Making new recipes, and sharing old memories of Thanksgiving

Have you been to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s blog OKRA, yet?  Well, you should.  There are a few recipes listed that are really getting great reviews in my kitchen. Right now, I am busy gathering all of the family recipes for the holidays.  I have made up the grocery list from the recipe list and have taste tested a few new delicious recipes. I am thankful for local church cookbooks this year.  The older the cookbook the better.  I am lucky enough to have two very old church cookbooks.  One from Louisiana and one from my Aunt. Well, two from Louisiana!

One of my favorite memories was my great grandmothers formal dining table at Thanksgiving.  I was allowed to have a wine glass full of whatever fuzzy nose tickling soda I liked. Just thinking about it makes my nose tickle. I felt so grown up in having a wine glass just like everyone else. The table glittered with crystal, silver, the fine china and candles. Everyone helped polish the silver.  I was allowed to help set the table and place the wine glasses.  It was odd, I’m sure to my grandmother, that my goblet needed to be  refilled frequently before dinner began.  She usually caught on at about the third or fourth refill.  Some would think giving a wine glass to a child would  set the stage for a future member of AA, but no. Instead,  I withheld  soft drinks from my own children until they were eight.

Those days are long gone. No more formal dining.  No more crystal, candles or fine china.  The food we shared back then?  I cant even remember it, actually.  I suppose I’m instilling the memory of food, instead of formal place settings to my own offspring now. 

I am thankful for those memories at my great grandmas formal dining table with everyone laughing above the candles and the crystal twinkling magically like stars.

Now off to pluck that turkey….

About Louisiana Genealogy Admin

I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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