Treating friends, neighbors and business partners like family is part of the Latham legacy. John and Chris’ grandma, Evelyn Latham, was one secret to the early success of Latham Seeds. While her husband, Willard, conducted business at the kitchen table, Evelyn was known for serving up homemade treats and bottomless cups of coffee.
If you’ve ever visited the South – whether Colonial Williamsburg or Silver Dollar City – you’ll see pineapples symbolize southern hospitality. Several spouses of Latham dealers and employees found themselves treated to southern hospitality yesterday by Debbie Dance Uhrig, the Master Craftsman who teaches at Silver Dollar City’s Midwest Living® Culinary & Craft School.
The symbol of hospitality during Colonial times was pineapple, or the crowned fruit. As the tradition grew, innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs and advertisements. Pineapples were carved into bedposts across the colonies. Even today the pineapple motif remains a favorite of architects, artisans and craftsmen.
Isn’t it interesting how some traditions withstand the test of time? In the tradition of southern hospitality, Debbie demonstrated how to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake in a skillet. Her presentation was certainly entertaining and delightful, but the best part was sampling the finished product! We’re sharing the recipe with you today, so you can enjoy it at home.
While I enjoy spending “me time” in the kitchen, I also enjoy learning tips and sampling regional fare during my travels. I highly recommend treating yourself to a class at Silver Dollar City if you have the opportunity. And if you’re ever in New Orleans, check out the New Orleans School of Cooking. Click here to read about my experience there.
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