On Christmas Eve, we would light a fire in the fireplace, read the story of Jesus' birth and then tackle the presents. I loved waking up Christmas morning to tear into the Santa presents under the tree and spend the day in my pajamas surrounded by wrapping paper mess.
The holidays also make me miss my sweet grandpas. Both of my grandpas lived good, long lives, and we were blessed to have so many years with them. Al Chaparro and Jerry La Celle both served their country proudly, and are now laid to rest in National Cemeteries - Santa Fe National Cemetery and Arlington National Cemetery, respectively.
|Jerry La Celle|
Chocolate Pudding2/3 c granulated sugar
2 tablespoons + 1 tsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt
3 c milk (I used 1% cuz it's what we had in the fridge)
4 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional, but fantastic)
1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add 1/3 c of the milk, and stir to form a smooth paste. Whisk in the egg yolks and remaining milk.
Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and cocoa powder until smooth. Cover and chill at least two hours.
Serve with shaved chocolate, whipped cream, or just dig in like Grandpa would! Enjoy!