It’s that time of year when people begin asking “what are you making for Thanksgiving?” “What type of pie are you having?” Pumpkin? Sweet potato? Well my friend threw out pecan pie. Huh. Well, that’s a new one for me. I’ve always stayed away from pecan pie because it’s always been too sweet for me. Of course, when we takes trips to the southern United States it doesn’t keep me from ordering it jus to see how it tastes.
What do you bring to a Thanksgiving brunch? Sweet potato pancakes. I’ve been mulling over this idea of Thanksgiving Brunch ever since we had brunch at my friends house the other weekend. The holidays can be a stressful time especially when there are so many family and friends to see. I remember when my husband and I were back and forth on the highway from afternoon until midnight trying to see all of our family during the holidays.
Memorial Day just wouldn’t be the same without Mama’s Potato Salad. There are some holidays that you just expect certain dishes. Sometimes, it just doesn’t feel like it’s the holidays with out it.
My friends know I don’t need a holiday to indulge in food but Cinco de Mayo is this week and I just wouldn’t be a true American if I didn’t make a dish. True American. Yes, I said it. As my Mexican friends have made very clear, Cinco de Mayo is more celebrated in America than Mexico. Americans make a big deal over the Battle of Pueblo because it gives them a reason to party. Of course, it’s also a great opportunity to introduce Mexican culture. Typically with Mexican food and drink. Funny huh. But whatever works.
I love remaking leftovers. This dish in particular reminds me of mornings when I lived in New York City. I was privileged enough to live right next to a wonderful sidewalk cafe on the lower east side. This of course was before sidewalk cafes were a dime a dozen. The owner was a older Jewish man that introduced me to my love of Jewish cuisine. From bagels with lox to baklava it was like he had the best food I couldn’t get anywhere else.
Now that the kids are back to school these cranberry topped cinnamon muffins make the morning routine a lot easier. Filled with fruit and very filling. These muffins help me get out the door quickly because breakfast is already done.