On Friday afternoon, some of us gathered at my cousin Suzanne's to make the GF slider buns and mason jar lid apple pies.
|GF buns, fresh out of the oven. You have to make foil collars for the buns so they keep their shape.|
|GF Mason jar lid apple pies, all filled and ready for the top crust|
|My mom and her sister putting the finishing touches on the pies|
|It took a group effort to make these croquettes!|
|My mom, aunt Barb and me|
|My dad and Phil HATE posed photography so of course we made them take a picture together|
|My best guy and me. I need to get a striped shirt for Phil next year.|
|Smoked salmon canapes and a selection of locally made cheeses. My aunt and uncle smoked the salmon themselves and it was delicious!|
|My mom and her two sisters, Barb and Mary Bet, toasting to the memory of their dear, sweet younger brother|
|The hotdish consisted of a potato croquette with stewed short ribs and a delicious gravy, topped with a corn garnish|
|This was such a delicious, light plate.|
My cousin's girlfriend is quite the mixologist, so at this point she made a round of old fashioneds.
We also took a break to take our annual apron photo. The group was quite large and the younger generation got involved this year!
|My nephew Matthew and me.|
Plate 5 was a smoke brisket slider. The gluten free bun was delicious! I rarely get a chance to eat homemade gluten free products so I especially appreciate it when my loved ones go to the effort to make bread for my cousin (who has celiac) and me.
|We had a serve-yourself slider bar. I topped mine with coleslaw that my mom made. My brother smoked the brisket. It was so good!|
I was STUFFED by the end of the meal, but I think the portion sizes were more manageable this year. Plus we eat this meal over the course of several hours. Everyone left with full tummies and more importantly, full hearts.
It was such a wonderful event and I just love that my family has kept this going for 8 years. The event seems to grow each year so I'm especially thankful that people in my family have homes that are large enough to accommodate a group of this size. There's just no way we'd fit that many people in our small 1,300 square foot home!
I can't wait to see what we come up with next year!
If you had to pick a dish that represents the region where you live, what would you pick?