Welcome to Friendship Tea, a blog about the daily happenings in the life of Linda, a tea enthusiast, who enjoys travel and trip planning, and is passionate about family, friends, life in Kentucky, and all things TEA.
Everyone in our family has a favorite side dish they request at special family meals,
including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We bake a turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We also serve a baked Kentucky Country Ham at Christmas.
In 2012 we added gluten free dishes to our menu. This year
everything will be gluten free, with the exception of Sister Schubert rolls for Peyton.
A few of our favorite family recipes are below:
For son-in-law Tim:
Sweet Potato Casserole
3 C sweet
potatoes, cooked or canned (I use a 29 oz. can, drained)
½ C. brown
½ t. salt
butter or margarine, melted
1 ½ t.
½ C. brown
1/3 C. flour (I substitute GF flour)
butter or margarine melted
potatoes. Add sugar, eggs, salt, butter,
milk and vanilla. Put mixture into an
8x8 casserole dish. Mix topping
ingredients and spread over sweet potato mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.
My family never made stuffing in the turkey, we always make Southern Cornbread Dressing baked in a casserole dish. Glenn's favorite side dish was my mom's dressing. By the way, my mother was pleased that Glenn loved her dressing so much that she made him his own pan to bring home.
While I'm on the subject of my mom's cooking, she always made dumplings to serve with turkey and dressing. The dumplings were everyone's favorite! Oh my! What memories!
My gluten free cornbread dressing last year was very good. I served it with gluten free turkey gravy.
Corn starch has become a substitute for flour as the thickening agent in my gravy.
Below Austin's Favorite:
Southern Corn Pudding (my gluten free version)
1/3 C. butter, melted
1/4 C. white sugar
1/2 C. milk
4 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 (15.25 oz). can whole kernel corn
2 (14.75 oz.) cans cream-style corn (gluten free)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 2 qt. casserole dish.
In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add melted butter, sugar and milk.
Whisk in cornstarch. Stir in corn and creamed corn. Blend well. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish.
Bake for 1 hour.
We can't have a big family meal, picnic or holiday, without Deviled Eggs.
My mother-in-law called her's Dressed Eggs.
Either dressed or deviled, most families have their own special recipe.
My basic recipe is from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
given to me as a wedding shower gift 45 years ago. (obviously it's not the newest version!)
I top my deviled eggs with 1/2 a stuffed olive.
Do you have anything special you add to your deviled eggs?
Daughter, Melissa, was a Home Ec. teacher (Family and Consumer Science)
for 11 years and supervised her classes making many turkey dinners, always to indlude
homemade cranberry sauce, but her requirement is canned Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce
with our turkey dinners because it's her favorite! Our neighbor sends/brings homemade cranberry sauce and I'm the only one in the family who will eat it!
For Peyton: Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
Those of us in Appalachia cook our garden green beans nearly all day, usually seasoned with a small cured country ham hock or "salt pork." When Aunt Mary was living, her job was to bring the Appalachian favorite Shuck Beans. Some folks called them "shucky beans" or "leather-britches."
They were dried green beans picked from the garden and laid out in the sun to dry. They were stored and cooked during the winter.
I'm still working on perfecting gluten free desserts. The pumpkin pie I made last year with a store-bought frozen GF crust was a total failure, except for the many laughs we had trying to get the rock-hard crust out of the pan. I won't mention the brand name of that crust.
I made a recipe for "crustless pecan pie" and GF Banana Cupcakes last year. Both were good.
I took these photos at Melissa's in 2012.
I never seem to take time to take photos of Thanksgiving meals in my own kitchen.
Do you have favorite family or regional recipes your family members ask you to make?
In addition to the Berea College Homecoming and weekend guests,
the Berea Community High School "Berea Players" presented
Young Frankenstein The Musical on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Austin was Inspector Kemp
and he was the Blind Hermit.
If you recall, this group performed The Sound of Music last spring.
I was a little concerned about this production's subject matter.
Wow! I was impressed with this cast and the production.
What a talented group of students!
There are several seniors this year, Austin and Levi are juniors
and the rest are freshmen.
Berea Community School is a small (1070 students) Independent School
PreK - 12th grade.
Four generations in the family have attended the Berea Independent Schools.
It is an amazing experience and opportunity to attend the same school
in the same building Pre K - 12 with lifelong friends.
When the world is all at odds And the mind is all at sea Then cease the useless tedium And brew a cup of tea. There is magic in its' fragrance, There is solace in its' taste; And then laden moments vanish Somehow into space. And the world becomes a lovely thing! There's beauty as you'll see; All because you briefly stopped To brew a cup of tea. ~ Source unknown
"Friendship Tea Recipe" ~~ 1/2 cup instant tea, 1 cup sweetened lemonade mix, 1 cup Tang, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a an airtight container. To serve, put 2 to 3 tsp. mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Adjust amount of mix to taste. Enjoy!