The tradition of the Sunday dinner is strong here in America. Every Sunday, really every Sunday my husband always had Sunday dinner with his family at his grandmothers. It was tradition. Now their dinners always consisted of 7-10 items. Beans, salad, another veggie, potato, corn etc.... My dinners are ... well more simple! Whether simple or elaborate it is a time for great food and relaxation (possibly a little family stress if we are honest - but that's ok too!).
Well here we are... 2010 ...and this wonderful tradition is fleeting. A year or so ago my goal was to reinstate the family tradition and host Sunday dinner every Sunday. That was a bit too lofty. Life is just a little busier now. Now my goal is to have as many as possible.
Last Sunday we had friends, lemonade, wine, some veggies and dip, brisket, cheese grits, green beans, and mixed berry shortcake. We talked about music, our first concerts, bands we liked, are lyrics more important than beat etc... The kids ran, and played hide-n-go-seek. They all had sweaty heads, dirty feet and smiles on their faces. They didn't want to leave.
Summer is here and I hope there is more time for casual gathering, relaxing and fun!!!
Happy summer sundays to you!
Mixed Berry Shortcakes
1-2 lbs strawberries, blueberries and any other in season berry
cut and sprinkle with a little sugar - let sit for 1/2 hour or so.
place half the berries in another bowl and drizzle 1 -2 tbls grand marnier on top.
whip 2 cups whipping cream with a tbls of sugar or 2 until thick but not too firm.
2 cups flour
1 tbls baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of nutmeg
3/4 cup buttermilk or whipping cream
corse or superfine sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all the dry ingredients and cut in your butter. Pour in your buttermilk or whipping cream and work into the dough. Hand shape your dough into one big round to cut or small individual rounds. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.
If you have a biscuit recipe you like simple add a little sugar. That is all you need for a wonderful shortcake!