Julia Child just knew it ~ that food brings family together. This is certainly true for me. I spent a recent weekend in St. Louis for a ‘Sister’s Weekend’ celebrating all of us (4) along with a new kitchen and found treasure. That treasure was dinnerware from our grandmother uncovered during my sister’s kitchen remodel. My sister is an excellent cook, restaurant worthy is how I like to describe her.
We traveled from San Antonio, Omaha, San Diego and Seattle and shared our first meal on those vintage plates. As is said, it’s about meals that feed the soul as much as they feed the body. Great wine and conversation combined and our souls were fed, deliciously!
My sister’s first dinner for us features a platter she found in Italy and a delicious lemon chicken recipe.
Over the weekend as we spent many hours dining together, I learned that a wonderful meal isn’t just about well-prepared food. It’s also about the experience of family, stories and attention to detail. Like I said, my sister’s meal are ‘restaurant worthy’ and her first secret of a well-made meal: Use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Cook what’s in season, and prepare your food in a way that enhances its flavor. Of course, add a wonderful wine and start with a toast of bubbly.
With our meals, we could share life with each other, laugh until our sides hurt, tell our stories, and knit ourselves together in one special weekend in St. Louis. For me, that was one of the best takeaways from our long, leisurely meals together in St. Louis, savoring the people I love.
Thanks Julia Child for the inspirational quote.