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I lost my mother in 1992, and my stepfather in 2012. In 2010 a house fire destroyed the home that my mom, my stepfather, my brother and I built with our own two hands from the ground up. All of our family photo albums, all of our family heirlooms, memorabilia from the days when my grandparents’ farm was the most sought after for fresh produce, dairy, and poultry delivered right to your door – over 100 years of family history – gone in less than 45 minutes.
I have kept diaries since I was 10 years old. They were my way of keeping my memories safe. They were also destroyed. So you would think that I had nothing left to remember my departed family members. I have something that no fire, no individual person, can ever take from me. Those are the memories that I have kept safe all of these years, somehow, in the back of my mind.
It should be no surprise that 85% of these memories revolve around the holidays or around family dinners. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, our lives were simpler then. We had a Walkman (if we were lucky) or a cassette player that could record our favorite songs from the radio. We still listened to vinyl records on a record player. We had a home telephone, but if you weren’t there to answer it, the person just had to call you back later. My mother bought an Atari when my brother and I were in high school, but we were not allowed to play it unless it was a special occasion (Mom had a Pacman addiction).
I have most of my mother’s favorite recipes. What I do not have in my possession, my daughter has in her home. It is the last bit of heritage of our family that we have to hold on to, and those recipes bring back wonderful memories of my mother teaching me to make an Impossible Pie and my turning to take it from the kitchen table to the oven behind me and forgetting that it was pure liquid. My Impossible Pie became an impossible mess that was splattered from one wall to the other in our tiny kitchen in our house trailer.
I have memories of coming home to the smell of cookies at Christmas. My mother would be making a batch of four to six different types while my nana was at the farmhouse next door making a batch of her special holiday cookies. My dad and brother and I ate cookies every day for almost three months and never grew tired of them.
So many more – holiday meals, making homemade doughnuts with my dad and sprinkling powdered sugar on them fresh out the deep fryer and having them just melt in your mouth. They are memories I will hold dear for the rest of my life.
I would like to think that I am giving my own children those same memories. Of times spent together in the kitchen, favorite meals, family gathered around the kitchen table, laughing and talking about our day with each other. I don’t get to do that as often now, as a mother, as I did when I was a child. Our lives are so busy, that it is almost impossible to have everyone at home to sit down for dinner together at the same time. So I try to make up for that by creating meals that everyone loves, that everyone will remember.
One of the foods that I create that brings (almost) all of my family to the table, is my mother’s Chicken Salad recipe. I have had to adapt it slightly to suit specific tastes within my own family, but it is a meal that we all love, with the exception of my youngest son. He abhors mayonnaise and you just cannot make a good chicken salad without the mayo!
I have been extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work with Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul this year. They have joined forces and partnered together to make it easier for you to get fresh, wholesome food outside of the traditional retail channels.
If your family is like mine, chicken anything is a comfort food and a reminder of home. I will be telling you more about Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul over the next few weeks. For now, I am sharing my mom’s chicken salad recipe with you for you to make some lasting memories with your own family.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 373mgSodium: 420mgCarbohydrates: 60gSugar: 20gProtein: 27g
I hope that your family enjoys my mother’s recipe as much as mine does! You can keep this large batch of chicken salad in the refrigerator for several days in a covered, tightly sealed container. It makes a delicious afternoon snack on Ritz crackers, on toast triangles, even on celery sticks!
Share with us some of your favorite chicken salad recipes or dishes that always remind you of home in the comments below!
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