Recipes and Stories

20 December 2015: Sour Cream Cheddar Drop Biscuits

December 20, 2014

Tags: Biscuits, Drop Biscuits, Sour Cream Cheddar Drop Biscuits, Classic Southern Cooking, Southern Baking, Classic American Baking

Sour Cream Cheddar Drop Biscuits. Photography by Richard Burkhart
A simple way to dress up and stretch a family meal for unexpected company during the holidays, or just make it seem a little more special for the home folks, is a bread basket filled with piping hot, freshly baked biscuits. They never fail to impress, and make everyone think you’ve gone to a lot more trouble than you really have. (more…)

16 December 2014: Christmas Beef, alla Parmigiana

December 16, 2014

Tags: Rosa di Parma, Beef Tenderloin, Parmigiani cooking, Christmas Dinner, Classic Italian Cooking, Rosa Musi

Here, I'm shaving Parmigiano-Reggiano over the layer of Prosciutto di Parma that covers the flattened beef. It's then rolled up like a jelly roll, tightly trussed, and braised in wine and cognac until medium-rare.
In my family, the fat turkey of Dickens’ immortal tale, A Christmas Carol, was always the centerpiece of our Christmas dinner table, even though we’d just had turkey at Thanksgiving. Usually, my grandfather also baked a fresh ham (not the cured pink meat we think of as “ham” now, but an uncured fresh haunch of pork), an old family tradition that had been passed down for generations before him, and is carried on by my younger brother to this day. (more…)

1 December 2014: Creamed Turkey on Toasted Dressing

December 1, 2014

Tags: Thanksgiving 2014, Thanksgiving Leftovers, Leftover Turkey, Creamed Turkey, Toasted Leftover Dressing

A Quick Fix for Leftover Turkey and Dressing that I never tire of making or eating: Creamed Turkey on Toasted Dressing
Last night for supper we finished the last of the dressing and a big chunk of the leftover turkey with creamed turkey over pan-toasted slabs of dressing. For those with smaller households who said that most recipes for turkey leftovers just created another “leftover” problem because it made more than one person would eat, just make a smaller batch: it divides easily. (more…)