Saturday, March 07, 2009

Southern Family Recipes

I put on a pot of coffee this morning, rubbed my eyes and got out all of the ingredients. Cold buttermilk, Crisco shortening, White Lily self-rising flour, and Jimmy Dean bulk sausage.

It was late morning and I was still sleepy, but I'd promised my family that I would make biscuits and gravy for breakfast. By Folgers, I was going to do just that.

Sift flour, cut in shortening, pouring in cold buttermilk, gently mixing and rolling dough in my hands and carefully dropping the biscuits in the pan. I love the feeling of making biscuits, the cold sticky dough, nearly as much as I love eating them.

Slice bulk sausage (only Jimmy for me), fry and drain on a printed paper towel. Add a little flour to the leftover sausage grease, stir to make the roux and add milk. Slowly. Stir. Add two sausage patties, crumbled, to the milky gravy, simmering until nearly perfect. (If I do say so myself.)

Then I call my family, the most precious in the world to me, and we pull out our chairs, scoot up to the table to the smell of warm biscuits, hot gravy and sausage, cold butter, and sweet strawberry preserves.

Saying our blessings. Thanking God for all He's given us. Like cold buttermilk, Crisco shortening, White Lily flour, and Jimmy Dean sausage.

And all of the memories that go along with them.


Susanne said...

I get the feeling I'm supposed to try and make these. I just watched Paula Deene making them and then come here and you make my mouth water. And my heart yearn for a family moment.

Beautifully written.

pcb said...

So nice to read about someone who actually knows how to make a biscuit. And by that, I mean Crisco, buttermilk and White Lily. My mother-in-law (famous for her biscuits...hers are our benchmark) used to fill a suitcase with White Lily and take it back to France with her when they were stationed there! Folks thought she was crazy until they tasted her biscuits!

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

Love it.I need your recipe! Sounds great! And the family makes it all worth it.

Anonymous said...

Being from Maine I've never eaten that in my life! Sounds great, though. My family loves my crepes with brown sugar...

Karen said...

Sounds good.... We usually do bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy around here. For *dinner* even!! My family isn't much into sausage, so I just use the bacon fat for the gravy. Yum, yum.