by Xochitl Maiman – April 23, 2016
Traditions – ties that, if only for a moment, remind us that we are deeply connected to people and times before us.
Traditions, by definition – the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. Whether they are rooted in religious beliefs, native culture or just family fun, traditions are very often related to food and meals well spent with family and friends.
Here are some of my family’s favorite food related traditions….Christmas cookie baking, clam dip on Christmas Eve, triple chocolate pecan pie for my daughter’s birthday, chocolate eclair cake for my son’s birthday, chicken casserole for erev You Kippur, corn casserole for Easter, Friday night dinner with friends, my mom’s sherry laced pumpkin walnut bread for Thanksgiving, and my mother in-law’s Passover mandel bread and popovers.
This year, my mother in-law, now in her 90’s, has passed on the matzo popover recipe to me. I remember these popovers from when I first started dating my husband. She’d make them and fill them with tuna salad, and they were light and kind of nutty tasting – the perfect host for that “traditional” deli style tuna that I’ve never quite been able to replicate, for some reason.
So for the many of my friends out there whose moms or “bubbies” made matzo popovers, here’s the recipe. It’s basic, simple to make and the memory it invokes will bring a wistful smile to your face. Don’t forget the tuna! Cheers to traditions – what are some of your favorites?