THE CREATIVE TOOLBOX
BY DENISE OLSON
A Monthly - Weekend With Shades - Column
In my family most of our major events - birthdays, holidays, weddings, funerals and more - involve food. Treasured recipes are passed down from generation to generation and we consider ourselves blessed if we possess a dog-eared cookbook full of notes and clippings that has been passed down from mother to daughter. It's not unusual to hear a discussion of a previous family affair include mention of an interesting dish served at the event. One coconut cake is still fondly remembered almost 15 years later.
Often food and holiday traditions related to food are one of the few ways today's family members show active interest in their heritage.