What draws me to food most is its ability to bring people together … whether it’s a simple meal or a full-blown celebration, breaking bread with family, friends and even strangers instantly puts everyone on the same playing field … and love, laughter, conversation, and emotions instantly fill the air. Food marks the most important celebrations and moments in our lives, and likewise, the most mundane. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, an afterschool treat or a an in-home movie night, food and memories are forever intertwined. Any time you seek a little food solace, you need look no further than the writings of M.F.K. Fisher. Like a soothing, warm embrace, it never fails to bring home what it’s all about.
“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it … and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied … and it is all one.”
— M.F.K. Fisher
To that end, Sweetnicks will be on holiday for a bit while I celebrate food, security and love with my own family. But fear not, I will return on February 2 with new recipes, photos and more. In the meantime, take a spin through the archives where tons of goodies and fond food memories await, and you can read some of my recent ramblings about guiltless Chicken Parmesan, an interview with Food Network star Aaron McCargo, Jr., Rachael Ray’s foray into the wedding biz, and the Obama/Lincoln link. Until then…