Food can bring your family together and create roots when you make time to sit down and share homemade food with those you love.
Everyone has dishes from their childhood that bring back memories. For me, there are two – my Grandma Ruth’s apple crisp and her chocolate pie. Those were standard fare at our holiday table. Yea, I guess you could say they’re just recipes, but if you look deeper, those recipes connect me to the people I love most – my family. They bring back memories of laughter, joy and belonging.
Recreating that same sense of love and togetherness for my husband and three boys is a priority for me. I want them to have memories of sitting around the table, sharing food and life with the people that love them, who will always be on their team, and support them in achieving their goals and dreams. I want them to grow deep roots that will give them the courage and strength to create a life they love.
The first time I met my husband’s family, his grandma handed me her recipe for chess pie and told me that’s what he likes for dessert. I’ve had a good laugh over that moment many times, but this was my Joe’s grandma’s way of telling me how important homemade food is for family connectedness.
I decided to marry my Grandma’s chocolate pie with my husband’s favorite dessert. It’s my way of starting a new tradition born from our separate roots. I’ve failed at the chess pie thing before – it’s basically butter, eggs and sugar. Anyone who knows my food knows that it isn’t my typical dessert. But, HERSHEY’S Kitchens Sugar Free Chocolate Chips made this dessert work for me.
Why a tart and not a pie, you ask? Instead of a thick, rich layer of custard you get a thinner layer with a tart. My version is not quite as indulgent as the original, but it’s still decadent. In fact, Joe gave his stamp of approval and if my Grandma Ruth was still here I’m sure she would too.
What foods give your family roots? How are you making time to spend time around the table with the people you love most?