In the Hodgkins household, we care about food. My dad is a culinary school graduate. My parents used to own an ice cream shop. My boyfriend knows that I love a good cookbook and gives me new cookbooks for each birthday and Christmas gift. Even my sister said she was won over by her partner because of his fantastic meatball recipe.
When it comes to holidays, we pull out all the stops with our family dishes. It’s the one time of year where we can combine tradition and celebration through our culinary masterpieces. Is it the 4th of July? My dad is out on the smoker making his pulled pork barbecue and mom is putting together the blueberry-lemon pie. How about Christmas Eve? We have the feast of the seven fishes ready to go on the dinner table. Is Super Bowl Sunday even considered a holiday? Definitely in our house, complete with steak tip sandwiches and fresh cut fries.
With all of these delicious things to look forward to, there is only one dish that makes my entire year. On Christmas morning, my family makes French Breakfast muffins. Muffins, you ask? Seriously? What is so great about muffins? Well, everything. The soft, warm, buttery flavor. The sugar coating. The sweet smell as the come out of the oven. Now that I’m older, I care more about eating these muffins on Christmas morning rather than opening gifts.
We only have these muffins once a year, which makes breakfast on Christmas morning that much more special. And being able to share the excitement with my family is the icing on the cake. Thanks to my mom, I’m happy to share the recipe with you all. Try these out during your holiday season and let us know what you think. Seasons eating’s, Pixie Chicks!
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Article by KELLY HODGKINS
Illustrations by SEBASTIAN SEMAN