According to my chef daughter, Eliz-abeth, a playlist makes all the differ-ence as she motivates her kitchen to complete the day’s orders and rushes.
I’m just an average home cook, but music defi-nitely is a source of inspiration. When I’m not writ-ing, I’m a harpist.
From cookie platters to videos teaching me to braise to baking with my friends via Skype, the holi-days seem to have become “cooking season” for my family. After a summer of quarantine, I’ve learned that anything that can inspire a dance party in the kitch-en is worth nurturing. Here is my ultimate playlist.
“I am the Grinch” by Tyler, the Creator and Fletcher Jones.
Kicking off the list with lyrics about our favorite holiday character is a good place to start. No matter if you’re celebrating Christmas, Winter Solstice, or Hanukah, I guarantee “Twenty-five, twenty-five, twenty-five days” is your new earworm…to read more, click on the Winter Issue here.
The SEARCH: Winter 2020 issue is coming soon!
Are you ready to cook for the holidays?
Food is necessary for life. Eating well is a way to care for ourselves and others. Sure, we can slap together enough calo-ries to get us through the day, but isn’t it better to savor a well-constructed meal? Whether a late-night snack while standing over the sink or a multi-course meal, our foods tell something about our lives. Like most pleasures in life, it should be mod-erate, varied, and shared.
In this month’s issue, we take a deeper look into food be-cause eating involves more than flavor. There’s nothing quite like a beautiful cake or simple fried egg to make you feel like a success. Beyond our amazing recipes, we want you to feel at home in the kitchen. An organized and accessible kitchen re-moves frustration. Sometimes frustration is worth it, though. Children are eager learners. Teaching them can be slow and messy but is ultimately rewarding. How wonderful to help someone become more independent. From home-grown gar-dens to appliances to help you cook, there are many ways to celebrate the human conditions of hunger and satiety. Food is intention turned into reality.
Letter from the Editor,
Heather Roulo Editorial Director
The Haka is a tradition kept alive by New Zealanders (Kiwis) the world over. The Haka is many things, a performance, telling a story through words and movement. Some keep history and mythology alive. Some keep modern ideas alive. A Haka is a way to welcome new people.
If you were to visit Te Pui in New Zealand, you would be welcomed in with a Haka. When my husband and I got married, a group of local and Canadian Kiwi men performed a Haka to celebrate and welcome our guests. It’s also a way to pay the highest honor and tribute to someone who has died.
If you’re a fan of rugby, you’ve probably seen a Haka. The New Zealand All Blacks prepare for each game by facing their opponents and performing one. Each movement is tied to a word or phrase…
Family traditions are a call back to childhood, home, and safety. The right tradition can bring you together regularly.
What cake you have on your birthday, the song played at a wedding, or whether you vacation at the beach or mountains, all echo a family’s approach to the world. Sometimes, we embrace tradition. Other times, we buck it, but it is a touchpoint for identity.
Family traditions rarely arrive out of thin air. Many have been passed down for generations. That doesn’t mean they were consciously selected. Occasionally, you discover your children have continued with something you chose to do and, voilà, a family tradition is born.
Here are a few examples of family traditions reflected through books.
EVEN SMALL MOMENTS CAN MATTER Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Las Vegas–sometimes called Lost Wages–brings up many different images for people. Everyone knows that the main things Sin City is known for, gambling and drinking, but what to do if you don’t gamble?
To begin, they have some incredible live shows by a large variety of artists. While you can spend upwards of $100 per ticket for some of those headliners, there are a few places where you can see some great shows for what many consider chump change or even free. Contact the visitor’s centers as well as the casino or hotel customer relations desks to see what shows are on with free or low-cost tickets. Now be warned, free means you might have to buy a drink or two from the showroom bar, making soft drinks a bit costly if you do not drink alcohol….
I just love visiting farmers’ markets. I continually learn things that surprise me; for instance, how Brussels sprouts grow. I never suspected they grew on a two to three-foot stalk with axillary buds that become the sprout we eat. Of course, finding them like that, I had to buy some and experiment.
Certainly, I’d had Brussels sprouts before, served in any number of uninspiring ways. I suppose I’d thought they grew like tiny, little cabbages. Seeing them on the stalk, though, made them fun. Brian and I had our kids pick out the best stalk, and we took it home. From this excursion grew a family tradition.
I had my kids pull the sprouts from the stalk. The kids removed the outer leaves while I trimmed them, and we laughed about how they looked like baby cabbages.
When people hear the term Dumb Supper they laugh, but it’s been a part of my family fall tradition for many years. The term Dumb Supper doesn’t refer to a stupid meal, but rather an evening meal in which you honor those who have passed on.
In some cultures, it’s used to the call spirits of the dead to eat with you, but since my family has members of different faiths—those who believe in spirits and those who think it’s a load of malarkey—we use it as a way to remember those who have died in our family.
From Grandma’s smelts and baccala (dried and salted cod), to earlier Italian immigrants buying seafood at the bait shop, many Italian American millennials have heard horror stories of Feasts of the Seven Fishes.
This annual Christmas Eve tradition, born out of old Catholic rules regarding not eating meat on holy days, can seem like a chore for today’s busy holiday season. Who has the time to cook seven different types of fish in one night? Many on-the-go families don’t sit down for such multi-course dining on Christmas Eve. Also, between kids who may not like fish, seafood allergies, vegetarian specialties, and dietary restrictions, why prepare what your holly jolly guests may not even eat? With increasingly casual December celebrations and a packed holiday calendar, there’s little time or twenty-first century inclination to honor old world traditions like the Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Or is there?
Marrying a non-Italian meant if I wanted to introduce my family traditions into my own household, liberties on the Feast of the Seven Fishes had to be taken. How can Italian homemakers and Italian food lovers alike incorporate these holiday foods for contemporary, fast-paced, picky eaters? Here are a few new ways… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.
When events disrupt our routine, we’re left struggling to maintain our weight, stay healthy, and meet fitness goals. For example, during the Covid19 pandemic, gyms closed to keep people safe. While necessary, these changes left people searching for new ways to incorporate fitness into their daily lives.
First, consider what you want to accomplish. If it’s weight control, the most significant contributor is to control your diet, ensuring you consume the proper number of calories compared to what you burn. Try not to lose weight too quickly, which can be unhealthy. Sometimes all it takes is an accurate scale and small dietary changes to gradually gain or take-off weight.