As I was serving up a random assortment of leftovers today, it occurred to me that sometimes it’s the odd little idiosyncrasies of our loved ones that become our most
Such is the case with what I call “The Eclectic Leftovers Buffet.” This kooky little tradition started with my beloved Granny Wheeler who was well-known for serving up an odd-ball array of whatever little bits of leftover meals she had in her fridge. It didn’t matter how big or small of a portion – if it was a leftover, it came out of the fridge, was properly reheated and served buffet-style to visiting family and friends.
Of course, as a kid, my brother and I thought this ritual was absolutely crazy, but deep down inside, we really loved it! It became a hilarious topic of discussion as we drove to Granny’s house – what would be on the table this time? Leftover meatloaf and chicken noodle soup with a side of sauerkraut? Or maybe it would be leftover fried chicken with spaghetti and meatballs? Who knew? It was definitely a routine that kept us laughing and made Granny all the more dear to us!
As I’ve gotten older, I see the wisdom in this funny little custom of my Granny – Food doesn’t always have to be stunningly plated and perfectly paired to fill the belly and the soul! Leftovers can be a surprising source of memory-making and memory-sharing! I know that’s what it is for our family.
What about you? What are your fondest family-meal memories and traditions?