As I write this post, I am scurrying around preparing to leave for the Cookbook Conference in New York City. I have the honor of speaking at the conference and meeting with some of my friends that I have met through Sunday Supper. It is a challenge getting everything ready for the conference and making sure my four children have everything they need. Not to mention, I am not sure public speaking is my thing. I am much more comfortable behind the keyboard as Family Foodie. However, I am speaking on a topic that is my thing, How Online is Reinventing Food Content/Writing. Funny how it always takes me back to my roots in Portugal. For some reason my reflections continuously bring me back to my childhood in Portugal and the simplicity of Portuguese Recipes. It’s hard to beat good “Old Fashioned” cooking. One recipe, in particular, has been on my mind, Portuguese Chicken Casserole.
This is such a simple recipe that can be made ahead of time with wholesome ingredients and popped in the oven that evening for an easy Weekday Supper. In fact, I just finished this dish for my family. Food in the United States has changed so much from when I first immigrated from Portugal at the age of 6. I can still remember the first day that I walked into the school cafeteria. I was horrified at the mushy stuff in the pan (I still don’t know what is was….) and I was introduced to a boiled hot dog that was sitting in water until it was plopped on a bun. I literally gagged and thought… this is what they eat in America?
It was a far cry from my daily lunches made by my grandmother with potatoes and lettuce from the garden, eggs from our chickens, and meat from our farm raised animals. I am not a food snob by any means, but I am in love with the idea that food trends are once again returning to good, wholesome food. We are at such an exciting time in our industry where authors, bloggers, and brands are empowering families to spend time Around the Family Table and making a difference in all of our lives. And that is why I am so passionate about my mission to Bring Back Sunday Supper in every home. And I can’t wait to share my vision in New York City… maybe I am ready.
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