The daily dish on Kansas City's food and drink scene
Recipes tie generations together
08/09/2013 12:00 PM
08/09/2013 8:20 AM
” column in the Kansas City Star’s Wednesday FOOD section, I have the privilege of being invited into many kitchens throughout the area.
And what I’ve learned over the course of nearly seven years, is that food is a universal language unto itself. A family recipe has the timbre to travel through time and a certain lilt that makes you lean in for a better listen.
So many memories are surrounded by food and — whether we recognize it at the time, or not at all — sometimes a person’s identity can be marked by a single recipe.
This was the case of Wilma Frank, a great-grandmother who passed away at the dawn of a new millennium on January 1, 2000, but happened to be in spirit with us when her daughter (Wilmagene Noonan), granddaughter (Alicia Snead) and great-granddaughter (Elizabeth Starr), all gathered around Frank’s Coffee Cake and swapped stories.
I want to be like Wilma when I grow up — to be able to have my children’s, children’s children tuck in under my table and raise a toast to me when I’m gone. And, maybe, if I’m lucky, they will raid my recipe drawer and have a story or two to share.
Read about the delicious dynasty that started with a humble coffee cake inthis week’s Come Into My Kitchen
Mary G. Pepitone is a freelance writer who lives in Leawood. She also writes the nationally syndicated home column and the much beloved Star column weekly Come Into My Kitchen featuring home cooks and their recipes.
Join the Discussion
The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.