presentation. . .
And that the food is
Secondary. . .
Well, maybe not for everyone.
Maybe. . .
Just for me.
I grew up in a home in
where every Sunday after church there
were dinners with friends and family gathered around our big round oak dining
room table. My mother loved to cook and
entertain. And she passed that love on
to me. (e.g., In Minnesota life is all about gathering and eating). And she
brought that tradition with her when our family relocated to Minnesota when I was 9 years old. In Washington
we had a nanny named Clara, who kept our home filled with the aromas of home
made breads, cakes and cookies. We had a
large country kitchen with a red chrome legged kitchen table where my four
brothers and I drank glasses of cold milk and ate warm cookies straight from
the oven. Clara would arrive on Sunday
evening and stay until Friday night when she headed home to spend time with her
family. My mother was a professional
nurse and her career and love for nursing filled her weekdays, but on the
weekends her time was totally devoted to her kids and we knew we could always
find her in the kitchen with her second love, cooking and baking. I grew up with a strong sense of stability
and security and I know that a lot of that came from the atmosphere that
constantly filled our home. I brought
that same desire to my home when I became a homemaker, wife and mom. I wanted my doors to always be open and my
home to be a place where people loved to gather. Minnesota
For me, entertaining begins with
setting the mood. . .
creating a beautiful table. . .
soft music playing in the background. . .
creating a welcoming atmosphere that says. . .
come on in and make yourself at home.
And the rest of the evening just seems to take care of itself.
P.S. When my middle brother graduated from high school his first trip was to
to visit Clara who at that time had to have been in her late 80’s or even in
her 90’s. He had a special attachment to
her as she was there at his birth and spent many years snuggling and
cuddling with him. She passed away
shortly after his visit. Minnesota