What’s your favorite holiday dish? And…win a gift card!

-by Joanna Sims

What’s your favorite holiday dish?  I have a serious sweet tooth and the holidays are zero help on that front.  So, of course, my favorite holiday dish has to be something with a substantial amount of sugar!  Yes, there are cookies and candy canes and cakes galore.  But, my absolute favorite…and the dish that I always wanted more…more…and more of…is Mom’s homemade apple pie!

Mom made the best apple pie.  The only time I ever ate apple pie was on Thanksgiving and Christmas (because that’s when she made it, I suppose).  I always liked to keep Mom company in the kitchen when she baked (something tasty would head my way eventually).  And, pie-making night was no exception!  I would stay up late, listening to jazz on the kitchen radio, while Mom methodically and skillfully rolled-out the dough for the crust.

The next morning, the house would be filled with the most amazing scent of apple, butter and cinnamon as Mom’s apple pie baked in the oven.   I couldn’t wait for the end of the holiday meal, just so I could eat that apple pie!  After dinner, and with dishes soaking, I would hear Mom start to whip the homemade whip cream in her metal mixing bowl (sometimes I was lucky enough to lick the beaters).  And, then (finally) it was time to eat that apple pie.  Yu-mmy! I don’t think that anything ever tasted so good…and I don’t think that anything ever will.

Mom's Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

No matter how many years have passed since I lost my mom, I’ve never forgotten those little things that she would do to make the holidays special for the family.  I suppose those are the things that I miss the most. Every holiday season, when the memories of my mom are so vivid, the thought of her singing Etta James while she gathers ingredients for the pie always makes me smile.  Then I usually cry.  This is why my favorite holiday dish is, and forevermore shall be, Mom’s homemade apple pie.  Oh, how I wish I could have just one more slice!

So…what’s your favorite holiday dish?  Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share?  I would love to hear from you!  Write a comment by next Thursday and I’ll pick a winner for a $10 Amazon gift card.

I wish you and yours a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

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32 Responses to What’s your favorite holiday dish? And…win a gift card!

  1. Hi Joanna – You’ve got me thinking about my mother – who passed away in early December 2009. She made the best lemon merangue pie on the planet. My sister and I realized, too late, that we’d never gotten in the kitchen with her to get the lesson on making that pie. I’m afraid to attempt it! But my mother’s secret wasn’t a special recipe – she swore she just followed the recipe on the side of the cornstarch box. (really!) I think it was the love she put into making that pie that made it so special.

    Enjoy your apple pie, and could you please save me a piece?

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Lynne,

      Thank you for sharing memories of your mom with me. We lost our moms a month apart. My mom tried to teach me her special pie “technique” but it’s just not the same (the taste OR the look). Her pies were always so pretty! Have a wonderful holiday…

      Joanna

  2. Lori says:

    I love the Christmas cookies and the homemade chocolate covered pretzels but my favorite our prime rib dinner with mashed potatoes.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Lori,

      Thank you for your comment! I am total sucker for those chocolate covered pretzels (no longer allowed in the house) and my husband would love to be invited over for that prime rib dinner with mash potatoes! Enjoy your holiday season…

      Joanna

  3. Linda Henderson says:

    Actually my favorite holiday dish is my sister’s broccoli casserole. Even the people in my family that don’t like broccoli eat this up. After that it would be pumpkin pie.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you for your response! Even though my mom made great apple pie, she didn’t eat it. Her favorite? Pumpkin! I hope you have a wonderful holiday…

      Joanna

  4. Joanna,
    My daughter LOVES apple pie. I made her one for Thanksgiving. We’re searching for the perfect apple pie recipe. I can’t wait to give yours a try.

    I, too, have a hopeless sweet tooth. One of my favorite holiday recipes is my grandmother’s seven-layer cookies. It’s made with chocolate and butterscotch chips and coconut among other things. They’re so rich and yummy I have to limit making them to the holidays. Now that my daughter is home from college, you can bet we will be whipping up a batch.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Nancy!

      A seven-layer cookie? Yes, please! You are a woman after my own heart. You are making wonderful memories for your daughter with those cookies that are going to last her a lifetime! Have a wonderful holiday…

      Joanna

  5. MarcieR says:

    My favorite holiday dish? Yams. My mom would melt butter and mix in brown sugar in a pan then add the yams. Once they were all brown and gooey they were done.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Marcie,

      Okay…now you made me hungry for yams! You had me at melted butter and brown sugar (of course). Thank you for your post and I hope you have a great holiday!

      Joanna

  6. Michelle Major says:

    Hi Joanna – What a lovely post and great memories of your mom’s pie. I’ve always been too intimidated to bake apple pie but I’m going to try your recipe! Like you and Nancy, I have a crazy sweet tooth. My favorite holiday recipe is Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cakes (the name pretty much says it all). It’s a Paula Deen recipe from the Food Network and is so easy but amazing and everyone’s favorite in my house.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Michelle!

