After our last meeting, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pans decided to go for a different kind of theme. Instead of choosing a country or a region, we went with something we all knew and loved: family recipes.
It was a little bit difficult for me to think of something to make since so many of my mom’s recipes were HER mom’s recipes, and thats what my mom would be making… so I had to think of a truly “mom” recipe. One fun thing about this meeting of the Traveling Pans was that it was on a Sunday, so I had the day to cook. I went to my mom’s house and we got to cook together for the first time in a long time… such fun!
Upon arriving at Sue’s house, we were greeted with wine, crackers and cranberry-coated goat cheese
The table, as always was gorgeous
My mom made my grandma’s green bean salad, a favorite of mine
I opted for my mom’s Pizza Chicken, which I’ve made dozens of times before, and it was SO delicious!
Sue made her aunt’s chicken and noodles, which was as close to the perfect food as I can imagine.
Liz brought her family’s layered salad. I was skeptical at first, but it was love at first bite:
And Beth brought her family’s Swedish meatballs which, apparently do not get eaten with a sauce! The sauce thing is something that’s only American!
We ate (ok, honestly, I stuffed myself into oblivion) and talked about where our recipes came from and stories that surrounded the dishes. What was amazing to me was that not one of the recipes was processed or “convenience” food, and we all prepared them with as much love as our moms or grandmas did. But these weren’t the only things we made… there was still dessert!
Emily brought her grandmother’s black bottom pie. Oh. My. Goodness…
Gingersnap crust, chocolate mousse, vanilla-bourbon custard, and whipped cream. I swear, I could’ve eaten however much was there. It was THAT good. To top it off, Beth brought us all breakfast for the next morning:
Butter-laden amazing cinnamon rolls. I packed them up, nearly giddy to wake up the next morning to enjoy one of these gorgeous rolls…
As usual, it was a fantastic time full of great food and amazing conversation. As usual, I can’t wait for our next meeting!
On another note, thank you all so much for your continued support through my venture into Project Food Blog. Unfortunately, my journey ended with my video post as I wasn’t selected to move on to round 8. I truly appreciate ALL of your votes, tweets, comments, and support!