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Cat Cora’s Family Dinner

Inside “Sharing Stories” we’ll be providing anecdotes and recollections of life around the family dinner table. Here’s a taste of famed chef Cat Cora’s family dinner memories:

“I have really strong family memories around food growing up. Being from a boisterous Greek American (and Southern) family, everything we did revolved around being together and food. My parents believed that every supper, the TV went off and we sat at the table together and talked about our day. And even as we became teenagers on the move, Sunday supper was a must in our house.

I grew up in a family of great cooks who had their own specialties that I learned from. My mom made sure she taught all the kids to cook, and my dad made sure everyone could make a good marinade and knew how to grill something. I have memories of great parties at our house that always started with happy hour, which was cheese and crackers with olives, pepperoncini, and other trimmings, juice for the kids and wine for the adults.”

For more family dinner memories, from contributors such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Judge Judy, Mario Batali, Nora Ephron and more, check out the book “The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time.”

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