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Remembering My Mother Through the Lens of Food

Mother Margaret Opie (1934-2014) passed on June 24, 2014 after a battle with lung cancer. I have so many joyful food related memories. I will share some them in the coming days. In the 1970s my mother would organize barbecues at our home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. Thirty or more people who came and went from noon until flyer fly dark. We ate and listened to the music of Maria Makeba and Hugh Masekela among others. Mom belonged to an organization called Friends of Africa that exposed me at an early age to the Anti-apartheid movement and Nelson Mandela. South Africans living in exile and or Africans attending  U. S. colleges and universities came along with U.S. family and friends.  These multi-ethnic barbecues are among my most cherished food memories of my youth. 

Fred’s Macaroni Salad Recipe:

2 cans tuna fish

1 box elbow macaroni

½ to 1 cup each of diced celery, green and red peppers, carrots, and onions.

½ to 1 cup sweet pickle relish.

1 cup mayonnaise (I use soy or canola based mayonnaise)

2 diced hard boiled eggs are optional

Add salt, pepper, fresh parsley, and other favorite seasonings.

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