When I was a young girl, my holiday favorites were traditional soul food dishes. My mother always made a big pot of chitlins (chitterlings) and collard greens cooked with salted pork. I can't imagine eating chitlins now. I have a friend whose mom calls it s**t in a pot. Of course, there was always a baked ham, turkey and homemade macaroni and cheese. Years later, I still make fresh greens on the holidays, cooked now with a smoked turkey leg instead of salted pork, or smoked hammocks. I enjoy making homemade perogies which although are time-consuming, the result is so worth it.
I love sitting around the table with my family and sharing the dishes that keep us connected to our past. Eating good food and reminiscing about those who are no longer with us, but also cherishing the ones we still have.
Thanks jp for this wonderful blog. You always remind us that no matter what walk of life we are on, we are more alike than we think.