Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Traditions—by Lulu Taylor, “Delicious and Suspicious”

delicious and suspiciousHi y’all—it’s Lulu here. I’ve spent all day in the kitchen cooking and I think I’m too pooped to eat right now!

Of course, at Aunt Pat’s (that’s my barbeque restaurant), we’re all about baked beans, coleslaw, and barbequed ribs. With some banana pudding thrown in, too, of course! But I try to change things up a little bit for the holidays—just for fun, you know. So I’ll put colored lights up all over the porch and put some special food items on the menu. I’ve got pecan clusters, Bourbon ball cookies, red velvet cakes, and some mini peach cobblers. And we even trade in sweet tea for eggnog. :) Folks just love our special menu and our regulars know that when they see these goodies on the menu that Christmas must be right around the corner.

Santa Claus even makes a special appearance at Aunt Pat’s. Every year Santa sets up on the front porch in a rocking chair (did y’all know he’s a huge barbeque fan? Well, he is!) and parents bring their children over to tell him what they want for Christmas.

Another thing I like to do at the restaurant is to play holiday music. We’ve even got Aunt Pat’s set up on a real, modern sound system. The only problem is that my son, Ben—you know, he’s the cook now—has decided that the restaurant’s music selection should be just as modern as its sound system. That’s right—he wants to play some of the pop Christmas hits. But for me, nothing beats the classics. Give me some Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, and Bing Crosby anytime!

But maybe I’m just a fuddy-duddy and should get with the 21st century. What do y’all favor? The old Christmas songs or the new releases by hit artists?

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6, 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig


  1. I agree with sticking with the old Christmas favorites, Lula. You can't go wrong there. But, maybe throw one or two new ones in here and there just to keep peace in the family.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. I like my Christmas music with a kick. That usually means new twists on old favorites. Right now, the Glee Christmas album is number one on my playlist.

  3. I like to listen to the old favorite Christmas music and listen to a few of the new ones coming out.

  4. Mason--That's a good idea! Maybe I can get a music track put together with a mixture. Maybe a 60-40 mix. Or an 80-20 mix. Or... :)

    Shel--Good idea! Maybe remakes of the classics would be easier for my old ears to handle.

    Dru--Maybe I just need an introduction to some of the newer music and I'd like it better.

  5. I like it all! Right now my favorite is Christmas Canon, which is a mix of both. :)

  6. Many of your customers and staff like the Blues . . .

  7. Sounds great, Lulu! Now I'm craving bourbon ball cookies though... As for music, I like to mix it up, but what I really like is the Nutcracker...

  8. I like all the Christmas music, anything upbeat that puts a dance in your step is amazing and then there are times where you want it slow and relaxing! I did baking today and made some yummy buckeyes for our cookie exchange!

  9. I like the old singers but some of the newr ones have pretty good Christmas music. so play both.

  10. I like a little bit of both, but prefer the old favorites as done by different performers. Each year I get one or two new CDs to add to the collection. I love Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr, Leon Redbone, Elf soundtrack, Elvis...sigh...Elvis....

  11. Heather--That sounds like one I need to listen to.

    Janet--An excellent suggestion! That's what I like best, too. :)

    Hart--There's nothing like Tchaikovsky to put me in the Christmas mood!

    Shelly--Buckeyes sound fantastic right now...with any kind of music!

    Nancy--I'll have to give them a go!

    Vickie--The King! Oh, we're all about the King in Memphis. :)

  12. I like both, the old and the new Christmas songs.