Monday, November 30, 2009

Food connections

I love Thanksgiving.  It a simple holiday really - it is all about giving thanks and being with family.  Most holidays have are really busy at church or have involve gift giving but Thanksgiving always seems simpler to me. 

Of course, there is also a wonderful food component to the holiday.  I don't know why but food traditions seem to have a big role in our family celebrations.  On my mother's side of the family one simple dip is powerful enough to bring the family together - Cucumber Dip.

This dip has been an appetizer at every family gathering for as long as I can remember.  We've tried low fat versions but we always return to the real version.  This Thanksgiving celebration found 13 of us surrounding the coffee table with chips digging into the precious cucumber dip. 

It is a simple dip but it represents more than its deliciousness.  It is a tradition, a symbol of the love of our family and a celebration of our togetherness. 

There are other foods that have a similar role in various celebrations - certain Christmas cookies, Granny's rolls, kneecaps (a bohemian donut), or on Mr. Goat's side of the family Green Garbage (a broccoli casserole).

The food is not about the food so much as the memories that the food evokes.  Cucumber dip is always associated with my extended family - the laughter, the sing-a-longs, the Sheepshead.  I know that there will be cucumber dip at every family party just like I know that no matter how we grow and change we remain family.

What are your family food traditions? 

Just in case you are interested here is the Cucumber Dip recipe.  Be warned - the stuff is addicting!

Cucumber Dip
1/2 pint sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/3 of a small onion, chopped
onion salt or salt to taste
ground pepper to taste

Mix ingredients, chill (overnight is best for the flavors to mellow and blend) and serve with chips (we like Ruffles!)


Kim said...

There are a lot of food things that evoke memories of family. Without a doubt, the strongest of those is the memories of my mother that I get when I see, eat or think about lefse. I'll actually be continuing her tradition of sorts and be making it this weekend.

Another thing for most of the kids in my generation is tuna sandwiches and macaroni and cheese, as this is always what my great-grandmother fed us for lunch when we got to visit her.

Your dip sounds yummy, I'll have to make that someday!

Spot On Your Pants said...

or, for me, it is going to different parts of the country and seeing how they do things a little differently. like, iowa, for example. to make the bread "last" longer my mother-in-law only makes open face sandwiches (and they only use hot dog buns). anyway, thanks for the recipe!

The Marketing Mama said...

I loved your story on this dip! It sounds interesting - I might try it some time if Avery ever outgrows her dairy allergy! :)

We have traditional foods in our family, too, like lasagna on Christmas Eve and fruit salad with marshmallows on Thxgiving and Christmas. :)