Share Your Family Reunion Recipe
With the long holiday weekend now underway, I am immediately reminded of "Family Reunion," a song by R&B/soul songstress/poet Jill Scott. The lyrics paint a picture of the motley crew that is family, getting together year after year, with food as the thread that connects them:
We at the family reunion, tellin' jokes and playin' spades Uncle Dave is on the barbecue grill Grandma braggin 'bout the blanket she made For the new baby on her way Even though the daddy ain't really ready This child is coming...anyway, yeah
Niecie made her famous potato salad, somehow it turns out green Maybe it's all the scallions, could be the celery But oh, Uncle Jerome loves it (Hmm) Hey baby baby, here comes my favorite... my favorite cousin He says he's doing fine, takin' it one step a day but in my heart I know it ain't that way
It's funny, but it's true. In family gatherings, everybody plays a role in the meal, and more often than not, that role is yours for life. My dad would light the grill, my mom would whip up potato salad. My grandmother usually made the instant iced tea. And like Scott writes, there's always something quirky and memorable about a dish made by family, regardless of how it tastes:
Whoa whoa-o-whoa...What can you say...it's family
Here's where I step out of the ring, so that you can step in. Share that famous recipe that appears year after year at the annual family cookout or shindig of comparable theatrical proportions. Bring it on -- and we'll have the makings of our very own virtual family reunion!
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