Martha White
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Holiday Hospitality – Southern Style

Southern hospitality is legendary. We are known for sharing our home and food with folks we love, as well as strangers who quickly become friends. There are various forms of hospitality – some have lavish parties, but many of us cook our own food and serve it in a homey style.

Interestingly, much of the same traditional food and recipes at appear at both. The revered country ham, little cheese straws and wafers, seafood in the coastal area and of course, little flakey biscuits make an appearance everywhere. Pecan and sweet potato pies, caramel, coconut and pound cakes only scratch the surface of the abundant desserts.

As I’ve mentioned before, my mother entertained often as she cooked. She had a few small appetizers, served at the holidays or for an occasional bridal or baby shower. Celery stuffed with a cream cheese and green olives mixture, little chicken salad and pimento cheese sandwiches, cut in triangles without the crust and delicious deviled eggs.

Blue Cheese and Cheddar Cheese Straws are always a favorite of mine. And I never pass up a chance to recommend little Cheesy Country Ham Biscuit Bites.  These are an easy-to-make version of the traditional Country Ham Biscuits and, of course little sweet potato pies or Tassies.

If you are having guests this year, think about your favorite family foods and include them on your menu. Here are some of my favorites. I would love to hear about your family favorites for entertaining.

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