Great Recipes Dipped in Alcohol and Wrapped in a Wonderful Story!
It may seem like an odd combination, but it is my intent.
Have you noticed how food is like a glue? Everytime you get together with friends, you have food. Visiting with friends or family is richer when food is involved. Business meetings are more effective if food involved. When you eat and drink together, you hunker down, enjoy yourselves and really connect.
Many cultures and religions around the globe treat alcohol as a “sin” – and for obviously good reasons. Too much alcohol – like too much of anything – can be a serious problem. Yet, even when there are strong cultural forces urging people to follow the rules, there is always a rebel or two in the crowd – and they usually have a good story to tell.
The phrase “Cooking with sin” came from my maternal grandmother and her story is the first one I share “Grandma Started It” Chicken Cacciatore. http://cookingwithsin.com/2010/01/12/grandma-started-it/ Recently I was telling friends this story and it occured to me that there must be many, many other versions of this same story from many other people.
I hope to share recipes from my family and friends – and anyone else – who have an interesting story to go with the recipe. It may be a story of going against the grain, it may be a story from a great memory, it may be a story that has never been told yet. I would love to hear it and share it.
Let me add this. I am not a cook by any means. In fact, I have a great story about the day I bombed at boiling eggs. They literally exploded! I will let the guests be the experts. I love to eat, but I would rather let someone else prepare it. I admire anyone who enjoys cooking. I like to think of a good cook being similar to a good chemical scientist. Just the right combination of elements with the right temperature over the right amount of time and… voila!
My hope is that our stories connect us. May you bring each other and your stories and connect over the dinner table. We share a connectedness through eating, family & community. We have so much more that we share than what separates us from each other. That is what I love about the human race!
I hope you enjoy connecting with and learning from each other over the stories & recipes in this blog.
“But Ociffer, I have all soberday to Sunday-up on!”
~ One of the favourite silly sayings from a wonderful man known for his love of laughter and life, my dad Elmer Johnson (1930-2005)
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