This season is a great time to mix up the menu and try a few new recipes. Please use Southern Zipper Peas and More from Mimi’s Table as a guide. My recipes are easy for anyone to cook. Whether you find cooking a joy or a pain, it is always good to try something new. Be adventurous with your cooking.
Is cheeseburgers on your menu?
Not long ago my Bonus Mom suggested that we cook cheeseburgers instead of making a big fuss. Smiling first at the thought of putting my feet up while Grill Man organized the grill, I thought about it for a minute. I replied that her son and others would rebel if cornbread dressing and pecan pie went MIA. My Bonus Mom’s Pecan Pie needs it’s own James Beard Award. (Recipe under the dessert section)
Even I know she loves cheeseburgers. Although it was all about making sure that we didn’t make a fuss. Yet, even when I tire myself out in the kitchen, I am where I want to be. Cooking is a labor of love that I enjoy sharing with my family and friends. Hopefully Southern Zipper Peas and more from Mimi’s table will help with a few suggestions to make your dining table special.
Having guests over may add to your list of duties. Early planning will help you reduce kitchen mayhem. As you know Mr. Mayhem only arrives when you need him the least and company is heading your way. One of my latest recipes will come in handy because it is best prepared days in advance so that the flavors blend. If you like coleslaws or marinated salads, you will enjoy this recipe.
Easy Make Ahead Side Dishes From Scratch
Entertaining for family or friends is one of my joys. Along with it of course is a lot of extra work but it is worth it. Set aside time to dine slowly with your loved ones and enjoy real conversations. Start a revolution, have everyone leave their phone in the car. What? Is it possible?
Recently, I watched a movie about three adult children returning home for the holidays and the drama that usually ensues in “some homes”. This movie included standard sibling rivalry, aging parents, grandchildren running amok and other chaotic events. If this scene creates dejavu for you , even to the point of secretly desiring proof of your adoption papers. My plan would be to feed them well and have adult beverages on hand.
At least while you share a meal you may find something in common. Entire dinner party conversations could surround the safety of food talking points. From the local food sourcing and farms to the complexities of the wine served. While dining ask everyone to share their favorite food memory or favorite dish and latest food love.
Food is something that we should be able to agree on without coming to blows. Stay away from politics, covid, and other long standing taboo family topics. I certainly could curate a conversation around food. Food is a safe subject, right?
Desserts just make us happy
No dinner table is complete without dessert. Desserts just make us happy. Whether you let them eat cake, brownies, pie or cookies you will need a sweet treat. Desserts are another great recipe to bake ahead of event and set aside. All your best days should include dessert even if it’s only a kiss.
If chocolate is your love, the dessert category has several options for you to bake and serve. Top dessert off with a side of ice cream, coffee and Kahlua and call it a day.
Southern Zipper Peas and More from Mimi’s Table is only an sampling of the many choices listed on the site. Review the archives to see what you may have missed. If there is something that you would like to see in the future, please let me know.