Who doesn’t think of food when they think of home?
I know that I do… as a child I would mark the passing of the seasons by the wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchen. Christmas always provided the highest impact as the wonderful treats rolled out day by day with increasing frequency.
It always started with Christmas Cookies (pecan roll cookies and no bake chocolate/peanut butter cookies still make my heart skip a beat) and progressed to magnificent beef tenderloins, roasted leg of lamb, and beef bourguignon. For us, cooking was a family affair.
Mama would always do the salads (she is a very good cook but prefers to not do complicated dishes), Jimdaddy would always do the meats (his specialty was beef tenderloin), and my grandmother would do whatever was needed (pies were her specialty, but she could cook literally anything).
We children would help out as we wanted, which meant that we always helped with the desserts… and that is what this Friday Five is all about… my favorite recipes. The hardest one by far is the beef bourguignon (but it is so worth the effort)! Try them all, if you dare… ’Tis the Season!
(adapted from Julia Child recipe)
For the Stew
To Finish the stew