Saturday, January 22, 2022

Love of Story Telling… Cooking Stories, That Is




Chef Anne Feinman

I love telling stories about cooking food. It comes natural to me, as food is essential to our humanity and our well-being and it affects all aspects of our lives. Some people may question the seriousness of writing about food. Most of us can go weeks without reading a book, watching a movie, or playing golf…. but I can’t imagine any of us going that long without food. More and more, cooking shows, cookbooks and magazines appear daily to educate and enhance our eating experiences. Food stories are important… they make us laugh, they make us hungry, and they make us get creative.

We need to make foods that make us healthy and happy. It is necessary for us to eat, and not be intimidated by where it came from, where it grew or who brought it to our table. Food health scares abound, from fat content, salt content, red coloring, etc. Remember the days when eggs were said to be bad? Or red meat? Or how our pork is cooked?

A better understanding of how to grow our food, distribute it, and consume it in ways that make it enjoyable to sit down with family and friends to tell each other the stories of our day. Bringing food and family together, when it is not a chore, but a fundamental need for our own health and our children. To gather the family in the kitchen, to prepare the meal, to serve the meal and to clean up after the meal. I remember when I washed dishes in a one compartment sink with my sisters standing on stools next to me, one to rinse and one to dry. Both sets of grandparents had gardens, so the pleasure of picking the ripe veggies was exciting and fun.The daily scraps were saved and became compost for fertilizing. A big barrel in the very back of our property, was used to burn our paper items. Those are cherished memories as things are so very different today for our children and grandchildren.

Our family always sat down at the dinner table for meals. There was no TV on, and no one was holding an iPad or cell phone. We prayed and held hands and thanked Mom and Dad for holding us so dear. Those are special moments I cherish.

Bring the family together, share your stories of today’s happenings and know that food is necessary for so many reasons.


Meatloaf to Bring Back The Memories


Meat Mixture

• 1 1/2 pound ground chuck

• 1/2 cup Minced onions

• 1/2 teaspoon Garlic salt

• 3/4 cup Drained diced tomatoes

• 3/4 cup Plain bread Crumbs

• 1 egg

Gravy Topping

• Topping

• 3/4 cup Tomato sauce

• 2 tablespoon Sugar


Mix all ingredients together in first list until well blended, but not overworked. Place in a lightly greased Bread Pan and bake at 350 degrees for 3/4 hour. Remove from oven and drain excess grease from pan. Mix tomato sauce and sugar together and pour over the meatloaf and place back in the oven to finish baking until done, about 1/2 hour.

Make it a blessed and wonderful 2013, From the Mango’s Family!


Chef Annie and daughter Lauren began their journey together at The Chefs Express in Olde Marco in 2004. After 6 years of developing strong customer relations and a solid name in the restaurant and catering business, they have moved to the forefront of Marco Islands’ service business at The Esplanade. The new venue called for a new name…thus Mangos Dockside Bistro at The Esplanade. Our family invites you to experience the best food, the best views, the best drinks…with THE MOST FUN!

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