 8 Multicolor Tabs to separate and label each category.

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