We love soups over here at the Flores casa, and I especially do lots of soups and stews in the fall and winter because it gets so chilly here in Ohio ( I know not compared to other parts of the country but not being a native Midwesterner I am huge baby when it comes to the cold). The winter always seems to be a reminder to me that we live across the country from our family and home state of California. Maybe it is because of the holiday season that I find myself getting homesick for our family and friends. I think about how growing up, we would always pop over to my Nana’s, or if we were down the street from my aunt and uncle’s we would stop for coffee and a chat. Friends and family were in turn always stopping by our house too, and I had always envisioned that life for my children. Our family is very close knit though and we hear from family on the daily which helps so much. I am so grateful for the time that they take out of their busy lives to facetime, call, and message us. Our girls have set times that they talk to our parents, grandparents, and siblings where they color, read stories, and talk about their week. Despite this, it breaks my heart a little to see the girls kiss the Ipad screen/ hug it to say hello and goodbye. However, this is our life and we make it work. It warms my heart whenever we are reunited with our loved ones and my girls run to all of these people like we have never been apart.
All this being said albondiagas is something I make when I feel home sick. This is something that my mother, grandmother, and nanny always made for my sister and me. For me, abowl of this soup is like a warm hug and a reminder that my family is always close to my heart. This is an easy and simple dish that I hope brings some warm fuzzy feelings to you this fall and winter season.