Nothing tells you spring is here more than rhubarb, berries and fresh peas beginning to show up at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores. While tart rhubarb is almost always paired with strawberries, this pie goes a different way with blackberries and a slightly sweet crust flavored with fresh lemon zest and limoncello.
Summer weekends for me usually consist of travel baseball tournaments for my son. As we reach July, his season has come to an end and as much as I LOVE watching him play ball, I am so looking forward to quiet Saturday mornings, sipping coffee on my front porch and not having to go anywhere! My three kids also love these mornings because they roll out of bed whenever they want and usually have something yummy to eat waiting for them. This month I wanted to combine several of my favorite southern flavors, bacon, cheddar, butter and corn meal into one quick and easy breakfast fare. Because we are featuring the Vegetable Cutter Attachment this month, I decided to use the grater drum to shred my frozen butter into perfectly curled butter shavings that mix into my scone batter just right.
December brings endless parties and one family get together after another. Christmas for my family ends up being spread out over several weeks. After years of service with the Fire Department, my husband has enough seniority that he no longer has to work on Christmas Day if his shift happens to fall on December 25. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we get together at the fire station with all of the other wives and kids and share a meal, lots of laughs and the kids have an ornament swap. This usually kicks off our holiday get together season. Next, my sweet husband’s birthday is December 24 so at some point we get together with his mom and then his dad to celebrate his birthday and Christmas with each of them. Then comes my family. As the oldest of 9 children where 6 of us are married and there are now 10 grandchildren and we all live within 30 minutes of each other. Christmas is a HUGE event for us. My parents own their own small business and they have always closed their business for the entire week between Christmas and New Years and we spend that entire week playing board games and of course eating. My sisters and I usually call my mom and find out what the food plan is for each day and then decide what side dish, dessert or bread we will bring.
The recipe I will be sharing with you today is so simple I almost didn’t share it with you but my daughter said it was a must. This potato kugel can easily be a side dish or can be eaten like a hash brown casserole if you have a Christmas Brunch you are hosting. My favorite part about this dish is that it can easily be made ahead, frozen and then reheated when you are ready to serve it.