Thankfully, my family does what they can to keep Granddaddy’s legacy alive. My father cooks the same stew, in the same cast-iron pot, over a fire so hot you can barely stand near it. From one generation to the next, the stew and the pot get passed down, and new memories are made. These days, my son gets to see his grandfather cook over the open fire just as I did when I was growing up. My son never met my grandfather, but one day he will use the same pot and recipe as his great-grandfather, and he’ll be able to pass it down to his children. To me, that’s what cooking is all about—remembering the past, making memories, and cherishing the moments and time together.
When he’s not fishing with his son near their home in Garner, North Carolina, Chris spends his days working with Agri Supply, the parent company of Carolina Cooker cast-iron cookware.