Dixie and I are the same age and grew up in the same school and the same grade, in a beautiful small town in Georgia. And we were always the best of friends.
I get all nostalgic when I think about those days because my children did not grow up in the same town or even the same state as their cousins. And because of that, they are not as close to their cousins as I am to mine.
Sadly, we usually only see each other once a year, in October, when we all converge on that small town and gather at my mom and dad’s rustic cabin for our annual family reunion. They live in town, but we have the reunion at the old home place (I’ve always wanted to say old home place).
We even get a little Friday night lights action by attending our high school football game! Go Patriots! And I try my best not to miss that reunion weekend because I know it will be another year before we see each other again.
We always have mom’s famous fried chicken. She and dad cook the meats and some of the sides. Other relatives bring a dish or two and Aunt Jean (Dixie’s mom) is in charge of the desserts. And she makes the best Red Velvet Cake in the world!
And, of course, Dixie helps. She’s a great cook, too! It seems to run in the family, except for my other bff cousin, Linda, who lives in midtown Atlanta and swears that she didn’t inherit the cooking gene! But that’s another story for another day!
Back to the dessert buffet – It’s always fabulous and laden with every dessert you could ever imagine! I’ve been tempted to just bypass the “real food” and head straight for that dessert table.
This past October, I tasted a dessert I had never had – Dixie’s Pecan Pie Cobbler! I named it that because Dixie made it. And it was to die for. It was like a pecan pie on steroids! I mean, could pecan pie possibly taste any better? Why, yes it could! And it did!
First of all, it’s a big cobbler that feeds at least 12! Secondly, I’m getting all preachy here, there is a bottom and top crust! And then there is more filling on top of the top crust! As you probably know, a traditional pecan pie has only a bottom crust. I have a love affair with crust!
After returning home from last year’s reunion and before Dixie had a chance to respond to my request for that recipe, I found it online and decided to share it with you. You can thank (or curse me) after you finish the last morsel. It’s that good! She did get back to me very quickly. It’s just that I’m impatient when it comes to a fabulous dessert.
The crust is tender and flaky and there is ooey gooey pecan filled custard between both layers of crust. It’s like a taste of heaven on earth!
Dixie’s Pecan Pie Cobbler was not only a big hit at the reunion, it was a huge hit as part of my Easter menu. I thought there would be leftovers to send home with the kids, but there was not a speck left of that dessert. Score!
OK – you talked me into it! Here’s the link to the recipe! Do try it and tell me what you think!
What’s your favorite family reunion food?
PS – Dixie just became a grandmother for the first time this past week! Congrats to all!