Pumpkins showed up in my Kroger this week, but summer’s hanging around like a lazy tiger breathing down our collective necks. The calendar may say September but make no mistake – fall hasn’t arrived yet
My friends, Caroline and Norma, are part of an enormous family — totaling almost 50 in the immediate crew at last count. So when the family gathers to celebrate the birthday of its matriarch, Caroline Harrell, it is a daunting task to feed everyone.
Norma and her daughter-in-law “little Caroline” Harrell, carried it off with pizzazz and not a lot
They wrapped the potatoes in foil and baked them as usual (that was the hottest job which Norma did in one sitting because she has two ovens to support her large family). They placed the condiments out (many packaged) and let everyone help themselves.
All the ” fixing” were available such as cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped jalapeño.\, chopped ham – well you can see the spread. They rounded off the feast with a bag salad and of course, birthday cake!
Next time I have a porch party, I’m serving a potato bar set up just inside the front door. In fact, I can add chopped turkey and call it “Thanksgiving.” Brilliant, Caroline and Norma. Now, may I borrow that huge wooden vessel. That’s what pulled it all together.