Chroniclesl s NOVEMBER 2018 COUNCIL
T hanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I’m blessed to come from a long line of Southern cooks, so we’ve had delicious food on our family table long before I was born. But more than that, our Thanksgiving menu has connected generations and preserved the cultural heritage of our family. MEMORY, AND INTUITION. DESPITE NEVER MEASURING, HER DISHES ALWAYS CAME OUT TASTING SPECTACULAR.” When I was a kid, my role in Thanksgiving prep was simply to watch and learn. My grandma was what you would call a “dump cook.” She never measured MY GRANDMA WAS WHAT YOU WOULD CALL A ‘DUMP COOK.’ SHE NEVER MEASURED INGREDIENTS, MERELY RELYING ON FEEL,
Tradition, Culture, Heritage, and Gratitude
WHAT THANKSGIVING MEANS TO ME
guests. Secretly, I would be happy if extra guests didn’t show up because that meant we would have additional leftovers to take home. As I’ve taken on a greater role in the kitchen, many of Grandma’s recipes are now part of my Thanksgiving menu. You can always expect her macaroni and cheese to be served along with the cornbread dressing I loved so much as a young girl. It would take a long time to list all the Southern country classics that are part of our Thanksgiving but, suffice
That’s why one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is teaching my daughter, Elaina, to cook our family favorites. Much of the food we serve harkens back to an earlier era. Is it the healthiest in the world? No, but we don’t eat it every day. I would hate to have these recipes lost to the sands of time, so passing them on to Elaina is incredibly meaningful. Cuisine, after all, is an essential part of culture, heritage, and connection. When we sit down to eat, we’re nodding back to generations past. Of course, Thanksgiving is also an opportunity to express gratitude and share love. This year, I’m thankful for my family, who never fails to make me smile. I’m also grateful to have the opportunity to help people while living the life of my dreams every single day. I owe that ability to you, our wonderful clients and friends of the firm. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
it to say, it’s a lot. Nobody in my family has ever been accused of undereating on any given holiday. I must admit that I’ve added a few personal touches to Grandma’s recipes over the years. Come to think of it, the way dishes
ingredients, merely relying on feel, memory, and intuition. Despite never measuring, her dishes always came out tasting spectacular. I guess that’s the power of experience and natural ability in the kitchen.
Another thing about Grandma’s cooking style was that she did not know how to prepare dishes that only served a few people. Basically, anytime she prepared a meal, it was like she was cooking for an army. I guess she always wanted to make sure we had enough food in the event that we had unexpected dinner
change over the years is what makes family recipes so special. Unlike the ingredients and directions you’ll find in books or online, they’re living, breathing traditions. Each generation puts their new spin on dishes while still holding true to the spirit of their ancestors.
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your meal — and don’t mess with Grandma’s classics!
–Lashonda Council- Rogers, Esq.
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