Rice pudding is such a treat any time of the year. At the holidays, it's nice to make it using a rich eggnog custard, creating yet another opportunity to enjoy the flavors of the season. My Gramma Vera, was famous for her citrus-laced homemade boiled custard. Friends and family looked forward to her secret concoction every year. It was a tried and true family tradition. In this dish, I wanted to honor the flavor combination she taught me to love. Rich boiled eggnog mixed with the bright flavor of orange zest. It's delectable served warm or chilled.
Angel biscuits are a cross between a yeast roll and a buttermilk biscuit. Dubbed "Angel Biscuits" due to the fact that the recipe uses 3 leavening agents. Yeast, baking powder and baking soda are used in the dough resulting in a biscuit that's as airy and light as "angels wings." They have been the rage in Southern kitchens for decades. I can't think of a single member of my family that doesn't make these biscuits regularly. My Gramma's, my Mom and as well as my Aunts each had their own version and technique for making angel biscuits using the same ingredients in varying amounts. There's just never a bad biscuit in the batch. They're delicious with a slice of ham, a drizzle of honey, a generous pat of butter or a slathering of homemade jam. They can be served at any meal. They practically are a meal.
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There is no shortage of pecan pies in the South. In fact, it's widely considered to be one of our signature pies, no matter what part of the South you live in. Some are made with honey, some with molasses, and some with light or dark corn syrup. It typically depends on the preference of she [or he] whose stirring the bowl. Combining chocolate with pecan pie, well, that's universal in appeal. It seems everyone has their own take on chocolate-pecan pie, and the same is true here at home in my own kitchen. In this pie, delectable pecans and chocolate are combined to form a rich, fudge delight. The first taste can only be eclipsed by the glorious smell of the toasted pecans and sweet chocolate chips while baking. I like to serve it slightly warm with vanilla ice cream or with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Such mouthwatering deliciousness and so easy to make. Here's what you do...