casserole. When she taught me how to make it, I did the same thing. However, I found it took a great amount of time in the kitchen to make both dishes and sometimes all I wanted was the casserole. So I just baked the chicken separately and didn’t make the soup. I told her about my “short cut” and asked her why she just didn’t make the casserole separately at times. She just said it was just the way she always did it. Even though I took my short cut, I still like to do things just
like she taught me. I know it was smarter to make both dishes at the same time to save on time in the long run. And most likely, it was the way she was taught by her mom, and the way her mom was taught by her mom and so on and so on.
wonderful traditions and recipes that were passed down from his mother. He sadly passed away 5 years ago and I
wish he was still here with us. I know that he always enjoyed the food that I prepared and the dinner parties that
I had for him.
dessert. At that moment, I got out my recipe cards and started writing down her secret family lasagna recipe. This turned into the beginning of many cooking class that my Aunt would teach to my cousin and I. We would watch, take notes, and learn all of her tricks and tips in the kitchen. We ordered aprons for our next class and she and my mom became the
“Master Chefs” and my cousin and I, “Chefs in Training”. Our aprons read “Chef in Training, Carrying on the Generations”. Every time we would visit, we would have a new cooking class. I learned so much from these classes and loved sharing laughs, memories and stories of our family. About 4 years ago, we expanded our cooking classes to include my two sister in laws, my dad’s sister in law, my Aunt Maria and her daughter, my son who was 15 months at the time and my nephew age 3 at the time. Everyone received a “Chef in Training” apron and a special book that my Aunt put together of all of our Italian family recipes and photos. We had a fun and memorable weekend learning new recipes, eating delicious food and having lots of laughs together in the kitchen.
would still approve. I am happy that my son loves to be in the kitchen with me. I want to share everything with him and
pass on the wonderful traditions, recipes and memories that I have.
I hope you all enjoy Carrying on the Generations in your family and hold family memories about cooking and food close to your heart.
Make It Healthy and Make It Fun!