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December 2013 Country Kitchen

Tables covered with home-cooked food always bring people together, particularly during holidays. From traditional comfort foods of family gatherings at old home places, to the festive offerings at parties with friends, food lovingly prepared for Christmas celebrations is always special. Kitchen nostalgia often runs deep this time of year, but there’s always room for a new twist on a classic dish or perhaps a new tradition to add to the season’s merriment.

The Alabama Farmers Federations beautiful Farming Feeds Alabama Cookbook offers numerous recipes to help any cook make the most of the bounty Alabama farmers bring to the table. This month’s Country Kitchen recipes are highlights from that book and are sure to make holiday food memorable and delicious.

Rosemary Shortbread are bite-size treats that greet nibblers with quintessential Christmas aromas. They’re great snacks for drop-in guests or to serve at a holiday open house. For casual gatherings, Catfish Fingers with Spicy Dipping Sauce makes Southern-staple fried catfish easily portable so guests mingle and munch.

The traditional Christmas dinner fare of cornbread dressing, green beans and sweet potatoes pairs well with Rosemary-Crusted Pork Loin and Congealed Cranberries. Leftover turkey becomes a delightful treat when used for Turkey Salad, the perfect recipe to extend the tastes of the holidays.

A perfect ending to a traditional holiday meal could be a 5-Layer Red Velvet Cake.