What’s Cookin’? The Christmas Edition

From Thanksgiving until Christmas, I turn into a cooking machine. I bet you do, too!

I thought I’d share a few things that have come out of my kitchen and the recipes that made them great:

Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball from Cooking Light

Cheese Ball

Gingerbread Boys from Southern Living

gingerbread

Eggnog Ice Cream from Use Real Butter

Eggnog Icecream

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake from Cooking Light

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

I’ve also made Honey Yeast Rolls + Baby Blue Salad from Southern Living and Legendary Bookout Dressing + Gran’s Birthday Bread Pudding from yours truly. And that just scratches the surface! What is coming out of your kitchen?

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Gran’s Birthday Bread Pudding

This is my Gran. I pinched her (just like my Granddad used to) to get her to smile for this picture. That grin is for real, and that’s why I love, love, love the shot.

She’s everything you’d want a grandmother to be. She sews Christmas ornaments by hand and cooks divine biscuits and gravy. She gives the best hugs. When I grow up, I want to be just like her.

On February 6, my sassy Granny turned 90. Today, my family got together to celebrate. I brought bread pudding for the birthday girl.

I saved a piece for you!

Gran’s Birthday Bread Pudding

4 cups milk or almond milk

1/4 cup melted butter

4 large eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 (16 oz) loaf of your favorite bread, cut into small cubes.

(We used Italian)

1 cup white chocolate chips

Optional for chocolate lovers: 1/2 cup semi-sweet chips

Gran Approved.

* Combine milk through the vanilla in a blender or food processor.

*Add some of the crust from your bread. This should equal about 1/4 of the loaf. Blend the mixture together until smooth.

*Pour over your bread cubes and stir, stir, stir. The bread should soak up a good portion of the liquid. Let it sit for a bit until the liquid is gone and the bread is soggy.

*Stir in your chips.

*Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish. (I used a 2 1/2 quart Corningwear) Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes. If you like, you can crank up the temp to broil for the last minute or so to get a lovely crust on top.