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Since I was a little boy, our major family holiday tradition has been food. The season began annually with the arrival of eggnog. All the boys in the house would wait what felt like the whole year for this elixir to arrive in the store shelves. It would come home by the bundle of cartons and we would consume it like giant hummingbirds running around the house. Food was what always brought everyone together.
But even more near and dear to the heart were the homemade dishes. Primarily the desserts.
As I grew older, my mother encouraged me to cook and I took to it like a Labrador to water.
Now, I love sharing the intricacies with my own family. Learning the fundamentals of a cookie. The care it takes to make the crust of a pie. One unfortunate night when I was just under 10, I learned “1/4 tsp salt” did NOT mean 1-4 tablespoons of salt. Ah, fractions and abbreviations, how mysterious you were to me. That was not an edible batch of snickerdoodles, by the way.
Oh, the desserts. We made cookies and pies, puddings and jellos, and the “specials.” Specials like pinwheels which were made of leftover pie crust and looked like mini cinnamon rolls. As I honed my skills, one recipe, simple though it is, became one of my favorites.
Chocolate Log is my Holiday Care Tradition
A simple pairing of chocolate wafers and homemade whipped cream. Using heavy whipping cream and a few tablespoons of sugar, I would whip and whip with a little electric beater just until the cream became puffy. Then, using a large flat plate (or in our case, a baking sheet), I would spread the perfect amount of whipped cream onto the chocolate wafer and align them like a bundle of logs. After letting it set in the refrigerator for a few hours, I would remove my Chocolate Log and serve to the whole family. Simple and sweet with no real guidelines, just like the holidays should be.
Not only did I get to help my mom make the food, but I was proud to serve one of the favorite dishes of the holidays. Chocolate Log became as much as part of the season as Santa himself.
To this day, it still makes me proud. I love being able to make everyone happy and help – in my own small way – bring everyone together.
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