During the holiday season many families look for ways to bring them closer together, from decorating the house or tree, to caroling or cooking up a holiday feast or treats.
Cooking with family can provide many opportunities for bonding and sharing , said Nelda Burson of Tucumcari who works at the Quay County Clerk’s office.
For Burson, holidays meant getting up and cooking with her mother and grandmother who both knew their recipes by heart.
“My mother and grandmother never used a cook book unless they were cooking something fancy,” Burson said.
While in the kitchen Burson said there was a lot more than cooking lessons. She said she learned a lot about life’s little lessons.
“They were some of the most wonderful times in my life,” Burson said. “I would not trade those memories and moments that I shared with my family for anything in the world.”
Brenda Bishop, Quay County Home Economist, spends time in the kitchen with her family baking Christmas cookies for friends and family.
“Last year Tim (husband), Wyatt (son) and Bethany (daughter), all helped to decorate gingerbread men,” Bishop said. “This year we are getting a late start but we’ll be making cookies (together).”
During the holidays Bishop said she enjoys the time her family spends together and their help with meals.
“You never want to be in the kitchen by yourself while everyone is out having fun in the living room,” Bishop said. “The kids each have a certain dish or item they like to help me prepare.”
Bishop’s husband helps out with the cooking and seasoning and carving of the turkey.
“That is more of his department in the kitchen,” Bishop said. “When the kids and I are baking he will come in and tease them about the way something is decorated.”
Bishop says her kitchen is small. Having all four members of the family in there at once can be a bit crazy, but she enjoys sharing the time and duties with them.
Sharing a kitchen is something that Glenda Blecher, Curry County Home Economist, is familiar with. Her three sons and granddaughter are no stranger to her kitchen.
Ryan, 22, and Aaron, 17, have often helped, while Tyler, 24, has recently been joining in Belcher said having her sons cooking with he in the kitchen has helped her become more patient when it comes to her 5-year-old granddaughter, Pyper.
“When it comes to Pyper I am more easy going with sprinkles and sugar all over the kitchen,” she said.
“It gives us an opportunity to get together, all of the family under one roof.”