Family Traditions - Recipes

One of the greatest things about having a wedding is sharing the union of your love with your closest friends and family. There’s no better way to welcome your new spouse into your family than by sharing a special family tradition with them. While older cultural wedding traditions are being replaced with new, more unique ideas, it seems that religious and family traditions still hold strong and are often some of the most memorable, heartfelt moments at a wedding. 

One of our favorite gift ideas for a wedding present is creating a family cookbook. Gifting the newlyweds with a collection of special recipes gathered from friends and family members on both sides is something truly special.  Oftentimes, family members have recipes that have been passed down through the lineage and have become a very important piece of the families history and bond. A personalized wedding cookbook is a great way to symbolize the joining of two families. 


Instead of having a traditional bridal shower, you could throw a recipe shower and have all guests bring along a copy of their favorite family recipes. We've even seen people create a little memoir with heartfelt notes, family photos, history, and the recipes all compiled into one awesome and very meaningful book! This homemade collaborative project becomes a truly beautiful gift that can be treasured forever.


To help you get started we want to share one of our favorite recipes with you. From the Riverwood Family to yours:


Buttermilk Biscuits

 Photo: Ron Manville

Photo: Ron Manville

Pre heat oven to 425F

  • 2 ¼  C  Flour
  • 6 T Butter (Freeze, then grate w/ cheese grater, keep cold until ready to use)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 T Granulated sugar
  • 1 T Baking powder
  • 6 oz Buttermilk

Sift the dry ingredients until well blended
Toss shredded butter to lightly coat with dry mix
Add buttermilk and stir lightly until just combined
On a lightly floured surface gently knead 2 times
Lightly flour surface and roll dough until ½” thick
Cut with biscuit cutter for round or a knife for square biscuits
Place biscuits on lightly sprayed sheet pan (or line pan w/ parchment paper), sides gently touching. For a crisper biscuit leave ½” space between each biscuit


Bake at 425°F until the tops are golden brown aprox. 10-14 minutes depending on biscuit size.
Remove from oven and brush with melted butter if desired

 Photo: Ron Manville

Photo: Ron Manville


Recipe by Debbie Sutton, co owner of Riverwood Mansion, founder and executive chef of 8 Lavender Lane Catering and Events