Sharing a meal together as a family is something I treasure and adore. Having all my kids under one roof this holiday made it even more apparent. We shared many meals, laughs and bottles of wine, as well as time together in the kitchen preparing all of the delicious morsels we were to partake. Now that my kids are grown and live in different parts of the country, sharing a meal together is not a common occurrence…until this year when I had a small epiphany. It was a cookbook epiphany. An inspired idea that belongs in part to my sweet husband!
Recently I stumbled upon a wonderful cookbook called One Pan, Two Plates by Carla Snyder. This cookbook has mouth-watering recipes that are geared for simple weeknight meals specifically designed for two. I thought that not only would this cookbook be great for me and my hubby, but also for my daughter Hannah as well as my new daughter-in-law Lauren. The epiphany part of this idea is that every month each of us would pick a recipe out of the book and then each of us would cook that recipe as well as the recipes the other two had chosen. We could chronicle our results on the blog with pictures and insights on each recipe as well as what our significant others thought of the meal. In some small way I thought that maybe by cooking the same meal, even if it’s three times a month could be a way to stay connected around the table.
I placed the order for the three books and they arrived just in time for Christmas.
On Christmas morning as we were sitting around the tree opening our gifts from one another, I gave each of my daughter’s the lovingly wrapped cookbooks and had them open at the same time. I shared the idea with them and they seemed game. And so it begins!
My girls, now back in their respective homes are poised and ready to cook. The recipes have been chosen, the aprons are on, the pan is heating.
Here is the line-up for January:
Hannah’s pick: Beef Stew in High Heels
Lauren’s pick: Thyme-Dusted Pork Medallions with Pear-Rutabaga Mash
Shannon’s pick: Winter Frittata with Escarole, Bacon, and Feta Cheese
Stayed tuned as we cook through many tasty recipes this year, and journal about them along the way. Oh, and just in case I forget, “Thank You Carla” for such a beautiful book and for recipes that will help to keep our family sharing meals around the table even though we are miles apart. -s