For those of us raised in the Southern United States, hospitality is a central theme of our lives. We have a strong desire to make people feel welcome, whether we’ve known a friend all our lives, or we’ve just met. When visitors drop by on Sunday afternoons, we offer cake and sweet iced tea, and perhaps an invitation to stay for supper.
When my extended family get together for holidays and special occasions, you’ll find many elements of Southern cooking on the menu— including squash, tomatoes, corn, black-eyed peas, okra, melons, and barbecue. You’ll also find us indulging in one of our favorites outdoor activities — sitting on the front porch, drinking sweet iced tea and visiting with friends and neighbors.
For an updated take on traditional sweet iced tea, try this caffeine-free raspberry hibiscus tea. You’ll be inspire to prop up your feet and relax after a hard day’s work.