It seems that every family has food traditions connected with Christmas. My mother always made fruitcake for Christmas. Early on it was the traditional dark cake with lots of candied fruit and nuts. Later she changed to a Kentucky bourbon cake that was a light colored cake with less fruit and more nuts. After she baked it she would soak it in a healthy amount of bourbon and wrap it in a towel. That was a good cake! My aunt always made an almond crescent cookie that was rolled in vanilla sugar. I could eat my weight in those. Many food traditions center around desserts. I suppose that's because we try to avoid a lot of dessert during the year so we think it is alright to indulge during the holidays. My biscuits are becoming a tradition for my extended family. I serve them warmed with Edwards ham. They don't last long once they come out of the oven. Why don't you give them a try for your holiday dinner? Your family will thank you!
Can you believe that it is November already? Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I know that you have many wonderful memories of family gatherings for Thanksgiving as I do. Most of my memories are centered around the smell of turkey roasting and pumpkin pies baking. For me it is not Thanksgiving without those two things plus a few mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. The bread in my home was always a delicious homemade yeast roll (and still is today!) However, I have begun serving my sweet potato biscuits with country ham as an appetizer. That plate is empty almost before I can set it down and return to the kitchen. Why not try some at your family Thanksgiving dinner. Trust me, your family will thank you for adding sweet potato biscuits to your menu. I hope that each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with those people who are important to you. Jane
I love football. I love college football and professional football. In fact, my husband and son say I am a fanatic about football. The days between the Super Bowl and the beginning of the NFL preseason are dull and uninteresting to me. As a child I played touch football with my brothers and cousins many Sunday afternoons. I was a "junior" cheerleader for our local high school when I was in elementary school and was a varsity cheerleader in high school. I would love to be a color commentator for college games but my family would die of embarassement if I were to do that!
It seems that in the south (and, probably, in other regions of the country) people say "I care" or "I love you"with food. When my husband and I visit his parents his mother always has everyone's favorite food: fried chicken for him, mashed potatoes for me, macaroni and cheese for our son. When any of our neighbors are sick or have a wedding or death in the family we drown them in food. It's our way of saying we're sorry for what someone is going through or we are glad for the happy occasion. I have a friend who cooks entire meals for people. She did that for us when we first moved here before she even really knew us. She was the first person at our door with food. What a blessing that was to us. In the hectic world we live in where no one seems to have time for a neighbor in need I'm glad that, at least in small southern towns, people still take the time to express concern with food. Flowers are nice, but an item from someone's kitchen prepared with love speaks volumes. I hope that my biscuits will become a part of that tradition. I know that they have here in my town. No, the person giving them didn't make them but they were made with love and care one at a time by hand in my kitchen. God works in wonderful ways even through the smallest act of kindness. Think about it.