I love making food for my family. Whether preparing a stew, roasting a chicken, flipping pancakes or frying an egg, I find time in my kitchen a reward and not a chore. My husband and my son come quickly whenever breakfast, lunch or dinner are served! I would describe myself as a “family foodie” since I make meals to satisfy my family’s hunger and enjoy our time together.
A new book from Franciscan Media by Susan Muto, Table of Plenty: Good Food for Body and Spirit, is further encouragement for me to savor my love for food, cooking and family. Susan finds inspiration from her “slow cooking” Italian mother who challenged her to honor the family table and learn to take time to feed others. Food is a gift to cherish and share with others. Plus, Susan’s Italian family’s recipes included in the book have been bookmarked by me for future family meals!
My niece gave birth to her sixth child this past December. Her needs and my “family foodie” pleasure became a catalyst for me to offer “food as a gift” meals on a regular basis. Whenever I made a stew or a chicken, I would double the recipe and bring it to her home. Sometimes I would stay to enjoy the new baby, other times it was a quick exchange of hot food, plates and foil. My niece and I have a new connection because of these simple gifts of food.
Below are pictures of some of my family’s favorite #familyfoodie meals. I enjoyed posting these at Instagram this past year. Leave a comment in this blog post if you want any of these recipes!
Could you be a “family foodie?” Are you able to “shed light on the family dinner table?”