      Anything with “butter” in the name has to be awesome and probably worth every bit of time on the treadmill that it would take to work several of the off! I wish you the best and hope that you have a great holiday with your beautiful family. And, I look forward to sharing the Special Edition book shelf with you next year!

      Joanna

  7. linda s says:

    You’ve made me think of Christmas past. Long past. My mother died many years ago but before Christmas she made a steamed carrot pudding which had to age. She steamed puddings for days and then mailed them to her seven children so they would have Christmas pudding for Christmas. I don’t have a recipe and doubt my grocer carries suet anyways. I miss her and the pudding.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you for your post. Your mom sounds like she was a caring and loving woman. The story you shared of your mother taking the time to make pudding for her seven children touched me. There are many recipes of my mom’s that I wish I had, but I’m glad that I have the memories. I wish you a wonderful holiday season!

      Joanna

  8. Marcy Shuler says:

    I like pecan pie for the holidays. And peppermint stick ice cream. But my favorite thing to eat is stuffing. Yum.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Marcy!

      Thank you for your addition to the holiday dish discussion! Every post is making me hungry! I love ice cream and feel like I need to try peppermint stick this year…sounds delicious. And, you’re right. Stuffing was in the running for my first pick. It’s a close second to apple pie! Happy holidays…

      Joanna

  9. Ada says:

    I love love love scalloped potatoes! I remember it being such a special treat whenever my mom made it! Now it’s a Christmas tradition to have it :)

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Ada,

      Thank you for your post! That’s what I love about the holidays…it gives us a reason to break out all of our special recipes and carry on family traditions. It also gives us something to look forward to all year! Enjoy those scallops. They sound delicious!

      Joanna

  10. Anita says:

    My favorite holiday dish has to be yams and sweet potatoes. We like to have them in different ways each year but the best is when they’re mashed or made into pancakes! We used to do that all the time when I was growing up!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Anita,

      Thank you for adding to the holiday dish discussion! I too am a yam and sweet potato fan. I haven’t had them in pancake form, but it sounds like something I need to try! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

      Joanna

  11. amy o'neal says:

    hmmm I love broccoli and cheese casserole

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Amy!

      You’re the second person to mention broccoli casserole as a holiday favorite. I enjoy broccoli…and I love cheese… I’m going to have to hunt down a recipe and try this dish! Thank you for your post and have a wonderful holiday season!

      Joanna

  12. C-Jay M says:

    It would be too hard to pick a favorite. Sweets are my downfall. I love my mom’s pumpkin pie, and Christmas Stollen. My husband makes a mean cheesecake. My kids and I make a lot of Christmas cookies, but I still like chocolate chip the best. We add read and green ‘chips’ along with the semi-sweet for a Christmas-y look.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi C-jay,

      It is hard to pick a favorite, I agree (hence the five-pound weight gain at holiday time). I’ve never met a cheesecake OR a Christmas cookie I haven’t liked. And, I certainly wouldn’t turn down a chocolate chip cookie with festive green and red chips! I appreciate your comment and I hope that you have a wonderful holiday!

      Joanna

  13. Jane Squires says:

    Homemade noodles go way back to my Grandmother coming over. Miss my Mom. Now passing on to girls and grandchildren.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Jane,

      I really appreciate that you are passing down your mom’s holiday tradition to your children and grandchildren. There are so many things I wish that I had learned from my mom… when I was younger, I suppose I thought I had all the time in the world with her. Thank you for your post and I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

      Joanna

  14. Joanna! Love those holiday baking memories. I loved the cookies and candy my mom made–especially the fudge and the divinity! Yes!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Christine…

      Okay…now you just added yet another item to my holiday naughty food list! I LOVE fudge! My mom tried to teach me how to make homemade fudge, but (as things often go when I’m in the kitchen) it turned out hard and grainy. My husband always asks if I need him to pick up anything on his way home. Tonight? I might just have to say fudge! Happy holidays, Christine, and thank you for your post.

      Joanna

  15. Ellen Thompson says:

    I favorite thing at Christmas is the Turtle Cake that my mom makes. It is chocolate cake with a layer of caramel and nuts in the middle. It is so good!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Ellen,

      Turtle Cake sounds like an awesome holiday dish. I love caramel in all of its forms! Thank you for your post and I wish you a wonderful holiday!

      Joanna

  16. Dyan says:

    Christmas cookies and homemade fudge!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Dyan,

      Yes! I agree. Christmas cookies and homemade fudge are always on top of my “awesome things to eat at holiday time” list! Thank you for adding to the discussion and have a great holiday!

      Joanna