In the South, food plays a major role in holiday gatherings. From Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Brunch, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and parties, you will find a wide variety of southern recipes. Included are over 250 recipes for your holiday table or party.
Turkey, Ham, Goose, Duck, Appetizers, Breads, Pies, Cakes, Candies, Stuffing Recipes, Cookies, Side Dishes and even leftover recipes are all included. I’ve included menu ideas to help you plan the perfect feast.
My mother made every holiday a special occasion. She would have a spread on the table you would not believe. It wasn’t fancy food but just great Southern cooking.
Mother had several traditions for the holidays. On the first Saturday of December, all the women would gather to make candy for the holidays. It was one of my favorite traditions growing up. The house would smell of chocolate, fresh caramel cooking on the stove and all the women sharing their new versions of traditional candy recipes. There would be potato candy, caramels, chocolate covered cherries, pralines, fudge and numerous other candies.
On the 3rd Saturday in December, it was cookie baking time. The spell of vanilla extract and sugar would just make your mouth water. Of course, I could never wait for the cookies to cool so we could decorate them.