Cabinet Stew of Another Kind

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a family member’s baby shower. It was a really pleasant event. Good food, nice weather and time to catch up with family and friends.  Of course everyone is excited about the upcoming baby.

But the gathering really got me thinking about families and how they really are a cabinet stew in themselves. Every family has the “spicy” person. There is always a lot of “sweeties.” Sometimes there is a few “bold” folks sprinkled in. Some are just plain colorful. Of course let’s not forgot the quiet, solid ones that tie the dish – oops I mean the family – together with their presence.

Family gatherings usually involve food and this event was no exception. Some food is purchased and some food is made; but no matter what the food, it always reflects the family “flavor profile.”

There was a beautiful antipasto platter full of bold flavors. Olives, artichoke hearts, smoked meats and cheese. A quiet presence of reliably delicious sandwiches: chicken, tuna and seafood salad. A new spin on old classics with turkey and roast beef wraps. Some spicy sausages with peppers and onions. A chicken, broccoli, ziti dish that was comforting even before you put a bite in you mouth. There is something about pasta and garlic that just does that. A gorgeous veggie and dip platter added just the right amount of colorful crunch!

The sweets are everyone’s favorite! Of course there was a wonderful cake and plenty of cookies.

There was also a trifle.

If you don’t know what a trifle is…well… it is delicious. Layers of custard or  pudding, whip cream, fruit and crunchy heath bar. Everybody has their own slightly different versions. Some have pieces of cake or brownie or cookie. Some have booze! Maybe it is just the unique bowl that they are served in, but I never met a trifle I didn’t like!


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