July 17, 2015

Celebrating Food & Fellowship

My mother recently gave us (hubby and me) a new cookbook. I prefer to think of it as mine because I love cookbooks. Just saying... 

Later that day I took that pretty cookbook and sat with it for a good long while before getting up from my chair. I had the most fun reading my new cookbook. Yes, I "read" cookbooks like I would read a novel. This one has... Great dialog. Great recipes. Great stories.

I remember reading about this cookbook when it first came out, and actually thought of getting it. But, I forgot to follow up and eventually forgot about the cookbook. Well, when mother pulled it out of the car and I saw the title I knew what it was! I was thrilled to get it. It is a curated selection from some of the nicest southern community cookbooks. I even have a couple of them.

The big reveal. The cookbook about which I am gushing? ...the Southern Living Community Cookbook. It has been out for a while, and some of you may already have it.  And now that I do, I wish I had gotten it sooner. Ha!  I love the subtitle, Celebrating Food and Fellowship in the American South.

Celebrating food and fellowship! 
Yes. We do that in the south!  

We celebrate and mark life's moments with food... Sufferings. Blessings. Happy times. Bad times. It seems that food is close at hand. I still remember a cake that one of my mother-in-law's sweet friends brought to our house upon her passing. Mandarin Orange Cake, i.e. Pig Cake.

We take dishes to church. We take dishes to the new mother just home from the hospital. We take dishes to the home of someone who has just passed. We take goodies to friends at the holidays. And we cook food for many family, church, and community festivities. Food is important for nourishment, but it also plays a big role in our social lives.I think you get the idea. 

Food is the center of so much in the south. Holidays are food based events that we look forward to no matter the time of year. Even something as simple as a neighbor dropping by requires the offer of a beverage and snack. Maybe we got that from our British ancestors DNA. It seems they offer a cup of tea for any event. Think Downton Abby. The good. The bad. The ugly. Have a cup of tea. In the south I guess we offer a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of sweet tea, or a Coca Cola. Put a couple of homemade cookies with a beverage and you have a food event to take your mind off of what troubles you.

I wanted to share a recipe with you from my new cookbook, but had trouble singling out just one. I wanted to stick with just one because of copywrite. Sure was hard to pick just one. I chose this one because I had never heard of a banana cobbler, and it sounds so yummy. I love gooey banana bread, bananas foster, and such...so here you go. Bon Appetit.

Banana Cobbler with Streusel Topping      8 servings                 This cobbler is a combination of warm banana bread, banana pudding, and oatmeal cookies. For best results, use slightly over-ripe bananas that have yellow peels splotched with brown flecks. You won’t get the same depth of flavor or moistness without them.
Streusel Topping
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup uncooked regular oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 medium-size ripe bananas, sliced (2 lb. unpeeled; about 4 cups when thinly sliced)
Serve with: Vanilla or caramel ice cream
1. To prepare streusel, stir together brown sugar, flour, and butter in a large bowl until crumbly. Stir in oats and pecans. Chill until needed.
2. To prepare cobbler, preheat oven to 375°. Lightly grease an 11- x 7-inch baking dish.
3. Whisk together flour, sugar, and milk; mix only until blended. Whisk in melted butter. Pour batter into dish. Top with banana slices. Sprinkle with Streusel Topping.
4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving warm, topped with ice cream.
                  I love deserts with fruit. 
               They seem somehow healthy!

Have a Great Day!

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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