I don't have a recipe today. I haven't been to any restaurants, good or bad. I don't even have a grain of culinary wisdom to share. On this, the week of Thanksgiving, I just want to talk to you about something near and dear to all of us: food memories.
With all that is dark and depressing in this world of ours, it seems profound to me that some of humanity's most endearing memories are of music and sex and fragrance and food. I can hear the right Weezer song and suddenly find myself reliving a teenage broken heart. I can smell hay and manure driving past a field and remember carefree summer days growing up on a ranch. Perhaps it is a gift humanity has been given, that memories such as these are more likely indelible than our pains; perhaps it is simply harder to forget the things that affect not only our lives but our very senses. From the traditional Thanksgiving meal to our own family customs, food memories are perhaps the strongest of all of these. Not only can a well made dinner strike the same emotional chord as a song, but food is also at the core of survival; it perfectly encapsulates both want and need. So rather than try to add to the lexicon of turkey and pumpkin pie recipes, I thought Catfish's Dishes would celebrate Thanksgiving by talking about a few of those seminal experiences. It wouldn't be sharing, though, if it's just me doing the telling. Whether you are one of my friends, a casual reader who has stumbled across my site, or even just here because you tell EVERY food blogger that they are great and should join your food blog aggregate site, leave me a food memory in the comments below. I can't wait to see what you have to say.
|Boy and his cracker crumbs are here as a pagebreak!|
|Pic taken from Wikipedia. I only wish I had an Indian Taco to photograph right now.|
Of course, not all food memories are good ones. While the main intent of this post is to focus on the magic of food in our lives, I don't think I can talk about food memories without giving a brief mention to the Shamburger.
|Gem State Academy: known for its commitment to Christ, not its food. Clearly.|