Since my mom is one of the world's greatest cooks, all our holidays center on the meal... so we're hoping Mom will do her classic feast:Yeast rollsCornbreadHarvard beets
, sweet and tangyMashed potatoes
, with just a little cream added to make them richerScalloped corn
(that's what Mom calls it -- she invented it when she was first married: fresh cut corn with a light roux, baked in a casserole dish with butter-fried breadcrumbs on top... the ultimate comfort food...)Sweet potatoes
slow-cooked in a cast-iron skillet with butter and brown sugarHoney-and-orange-juice-and-cloves ham
, for my father and brother and nephew (Mom and I are vegetarians, but she cooks ham for the boys anyway)Homemade Granny Smith apple pie
, nice and tart, with a wedge of extra-sharp cheddar cheese or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, your choice
And the next day, she'll use the leftover mashed potatoes as the basis for her wonderful homemade doughnuts! Life is gooooooood with Mom in the kitchen!