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.
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!