Graduation Time

This is the celebration cake my son received when he graduated from DePaul University in Chicago. Now, he is a PhD student at Brown University. We are proud of him. As, I am sure, you are proud of the graduate(s) in your family. Congratulations!!!

When you drive down a street at this time of year and see a lot of cars parked near one house, it’s quite possible it’s the site of a graduation party. These weeks of May and early June are “launching time,” and “moving on” time. Even students in Kindergarten don tiny caps and sometimes gowns to receive a diploma sending them on to first grade. Young men and women of all ages, move forward from the school and friends and classes that were so familiar to something new—more classes at a higher level, a new job, a new phase in life.

But first, a party. It might be a family dinner, a neighborhood picnic, a catered banquet, or a casual drop-in open house. It’s our time to pull out cookbooks or check out Facebook to find new recipes, or to bring out family favorites that everyone expects us to serve. Food is such an integral part of all family gatherings.

Often, food at graduation celebrations includes dishes that are the graduate’s favorites. It’s also likely that there will be several generations present, so we try to serve some foods for children. Add in guests who are vegetarian, or glucose intolerant or who only eat kosher or any of a score of possible special dietary needs and you the host or hostess are faced with a lot of decisions. None of this, of course, is a problem. It’s part of the joy of friend and family gatherings, of knowing each other well and knowing what everyone will like. Best of all, it’s a way to show this year’s crop of graduates how important they are to everyone and how important it is to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

As you plan your celebrations consider adding these new recipes to your party.  And, if you’d like a little help creating a menu or help with catering the party.  Contact me.  I can help.  

Spring Salad

Harvest Salad

Quinoa Wrap With Black Beans, Feta and Avocado

Shredded Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sliders

Walnut Oat Brownies

Chilled Mixed Fruit in White Wine

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