ALL FOUR OF US grew up with a celebratory appreciation for family meals. We all
share a love of cooking as a way of spending
quality time together—and this is especially
true around the holidays. The whole family is
drawn to the kitchen by the wonderful aromas emanating from the stove, and the
butcher-block island serves as a hearth as
family members gather around to marvel at
the meal unfolding.
Holidays and food are so intertwined that
festive occasions are always celebrated with a
delicious meal and wonderful family get-togethers. Our holiday memories are marked
not only by gifts and travel, but, more significantly, by the meals we’ve shared.
A week or so before Thanksgiving,
Christmas or any of our other favorite holidays, emails fly back and forth among the
four of us, outlining the dishes we’ll be making. Comfort is found in the traditional dishes
we prepare each year. However, there is also
excitement and anticipation for recipes we are
eager to try out, so at each holiday meal we
introduce one or two new dishes.
A favorite element in our Thanksgiving
family dinner arrives at the moment when we
all seem to be sated and nearly finished with
our meal. One by one, all of the children and
adults recount the part of the year they are
most thankful for. Invariably, more then a few
cite the feast they have just enjoyed.
We have all prepared the meal together,
and together we all clean up, laughing and
talking. An inverse version of the cooperative
assembly line that helped create the meal now
forms in order to break it down. Load the
dishwasher, dry the pots and carefully refrigerate the leftover food for the next day’s lunch.
The joy and sense of community we have created will last much longer.
The Pollan Family Table is filled with
delectable recipes that the whole family will
love, ones that are sure to become family
favorites. Add one or two of these to your traditional holiday menu and they’ll help nurture the kind of fond memories we have of
togetherness at shared holiday meals.
—Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan
Family act cooks
up delicious meals
From left to right: Dana, Tracy, Lori and Corky Pollan.
THE POLLAN FAMILY TABLE BY CORKY, LORI, DANA, AND TRACY
POLLAN. ©2014 B Y OLD HARVES T WAY, LLC. WITH PERMISSION BY
SCRIBNER, A DIVISION OF SIMON & SCHUSTER, INC.
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