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Brunch on a June Sunday



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Brunch on a June Sunday

The Heritage of Southern Cooking
The Heritage of Southern Cooking

by Camille Glenn, 1986, Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

Kentucky-Style Ham in Cream (recipe follows)
Casserole of Grits (recipe follows)
Fresh Asparagus
The Ultimate Extra-Flaky Biscuits
Homemade Preserves
Fresh Strawberries and Pineapple
Charleston Shortbread Cookies (recipe follows)
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Kentucky-Style Ham in Cream

“Ham in cream – one of Kentucky’s and Virginia’s favorite flavors.
Delicious with Grits Soufflé or served with rice or grilled toast, in crêpes
or omelets. Cook, cover, and refrigerate if made a day ahead.”

Serves 6

5 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced if large
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
2 cups cubed baked ham
Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste

1.  Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium skillet. Add the mushrooms and sauté over medium-high heat until they absorb the butter but are still somewhat crisp. (They must not brown.) Set them aside.
2.  Melt the remaining butter in a heavy saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and mix with a whisk until smooth. Whisk in the milk gradually. Cook until the sauce thickens and is smooth, 3 minutes.
3.  Add the cream, ham, and mushrooms. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. (Watch the salt because of the ham.) Heat thoroughly, and serve immediately.


A Casserole of Grits

“The cooking time depends upon the kind of grits. The old-fashioned
long-cooking grits have more flavor than precooked grits…”

Serves 6

4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup hominy grits
5 1/2 tablespoons butter
3 or 4 eggs, beaten
Salt to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
[And, if you are so inclined, you may certainly feel free to throw in a teaspoon or so of minced garlic and/or a half pound or so of grated cheese.]

1.  Bring the water and salt to a boil, add the grits, and simmer, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the grits taste done and are thick and perfectly smooth, about 20 minutes.
2.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.
3.  When the grits are done, add 4 tablespoons of the butter, the eggs, salt, and cayenne. Stir well. Pour the mixture into a buttered shallow casserole and dot with the remaining butter.
4.  Bake until the grits are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.


Charleston Shortbread Cookies

“A beautiful teapot full of good English tea and a silver tray of these
cookies will take you right back to South Carolina. I promise.”

Makes 25 to 30 cookies

30 blanched whole almonds
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces
4 tablespoons sugar
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or Cognac vanilla

1.  Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2.  Place the almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Set them aside, and leave the oven on.
3.  Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the flour and salt, and mix well. Blend in the vanilla.
4.  Roll the dough into small balls and place them on a lightly greased or nonstick baking sheet. Flatten each one with your fingertip, and place an almond in the center.
5.  Bake the cookies on the middle shelf of the oven until they take on just a bit of color, 20 to 25 minutes.
6.  Cool them on a rack, and then store in an airtight tin (these keep superbly).

Variations: Add 1/3 cup sliced almonds to the dough. Toast 1/3 cup slivered almonds in 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a heavy skillet until the almonds are crisp and have taken on a bit of color. Do not allow the almonds to become dark, however. Add them to the dough and omit the whole almonds.
Omit the almonds and add 1 tablespoon brandy.

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