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A food and restaurant review through the eyes of a 13 year old and his family.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Importance of Family Tradition

The other day, my family was invited to a Celebration of Life honoring my friend's Mikayla and Colette's grandma who passed away last year.  Her birthday is today.  One of the things the family did was made their grandma's homemade ravioli's.  This was a family recipe that she had shared when she was alive and in her celebration, it carried on even after she passed away.   These ravioli's were filled with a family secret  and they were very delicious.  The sauce was like a bologne sauce, light with chunks of ground meat, tomatoes, mushrooms topped with cheese.  The cool thing about this, is that the whole family had been a part of making these pillows of deliciousness and it is their tradition.  When I went home, I thought about food traditions that I want to carry on in my life and this is what I came up with:  My dad's spaghetti sauce, my mom's homemade macaroni and cheese with bacon and truffle oil, my great grandma's devils food cake, our family friend Kimberly's homemade pasta and my friend Clark's homemade fish tacos.  These are recipes that I will learn and carry on the tradition.  I asked my mom and dad what family recipes they love and my dad went on and on about his grandma Verna's macaroni salad, his mom's Chinese spareribs, his grandma's applesauce cake and his mom's potato salad.  When he talked about these favorite foods, he smiled and it made him happy.

This summer, everyone reading my blog should learn to make a family food tradition so that it can be carried on and on forever.  It would be cool to hear about these so post them on here for everyone to read.


  1. Hey Logan... I love your grandmothers spareribs too, I never thought to ask her to teach me to make them, I will have to do that.

    Tonight I tried to make the risotto that your grandmother and my mother have made for many years. It was a disaster (mushy) I will try again and hopefully perfect it!

    Thank you for the suggestion, tradition is important...

  2. Hey Daralyn -

    So glad to hear that you love grandma's spareribs too. I haven't heard about the risotto recipe? Maybe you can send or share that. I love risotto. It is tricky to get just right. My favorite is made with crispy prosciutto and peas. Another favorite tradition that I did not mention is our close family friends - Uncle Bobby - makes ham hocks and beans on New Year's Day and they are the bomb! So good. Tradition is cool and I plan to carry on lots of them.

    Thanks for reading my blog.

    Have a great summer and thanks for hanging out with Grandma Lue.


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