Family Dinner

Saturday evenings are family dinner time.  We gather with as many of the local relatives and friends as can make it, tell stories, share fabulous food, and experience life in a way that is wholly satisfying – slowed down, relaxed, full of love.  This is my favorite time of the week!

At family dinner we often try new recipes.  My niece and I get together to make some fun dessert as well.  It is a special time of being together in the kitchen.

My photographic skills (and my camera) could use some improvement.  Still, I offer some pictures of recent family dinner meals…

Bacon, chive and goat cheese stuffed pork chops.

Despite this comment from my sister Stephanie: “Who eats pork?  NO ONE in our family really eats that!” I offer proof that we not only eat it, we make it taste amazing! Stephanie obviously missed this dinner.

One of the things our family likes best to eat is soup and biscuits.  One late March family dinner featured Carrot/potato Soup, Pumpkin Chili, Cheddar Bay Biscuits, and Buttermilk Biscuits.  YUM!

Cheddar Bay Biscuits - yes, Red Lobster I do make them better.

Carrot and Potato soup, adapted from a restaurant offering we loved.

Pumpkin Chili - a family favorite anytime.

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

I am the baker of the family.  Love making things that look beautiful, make the house smell like heaven, and create smiles on the faces of those I love.  This batch of buttermilk biscuits was a revelation.  I normally use a biscuit cutter to achieve uniform round biscuits.  Instead, I followed the suggestions of a southern baker, kneaded the dough just 6 times, did not roll it and simply cut it into 8 sections.  No, they did not look at all uniform.  YES, they were the lightest biscuits I have ever made.  Less handling = more wonderful.

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