Ken and Janice Tate

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

I can't help myself. When I lift a forkful of my mom's savory stuffing to my lips, I am transported back to holiday gatherings when I was young. I remember the fun, the family and the frenzy in the kitchen as all the women, clad in festive aprons, bustled around to get the feast prepared. Mom's stuffing was always a much-anticipated featured menu item. One taste is all it takes today to send me back to those get-togethers of yesterday.

What about you? Do you "taste" your memories too? When you take a bite of your mom's fried chicken, your dad's pecan pie, Aunt Jane's casserole or cousin Lilly's orange gelatin dessert, do you find yourself back at the kids' table at Thanksgiving or Christmas, or even a birthday celebration, amidst the din of discussion and laughter? If so, scientists agree with you. They concur that our brains have the ability to connect tastes and smells of certain foods with distinct, nostalgic memories that reside in our hearts.

It doesn't have to be a big potluck meal that takes us back, either. As stories in this issue prove, any type of food, from whipped cream on desserts to tangerines in our Christmas stockings to that ubiquitous can of SPAMŽ, is able to evoke special remembrances of times (and people) gone by.

As you scoot your chair up to a holiday table this season, I wish you merry memories. I wish you the joy of tasting something that makes you think of your Good Old Days. I wish you the treat of thinking fondly of the family members who shaped your life and helped make you the person you are today. And I wish you the opportunity to make more tasty memories with the ones you love.

'Til next time,

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Mary Beth Weisenburger, Editor

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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