Fathers and Sons in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving

What Women Really Think
Nov. 24 2010 3:33 PM

Fathers and Sons in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving

In the article we ran on Tuesday about passing Thanksgiving traditions down from mother to daughter , we neglected all the fabulous fathers and sons out there cooking up a storm in their respective kitchens. When Hanna was on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning discussing the article , men called in to tell her about their traditions, too, and some great guys were kind enough to share their stories in the comments. One reader shared this lovely tale:

As the oldest child, I started cooking when my Mom went back to school in the 70's to finish her degree and re-enter the workforce. She would leave instructions that I would follow every day after school. I've enjoyed cooking ever since.

As I got older, Thanksgivings and Christmas became the time that i worked with her in the kitchen. She did most of the work, but she let me help. It something I always remember and treasure. Now that she's gone, I try to carry on with my daughters.

Tomorrow I'll do dinner for 23 at our home. And try to make her proud.

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And with that bit of sweetness, we wish you a happy turkey day!

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