Talking about Christmas foods and recipes for the season.
It’s Christmas season. My favorite cooking season. Do you know why? Because I get to make all the sweet candies and cookies and Oooo…International Delights brings back their Peppermint Mocha Creamer…yummy!
When I cook for Christmas I always incorporate chocolate, cherries, mint, and more chocolate!
So, I want to share this recipe I just created because I love chocolate and cherries together!
Cherry Cordial Cupcakes
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 can of Cherry Pie filling.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Cut a hole in the cupcakes. Be sure to keep the tops. Fill each cupcake with some of the cherry pie filling. Put the tops back onto the cupcakes.
Frost with your favorite frosting when cool.
2 boxes of corn bread pre-made (Jiffy mix if possible)
1/2 cup celery
1/2 cup diced green onions
3 cans of chicken broth (14.5 ounce cans)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 box stove top stuffing with seasoning
1/2 cup diced bell peppers
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
First, cook cornbread using the directions on the box. In a large medium mixing bowl crumble in the cornbread and add all the other ingredients. Mix ingredients until smooth and creamy. Preheat oven to 375°. In a baking dish add all ingredients and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Sharing on Thanksgiving and How I miss my mother, Patt
When we get older we forget about the traditions and the things handed down by our parents. We can stray away from their teachings.
When I was younger, my mother used to always cook with us. On Holidays we always were responsible for making a dish. As a mother myself I never thought much about cooking with my kids. I am a control freak when it comes to those things and I am always sure that they are going to mess things up or burn the house down.
I would let them watch me cook in the kitchen. My 4 year old seemed to really like that. She and I would sit around and watch Rachel Ray cook her amazing 30 minute meals. It clicked for me one day when my 4 year old decided that she loved to cook and wanted to be a chef when she grew up.
I was excited for her and told my husband that we should sign her up for these cooking classes so she can learn to cook. He stopped me and said “Why don’t you teach her?” Now I had thought about this but I was worried that with my writing career taking off and a new baby I would not have the time to teach her.
We signed her for the classes and she was so happy to cook and would bring stuff home for us to try. The first thing she brought home did not look appetizing. She so badly wanted me to try it so I had to pretend to eat it. It just looked so awful. Meal after schooled cooked meal sent home was just horrible.
I realized that I was forgetting how great it could be to cook with kids. It was as if my mother smacked on the head from heaven. My mother did it with us all the time and the meals would come out fabulous. I realized that I was paying for someone else to teach her to cook and the food was not looking good.
I vowed that I would prioritize my time better so that my daughter would learn to cook some good food. I want her to learn it from me just like I learned from my mother. I know times are changing and women are not stuck in the kitchen slaving away while the man goes to work, but this is not just cooking because a man may want you to cook.
This is a tradition and I would be letting my mother down if I let my daughters leave my house without knowing how to cook a decent meal. I can just hear her now…
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
― Julia Child