Do you have any recipes that are staples in your holiday traditions? My mom and I were discussing this the other day, and for me, it's chocolate chip cookies. They are my most requested cookie for Christmas, and I've made them so much, I no longer need to look up the ingredients. I know it all by heart. For mom, it's her banana pudding. When we think of our holiday meal at mom's, banana pudding is one of the first things that comes to mind. She makes a batch for Christmas dinner each year, plus makes additional to send home with Jason and my sister because it is just such a beloved dessert.
When you host holiday dinners, you know that there's usually leftovers. Moms always want to send their kids home with full bellies plus pack away some of the leftovers for the kids to enjoy later. I think my mom quickly learned that packing the leftovers and her gift of additional banana pudding in her every day dishware was a bad idea. When you're sending your good dishes out the door with 4 different kids, chances are, you aren't going to see those dishes again for a really long time, if ever. Her solution was to stock up on Rubbermaid TakeAlongs.
I honestly can't remember a Christmas that Rubbermaid hasn't been included in our festivities. I always use the rectangular food storage containers to securely house my cookies and cupcakes, and mom always chooses the round ones for her banana pudding gifts. Every time I picture mom's banana pudding, I always imagine it in colorful Rubbermaid TakeAlongs topped with a holiday bow.
Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are the perfect vessel for holiday food storage and gift giving because the Quik Clik Seal™ keeps food secure and prevents spills. The soft lid grips the container tightly for a great seal, but also has a large tab that makes for easy opening. Additionally, the containers are microwavable, plus top rack dishwasher and freezer safe, making them no fuss, no muss. And, since they are so inexpensive, mom doesn't have to worry about not getting them back. I'm pretty sure my siblings have a nice collection of Rubbermaid TakeAlongs in their kitchens, courtesy of mom's cooking.
It's funny, my mom has shared every one of her recipes with me over the years, but I think it's been kind of an unspoken rule to not ask for the pudding recipe, because making that each year is just her thing. But, this weekend I did the unthinkable and did just that. I firmly believe that if I weren't mom's favorite child (we all think we are, right?) she probably wouldn't have handed it over. But, she did, and now my holiday gift to you is her secret banana pudding recipe.
Don't EVER insult mom by asking if she makes her pudding with a box mix. Nope. It's all from scratch. You start with a base layer of vanilla wafer cookies in your Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. Top those with some banana slices. Next, add on the homemade pudding. Repeat with one additional layer. Then, you want to make it look presentable for gifting, so you top the last layer with some crushed wafers, add on a few full sized wafers and banana slices. Place the lid on the container, top with a holiday bow, and you are all set.
Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are available in limited edition red, green and prints for the holiday season. You can find them in stores from 10/29-12/24. I found mine on the end cap of the food storage aisle at my local Walmart.
Be sure to check out ShareTheHoliday.com to see how others are using Rubbermaid TakeAlongs for their holiday meals and snacks. Also, get inspiration on how to dress up them up with ribbons and bows for gifting to your family and friends this Christmas.
What are the staples in your holiday meals each year? Do you like to give or receive food gifts at Christmas?