What would holidays be without food traditions?
I think they are the most wonderful thing about this most wonderful time of year.
My earliest memories are of baking cookies and making homemade candy with mom. I loved placing the pecan just so on top of the caramel in the turtle mold and sneaking bites of the filling for the peanut butter cups. I can smell the kitchen as the base of a pumpkin roll comes out of the oven to cool before getting lathered with cream cheese and powdered sugar. Then there were the endless loaves of zucchini bread to be baked from the all the shredded squash we had put up from the summer.
In my own Kentucky kitchen, we are whipping up plenty of pimento cheese to have on hand for pre-dinner snacking, baking some rum cakes in honor of my dad (sometimes subbing in bourbon) and always adding bourbon to the eggnog. And as the Italian side of my family has done for generations, we will be rolling out a couple hundred meatballs for Christmas Eve.
Whether you're sharing baked good with friends, passing recipes down to a younger generation or hosting your entire family dinner this season, I hope spending some time in the kitchen is a part of your holiday tradition. Enjoy some of these Bourbon and Biscuits favorites that will be found at tables across Louisville and beyond. And Jessica says, “don’t forget the cocktails!”