Family Foodie

Family Foodie

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!

Guacamole Dip

Guacamole Dip

Spaghetti and meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs

Cheesy scalloped potatoes

Cheesy scalloped potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could you be a “family foodie?” Are you able to “shed light on the family dinner table?”

 

 

 

 
 

About the Author

Barbara Baker is Franciscan Media’s Director of marketing, sales and internet. She and her husband work with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Family Life Office at their monthly pre-Cana weekends. Barbara spends too much time with her iPhone.
 
 
 
  • wbua

    Greetings:
    Yes,the dining spread is important.I have decided to be the outdoor cook and clean up the cooking area,and let the ladies get lots of small dishes out.I use to think being the ump and ballplayer as the highest calling,no anymore,if the dish is full,the tongue rolls out.
    bye