Whether it’s that mouthwatering casserole your mom makes from scratch or grandma’s scrumptious sugar cookies, we look forward to the family favorites we enjoyed as children each year as we continue to gather around the table to share a holiday meal.
To celebrate this time-honored tradition, the team here at Bay Alarm Medical reached out to some of our favorite bloggers to share the special recipes they look forward to that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
We compiled these savory dishes into a fun and festive recipe eBook to share with all our readers. So, if you’re looking for a few new dishes to add to your table this year alongside your own family recipes, click the image below to view our free Holiday Recipe eBook!
The stories behind the recipes
Not only did we get some great recipes, but also we got the heart-warming stories behind many of them!
Anne of Webicurean shared this story about her Mom’s Savory Pork n’ Beans:
“It all began with a leftover ham bone and a hungry husband. At least that’s how my mom told the story. My dad suggested cooking the ham bone with some beans, and my mom built this dish around it. The rest, as they say, is history. While for many, the mention of pork and beans conjures up images of a sweet and tangy pot of beans, maybe even with bits of hot dog floating about, this bean dish is savory and satisfying–hearty cowboy fare. The beans simmer in a smoky broth, with the flavors of tomatoes, chili powder, and white wine melding together in complete harmony. Whether you’re looking for a way to use that leftover holiday ham bone or just want something different to bring to the next pot luck, this one’s a sure winner.”
Lizzy from That Skinny Chick Can Bake said:
“This Holiday Fruit Salad graces the table for all holidays: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am part of the fourth generation making this salad for special occasions, and I’m certain my oldest will make it when he has his own family. He even considers the leftovers to be breakfast food…fruit, eggs, dairy…sure, it works!”
And we can’t forget the touching story from Lori of The Kitchen Whisperer:
“My grandmother was one of the most amazing women I have ever had the pleasure of having in my life. She was a hard worker coming from nothing. When her father took ill she had to leave school and go to work full time in one of the factories at the age of 12 to help support her mother and siblings. She spoke of The Great Depression often and taught me what truly mattered in life – family, honor, respect, integrity and faith. She taught me that out of the most basic of ingredients you can create amazingly delicious meals that left you with a full belly. She knew what it was like to go without or to go to bed hungry. She made a vow to her family that would never happen again in her lifetime – and it never did. While we may never had had designer jeans or the latest toys, we did have incredible foods and lessons that have lasted generations.
Grandma, while she stood all of 4’ nothing, was larger than life. She was cool sporting her purple or pink hair, driving her beefed up Nova and could make a 6’ biker shake in their boots. She was a spitfire with a heart of gold. If you looked cold, she gave you clothing. If you looked hungry, she fed you. If you needed guidance, she would teach you. Grandma was more than just my grandma, she was my friend. I am so truly blessed that God graced my life with that amazing woman. Her memories and teachings live on not only in me but those whose lives she’s touched.”
A BIG thanks to all our contributors:
A very special congratulations goes out to Carole of Heirloom Meals who won our drawing for a brand new iPad Mini!