A Labor of Love

Kentucky Bourbon Ball

This week our cooking schedule is a little different to account for our preparation for St. Gertrude Gator Gourmet on Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30-8pm. We'd love to see you there, tickets are $25 and can be purchased at saintgertrude.org/gatorgourmet. We're attempting to make a run for the "Best Dessert" prize with our Kentucky Bourbon Balls, so we'd love to borrow your taste buds and your vote too.

Making Bourbon Balls is a very methodical sequence of steps, usually over a series of days, that allows for a lot of mind wandering. I usually always reflect back to my first several attempts at following my mother-in-law's recipe, in which I probably wasn't giving enough appreciation to the skill and craft that goes into making this tiny treat. I recall the unrecognizable clumps of mush and the frustration I felt at not being able to make this recipe. 

It wasn't until I asked her to make them alongside me that I finally made an edible Bourbon Ball, maybe not so pretty but delicious and recognizable. These days when I look at the hundreds of Bourbon Balls that I make in large batches, it's like looking at little works of art.

So when I catch myself wondering why my friends and neighbors, who anxiously await their annual allocation of Christmas Bourbon Balls, don't just hop on the internet and download a recipe to make their own, I remind myself of my own first attempts. Not everyone has a family member to pass down a craft or a tradition. I am hopeful I can pass my expertise down to generations, but in the meantime I'll appreciate that some people just want to appreciate my craft without all the work.

We make lots of other delicious food too! Check out this week's delicious line up and treat yourself or loved ones to a Support Supper. Or, plan ahead with our dates and menus posted through the end of June at supportsuppers.com. Thanks for your Support!