There are three holidays my family takes seriously, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. But not for the obvious reasons of gifts and spending time with family. It’s all about the food. Everyone gets to choose what they want me to cook. For New Years, the youngest always chooses lobster, shrimp scampi, crab legs and tacos.
The oldest chose homemade mashed potatoes and homemade macaroni and cheese.
The Husband asked for fried chicken legs and bread.
Of course, everyone ate a little of everything! I ended up cooking 4 lbs. of crab legs, one lobster tail (the grocery only had one left,) tacos, homemade mashed potatoes, homemade macaroni and cheese, fried chicken legs, biscuits made like Red Lobsters, shrimp scampi, and fried shrimp. Whew!
I’m fortunate that my family loves my cooking, because I love to cook! I remember every time I went to my grandmother’s house she’d feed me- even if I wasn’t hungry! Her cooking was the center of events. Man she could really cook! I’d visit her just for her cooking and company. I try to emulate that with my own family, and I hope when my boys are grown and gone, they come home just for my cooking and to see us, of course!
I truly believe food not only nurtures your body, but when shared with good company, it nurtures your soul. I certainly put my heart and soul into it when I cook! I always say small prayers as I cook, in hopes to bless those who eat the food. Cheers and blessings to you all!
Happy New Years!!