Cooking for family is an art and skill that our family has passed from one generation to the next. It’ s more than meal preparation; it’s a tradition that is immensely important and further strengthens our family bonds.
Tonight I had the pleasure of a family cooking night. Josh manned the grill with the potatoes, ensuring that they became creamy tender inside, with nicely crisped skins. Bethany, Rebekah, Abigail and I completed the remainder of the meal and then we all brought it to the table. A family meal, created by the family.
Baked potato with toppings
Our baked potato bar consists of many toppings: steamed broccoli, veggie bacon chips, sour cream, cheese, among others. Tonight we added a side of baked beans for extra protein and nutrients.
The food was wonderful and very nutritious. But what made the meal most appealing was the way everyone chipped in to help. We chatted while we prepared. We joked a bit. Our dogs were often underfoot. But mostly, we enjoyed preparing our family dinner together.
When I was a child, I learned to cook from cooking with my own mother, an excellent cook who could create delicious meals even on an often tight budget. Mom was more than a cook, she was a teacher. From her, I learned to cook and bake a multitude of dishes, but just as important, I learned to teach my children the food preparation traditions!
Many of my best memories over the years have been in our kitchen, creating meals with my children. They quickly progressed from stirring dishes to measuring ingredients and then on to creating dishes and finally being quite capable of completing an entire meal from scratch. Some are more skilled than others, but none will ever starve!
I credit my mother, and grandmothers, and others before them, for the tradition of teaching our daughters and sons to cook. Without their example, I might never have experienced such a wonderful blessing as being able to teach my skills, learned from Mom and generations past, to our children.
And it is a true blessing that I believe I will forever enjoy, creating meals with my children. I love helping them learn new techniques, teaching them to put together nutritious meals that every family member will love.
I have had the great joy of teaching our children many skills and helping them attain knowledge in many subjects, but the joy in cooking with our home trained chefs is one of the best!
Find Joy with your family!