Food & Wine (November 2014)
Trifles have long been the go-to dessert for Zach's mom Brenda.
Any time of year, for just about any occasion, she'd whip up a trifle. In the summer, it'd be ladyfingers layered with fresh berries and cream. In colder months, she'd make coffee tiramisu trifles -- dipping the ladyfingers in strong coffee and then laying in chocolate and mocha cream.
In fact, there's a funny family story about Brenda and trifles (a story that also happens to tell you a whole lot about Brenda as a person).
See, in the small Tennessee town where Zach grew up -- especially back in the day -- ladyfingers were often hard to find. You could usually hunt them down around Christmas, but they didn't really show up much during the rest of the year.
One time, Brenda came home from town with bags -- bags -- full of packages of ladyfingers. There must have been 30 packages. She'd found a good supply and bought every last package in the store, which she planned to freeze and use in trifles later on.
The reason Brenda bought out the store's entire supply of ladyfingers? She wanted to "stock up before the hoarders could get to 'em."