7/6/2016 02:14:07 pm
That's fascinating to me because my family - parents grown in the same time and country as yours, but in two very different, very faraway places - did things in a very similar way.
7/6/2016 05:10:28 pm
I'm really curious now. What were the customs of the other non American families?
7/7/2016 03:12:04 pm
Some huge differences were breakfast salads (and more generally, breakfast as a savory meal with no sweetness), no desserts (although coffee with cake was a standard mid-morning or afternoon meal), and soup - so much soup. Soup every day, an important part of lunch. In contrast, I do not recall my mother serving soup for lunch any weekday, ever.
7/7/2016 08:00:51 pm
That sounds so delicious! Soup of course is Queen of Heaven and Earth, and so good for the digestion. We eat dinner at lunch nowadays and just a snack at "dinner time" soup is often on the menu.
7/8/2016 12:22:48 am
Soup is awesome! And vegetables for breakfast (and a savory breakfast) are definitely a favorite.
7/19/2016 09:14:22 am
I enjoyed this thread of family meal traditions...both within the family and the experienced cultural differences. Because I grew up in Georgia (the state of), folks make assumptions that my dinner plate included okra, collards, and biscuits with red-eye gravy. Far from it, although my mother made the best fried chicken ever. The good china, silver & damask tablecloth & napkins were used twice a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. And those two days were the only days my family sat down together. Otherwise, we ate in shifts: the kids at 6 PM, Mama about 8 PM, and Papa an hour or so after that. There were five children...the only way our parents had private time. But they sat at the table with us, nursing their first cocktail. My father eyeballing our plates, urging us on for second helpings. (He was the main cook for our family.) Papa ate last because he drank 3 whiskys to my mother's two.
7/19/2016 10:19:37 am
Thanks Kathy, I felt like I was reading one of those wonderful pieces in Sun Magazine. We have a new food writing FB group " All Manner of Food" if you're interested. I don't think there is 'a' way to eat, but more what feeds us, when we do.
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