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With the holidays quickly approaching I have been looking forward to spending quality time with family. Most of us have celebrations that center around special meals and I have been thinking about the opportunities this presents to share with Morgan in a few ways.
First off, since she is almost 13, I definitely think she should learn how to cook. So far she has only made brownies and pasta by herself. I want to help her prepare more complex dishes. My mom did not have the patience to teach me to cook so I had to learn on my own once I had my own apartment. I want Morgan to be better prepared. I have a good collection of cookbooks and the holidays will allow us time to flip through them and try a few new things.
Secondly, all the emphasis on meals also presents the chance to discuss health and nutrition. So far I think I have done a fair job in talking to Morgan about nutrition but the context is usually, “Eat what’s on your plate because it’s good for you.” Having her in the kitchen preparing meals provides a different perspective. She can learn how differences in ingredients can change their impact on our bodies. And I hope that lesson will be with her for her entire life.
Lastly, I am excited to have the chance to reflect on our family’s history and cultural traditions through the lens of what’s on the table. In our family, MaDear, Big Mama, Nana and a few grandmas were the architects behind some amazing memories and traditions. (In my family, we didn’t have any male cooks. Maybe yours is different!).
Hope your celebrations are amazing. Bon appétit!
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