Dad wouldn’t turn on heat until December 24th, regardless of how cold the fall . Finally. Warm toilet seats, peanut butter that didn’t have to be shaved out of the jar with an ice scraper, and my nose warmer than the dog’s.
What’s your idea of a perfect Christmas meal?
Corn pudding cockaigne, scalloped oysters, asparagus (asparaguses?...nobody agrees on the plural of asparagus) with hollandaise, baked butternut squash purèe, plenty of ketchup, and roast turkey with a breaded sausage-vegetable stuffing.
Do you have a dish that has become a tradition with your family?
The dish with pounds of M&Ms on the coffee table -- how many could we eat Christmas morning with toothpaste residue still on our teeth and before the blueberry pancake breakfast?
What’s the best Christmas present you ever received?
My dingbat tyke daughters would wrap tools in aluminum foil they’d swiped from my workshop, topped with bows ripped off other presents. They gave me my hammer four years in a row. Best pre-owned hammer I’d been given numerous times.
What’s the best Christmas present you ever gave?
Christmas 1976. Three months married to my French wife, I give her an Italian black Fiat 124 Spider sports car. Je vous aime M. Dingue. I love you Mr. Goofy.
What are your favorite Christmas movies?
White Christmas, A Christmas Story, Jaws (...that’s a daughter and me thing,) and the 1951 version of Scrooge with Alastair Sim.
What’s your favorite Christmas carol?
Irving Berlin’s “Sisters.” My daughters sing it every Christmas, and after twenty years neither of the numb-nuts has a complete-handle on the lyrics.
What’s your idea of a perfect holiday season?
Recipes...My dad used a hybrid recipe coupled with cooking intuition. This recipe is the closest to the one I remember due to the addition of an egg. I was the one who started using red pepper and or diced chillies, this recipe is more of a souffle...if the darned thing rises.
Last but not least is the one I use today. It's off of a box of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix. It's the quickest and most reliable.
The eggs help a lot. The first recipe can end more as a soup because of the water content in the corn. (although it tastes good.)
The Jiffy Casserole is foolproof and definitely the easiest, 1- it's canned corn with a defined water content, and 2- the sour cream.If you use the Rotel, drain the paJesus out of it.
If you use fresh corn, either use a corn stripper or use a knife and cut the kernels quite close to the cob. Do not scrape any remains from the cob. The kernels are meant to be more or less intact.
Corn Pudding Cockaigne
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
To 2-3 cups fresh corn or frozen corn thawed.
1/4 c. sugar
2 Tb. flour
1 cup heavy cream + 1/2 c. milk
1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp white pepper
4eggs and add to mix
Melt 1/2 stick of butter in baking dish, tilt and add to corn mixture. Then pour corn mixture back into baking dish.
Bake the pudding for about 1 hour.
Yield: 4 servings
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