The smell of ginger for the holidays. It may conjure up memories of home, of rolling out the gingerbread dough, of baking and making gingerbread cookies. While you celebrate with family and friends, make some new memories and fill the kitchen with ginger with these three recipes.
Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Sauce
Whether you make your gingerbread cake from scratch or from a box, this simple recipe provides a sweet sauce to drizzle over the top, combining slaw-type dressing with cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemons and half and half (cream).
Mustard Mashed Sweet Potatoes
A favorite of many families during the holidays, sweet potatoes infused with ginger are just what the kitchen ordered. Four simple ingredients – sweet potatoes, honey mustard, butter or margarine and ground ginger – in a large bowl with your electric mixer is sure to be a hit at your holiday mixer. Pair it with your favorite meat entrée. More details are here.
This time of year, when the weather turns cold, turn up the stove for this ginger custard made with Ginger puree, vanilla bean, egg yolks, cream and sugar. Once simmered, whisk the yolks and the sugar with cream. Then dial up the oven to a bake. Makes for a unique sweet alternative to the typical Christmas fare. Step by step instructions are here.
Ginger has other properties, besides good taste. One of those could come in handy aftermany of us overindulge during the holidays: it can settle an upset stomach. More about ginger’s possible health benefits from the Good Housekeeping Institute.