Recreating and revisiting family recipes can offer a sense of history and delicious nostalgia, and a way to relive childhood memories. But for the moment, push all that sweet sentimentality to the side. Family recipes can also be all about getting it right. Sometimes, the way our family makes a dish is just better than anyone else's. In my family, my mom's cinnamon rolls reign supreme. There are simply no imitators, in the eyes of my brothers. Many have tried, many have failed. In my husband's family, Mama's lasagna is not to be trifled with. It comes out at every holiday, laden with many sorts of cheese and topped with perfectly-made homemade pesto. I have made it myself, but I suspect it doesn't have quite the same flair as Mama's.
What about you? Where does your family mark their territory of dominance, when it come to food? What do they do better than anyone else?