If you use mealtime togetherness as a barometer for the well being of the American family, then it’s sunny skies ahead. Contrary to popular belief, most families do in fact eat dinner together most nights of the week according to the results of survey conducted on behalf of Welch’s®. The study posed several questions to 864 adults or guardians of children under 18, and found that 71 percent of respondents said their families eat dinner together as often or more today than their families did when they were children.
Family mealtimes are special occasions for most, with 84% of respondents agreeing that one of their favorite parts of the day is when their family eats meals or snacks together. That’s where we come in. For hundreds of years, our Mill has been in continuous operation, providing people with freshly milled grains, the raw materials that create fresh-baked magic in the kitchen. We’ve been supporting “homemade” since we started milling five generations ago.
Along with our bulk flour, corn meal and peanut flour, our family favorites, true southern specialties, are available in convenient baking mixes. Old, traditional recipes like our 18th Century Spoon Bread, Ginger Spice Cookies, and Helens Fruit Cobbler served fresh out of the oven have won many hearts over the years. And in today’s busy world, with everyone on the go, these delicious and convenient mixes help keep the longstanding tradition of fresh baked foods on the table. Fresh Hot Rolls with dinner, or warm Buttermilk Biscuits with breakfast add a special touch and a little more love to a family meal.
The study shows that family mealtime is still at the center of family life just as it’s always been. And the kitchen table is still the heart of the home. It serves as mission control, and when its not being used for playing games, homework, or arts and crafts, 94% of people surveyed said that the kitchen table, surrounded by family is the best place to eat.
Our favorite breadstick recipe is sure to please the whole family, and they are super fun to make with children. A simple red sauce would complement them, but they are completely delicious warm and fresh out of the oven when it’s cold outside.
1 ½ teaspoons yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons sugar or honey
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup of olive oil
3 cups bread flour
Make the dough using bread machine, paddle mixer or by hand… If making by hand or by mixer, sprinkle yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and knead/mix until slightly sticky dough forms. Roll out into a 10 x 12 inch rectangle. Cut it into strips about an inch wide, and add a few twists by hand. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheet and let rise for 20+ minutes if you have time. Bake at 400-degrees for about 15 minutes. Brush warm breadsticks with butter, sprinkle with your choice of garlic salt, Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds and herbs, or try a blend of cinnamon sugar. Enjoy!