Even the title is an invitation: Come Home to Supper. How many childhood memories are wrapped around that simple sentence? In the town where we grew up, the fire department tested its sirens every night at 6:00 and that was our signal to start heading home – at the 6:00 whistle when mom would have a delicious dinner waiting for us. For Christy Jordan, her memory is always having a meat + 3 – one entrée with three sides of vegetables.
Study after study shows us that the happiest, healthiest families are those that make a habit of gathering around the dinner table each night. Yes, everyone has crazy busy schedules but Christy offers a collection of 200 casseroles, skillets, sides and desserts to feed our families with love that brims with home cooked goodness and keeps everyone coming back for just one more little bite.
Knowing that time is precious, so many of the recipes get dinner on the table in less time than it takes to dial up for delivery pizza. Offering recipes that she serves her own family, Christy invites and encourages us to plan and prepare meals that keep those we love “coming home to supper”.
A quick inventory of my pantry revealed that all the ingredients for Blackened Pork Chops were at hand, I decided to give these a try. A quick mix of garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika made a wonderfully spicy rub that sealed in the flavor of some juicy, thick cut pork chops – truly the best we’d ever had.
Another night Oven Barbeque Chicken was just too easy to pass up – one cup each of Catsup and Coke poured over some chicken breasts and baked just long enough to render succulent moist chicken in a smoky sweet barbeque sauce.
But don’t think that entrees are all that Christy has to offer. Just watch how long it takes for your hungry crew to greedily devour Meme’s Loaded Mashed Potatoes or Cat Head Biscuits or Blake’s Green Beans.
Of course, Christy realizes that fabulous food on the table is not the only ingredient for memorable family gatherings, and so sprinkled among the recipes are inspiring ideas for creating conversations that knit the family together or words of wisdom to help keep us mindful of what’s truly important to us.
Please join us this Friday, November 22 at 5:00 as we welcome Christy to Blue Willow to sign and discuss copies of her new cookbook, Come Home to Supper.