When our kids were small, we invited them over to our house for a cookout. It was a challenge because of their dietary requirements. According to Jewish law, only certain foods are fit for consumption. (The word kosher means fit or proper.)
Because dairy products cannot be eaten with meat or fowl, completely separate cooking pans and utensils should be used for each. A utensil or pan that has previously been used to prepare non-kosher food is not allowed. So, I bought a new paring knife.
With the help of paper plates, plastic cutlery, and disposable cooking pans, the cookout was a delight. We had juicy kosher hotdogs cooked on a little grill they brought. Our paper plates were piled high with potato chips, vegetarian baked beans, and fruit salad.
This time it was just as festive, but simpler. We met at Eli's, one of the few kosher restaurants in the Washington, D. C. area.
It was wonderful to catch up on our lives, share what our kids were doing, and brag about our assorted grandchildren.
I must admit, the Challah French toast and eggs were terrific.
Sitting down with old friends, no matter what the cuisine, is always an experience to be treasured.