Even before they contacted me about this promotion, I was a big fan of Tuttorosso tomatoes. They’re a brand our local grocery stores carry, and I love that they come in larger 28-oz cans.
Before I get to the brand hype, I want to share a story with you. When I was growing up, we celebrated Christmas with my mom’s side of the family. (I became Jewish later in life, so bear with me on the Christmas story here). Every Christmas hinged around a three things: my Grampa’s birthday on Christmas Eve, celebrating Christmas with church and family, and food. I have more memories of the food than of anything else–but they are memories of food mixed with memories of family. Family that I will be so lucky to see in just a few weeks when we go home, and family that is no longer with us, and we will dearly miss when we gather together this year (and every year).
One food tradition that I remember the most strongly is my Gramma’s potato pancakes. “But they’re called latkes!” you may be shouting in your head. Oh, but they’re not. I’ll share the recipe with you as it gets closer to time to make them–but these are essentially potatoes, flour, and water, blended to make a batter, and then fried. Maybe not the healthiest dinner we’ve eaten as a family. But we would make them every Christmas afternoon, after we finished opening presents, and after we had already eaten more than our bellies could hold. When my Gramma, mom, and Aunt Mary were all in the kitchen making potato pancakes, they were having a ball. Cooking, chatting, being together–each with a wooden spoon in hand.
Tuttorosso is hosting a wooden spoon giveaway on their facebook page. Today is the last day to enter–but they’re giving away 3,000 wooden spoons. They’re also giving away a grand prize, which is a personalized wooden spoon and a six-piece Le Creuset cookware set. All you have to do to enter to win is fill out a short form on their facebook page.
Good luck with your entries!
If you have a story about cooking with your family, won’t you share it in the comments? I’d love to hear it.