Recipes and Stories

21 December 2012: Christmas Cheese Straws

December 21, 2012

Tags: Christmas, Classical Southern Cooking, Cheese Straws, Cheese Biscuits, Christmas Baking

An old-fashioned Christmas treat: classic cheese straws with a cup of tea
Of all the Christmas goodies that hosts and hostesses have traditionally laid by for drop-in guests during the holidays, cheese straws speak closest to my heart. Called cheese “biscuits” in nineteenth century manuscripts and community cookbooks, they’re not to be confused with the cheese-flecked baking powder bread popular today: back then “biscuit” was still being used (as it still is in Britain) in its older form to designate a crisp cookie. (more…)

12 December 2012: Eggnog

December 12, 2012

Tags: Eggnog, Eggnog History, Southern Cooking, Classical Southern Cooking, Classic Eggnog

Real eggnog, served up with its crown of froth and nutmeg in a festive holiday Tom-and-Jerry Cup, is something to celebrate all by itself.
One of the most enduring symbols of the American holiday table is eggnog, that lusciously creamy, frothy, deeply intoxicating concoction of eggs, milk, and some kind of alcoholic beverage. Like fruitcake, the season’s other great culinary symbol, this heady beverage is reviled almost as much as it is revered.

There may be something in the old saying about familiarity breeding contempt; (more…)