Mimi Avocado Shares: Food, Family and Tradition by Lynn Kirsche Shapiro

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As soon as I saw this  book, I knew I wanted to read it.  Food, Family and Tradition  is a cookbook offering family recipes passed down through generations.  It is also a wonderful family memoir, with contributions by children and grandchildren,   telling the stories of their  beloved parents and grandparents.   This remarkable family has  survived the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust,  breaking the continuity of an Eastern European family tree,  but bringing forth the new branches of generations to come in the USA, Europe, and Israel.

 

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In writing her book, Lynn Kirsche Shapiro has collected the history of her cherished family,  told their stories,  explained their beliefs and customs,  and shared their family recipes.  Lynn is an accomplished woman in her early 60’s,  a grandmother, teacher, recipe developer,  business woman, traveler, and now an author.    Her parents were the founders of the largest all-kosher supermarket in the Midwest,  which has continued as a family business to the present day.  As survivors of the Holocaust,  the family carries the memories Continue reading

A Piece of Cake: Thirty Years of Marriage….Thirty Years of Cutco

We will celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary next month.  It’s hard to believe that our children  are just about the same age  that we were when we got married.    Now our children’s friends are having weddings…and sometimes we are lucky enough to be invited.   Those sweet children who played soccer,  were in our kids’ classes in school,  came to birthday parties and were part of the crazy and fun high school years are marrying their sweethearts now.   We consider an invitation to one of these weddings to be a supreme honor.

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November wedding of Amy and John Barlow in Valley Center, CA

 

There are lots of changes in thirty years.   Styles have changed.  Technology has rebuilt the world as we know it.   Social norms have changed too.  But when we are invited to a wedding,  it takes us back to our own special day.

One of the gifts we received for our wedding was a wonderful set of Cutco knives and cooking tools.  My brother had been a salesman for Cutco while he was in college.   He gave us his entire demonstration set as a  wedding gift.   It was a gift of love;  a gift that would last a lifetime and would be used on a daily basis.   We have used those classic brown knives for thirty years,  and bought the new pearl-white set several years ago.   We’ve added new knives and tools as they were introduced over the years and we enjoy keeping up with the newest innovations in  the Cutco catalog.

Our own children have started collecting Cutco knives.  Every year for Christmas, each one specifies the knife or tool they want next.  They usually ask for the trimmer first.   The cheese knife is popular, as is the ice cream scoop!  The petite chef is one of their favorites too.   This year it will be time to get a knife block for at least one them.

Last summer we all helped with the wedding of our daughter’s best friend, Anna.   We had a wonderful time providing music, helping with decorations and participating in the festivities with her family.   We call her our “daughter” and she calls me “Momma Holtz”.  Special times.  It wasn’t surprising when our daughter mentioned that Anna would love to have some Cutco knives, just like the rest of the family!

Cutco server for wedding

My brother had the best idea for a gift thirty years ago.  Those Cutco knives are in the heart of our family kitchen and are the heart of preparing our family meals.   They are a bridge to the next generation and will be in the heart of our children’s lives.  It only makes sense that Cutco knives would be the best wedding gift for the special young people who include us in their special day.

 

carrot cake and Cutco knife

 

 

Thanksgiving: Music, A Wedding, Family and Food

This year our Thanksgiving week  included the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service,  a wedding,  a birthday and a weekend at home with the entire family.   I want to share all of this with you and do some experimenting with my photographs.

How did you spend your Thanksgiving holiday this year?

 

photo of choir at annual Interfaith Service

This year’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service was held at a brand new church in Escondido. Food and funds for the Interfaith Family Services were collected to feed and shelter the homeless.    The choir included 110 singers from  7 area churches.

photos from Morgan and Charlie's wedding

Morganne Delain (Nolan’s mom) wed Charlie Sloan in a beautiful Thanksgiving Day ceremony, followed by a feast!

Our daughter Rachel and her boyfriend Nolan provided music as their gift.

Rache and Nolan singing for the wedding

We decided to have our family Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday.  Traditional turkey dinner with a Diestel turkey,  grown here in California.

family Thanksgiving photos

The  entire family plus guests gathered on Saturday afternoon.

 

card-playing

Our family loves to play card games when we all get together.  The army blanket on the kitchen table is a tradition!

Marianne's birthday cake

Our eldest daughter Marianne celebrated her birthday.   She was born the first year we were married and we brought her home from the hospital on our first Thanksgiving together.

The delicious carrot cake recipe came from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.   Here is her recipe for Carrot Ginger Layer Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.  I doubled the recipe to make this giant cake!  Rachel did the frosting and decorating.

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