Holiday Cooking Tips & Programs To Boost Your Spirits

Chances are, your holidays are going to look a little different this year.  But, don’t let it get you down!  Instead, take charge of the change that is surrounding us and run with it!  We’ve asked your friendly Neon Entertainment agents to share some of their favorite holiday recipes with you so you can roll with the winds of change and try something new!

Scott Talarico: President of Neon Entertainment & Agent shares his favorite “Meatball Chocolate Chip Cookie” recipe.  Scott looks back at making these as one of his favorite holiday memories growing up, baking cookies with his mom.  He reflects on these moments saying “Since I was focusing on the final product I never learned the art of baking, but it was an event I looked forward to every year.  Even though the final product couldn’t come fast enough the time spent helping my mom was always one of my most vivid memories of the holidays. I no longer have my mom to share the memory so I have started to bake my favorite meatball chocolate chip cookies myself. Even though I manage to mess up the recipe each year it still brings me to a fun place!”  Below is the recipe for the meatball cookies.  If you’re a chocolate person, love sugar (They’re actually rolled in sugar), and want a lot of cookies then this is the recipe for you!

INGREDIENTS:
6 Eggs
2 cups of Milk
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons of orange extract
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of baking sticks
2 cups of sugar
12 teaspoons of baking powder
1 package of chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup of cocoa
10 cups flour
DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients.
Roll in a ball and dip in sugar
Bake at 350 on a greased pan

David Milberg: David is a long-time agent at Neon and one of his favorite holiday recipes is  for Matzo Balls or Knadel.  If you’ve never made them before, we think you’ll find them easy to make.

1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup Matzo Meal
-pour water over meal and stir until absorbed
Add and Mix:
5 Tablespoons Chicken Fat
2 beaten eggs
1 Teaspoon Salt, pepper, nutmeg and chopped parsley
Put in refrigerator for one hour
Roll into 1 inch balls and drop into a large pot of boiling water, cover.
Cook 30 minutes
Add to Chicken Soup/Broth

Lindsey Leonard: Lindsey is an agent at Neon as well and also resident Paint Social artist.  She has shared with us a very special recipe in honor of someone very special to her, her Aunt Lori.  Try your hand at this Creamed Corn Spoonbread:

INGREDIENTS:
1 stick of butter
1, 14.75 – ounce can cfream style corn
1, 15 – ounce can corn kernels, drained
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1, 8.5 – ounce box corn muffin mix (Jiffy)
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat over to 360 degrees F
Butter 2.5 – quart dish
Melt 1 stick butter and pour into a large bowl. Add Creamed corn and corn kernels and stir. Stir in sour cream, eggs, sugar and salt.
Add cornbread mix and stir.
Scrape into dish.
Bake until golden brown, nearly set in center. It will look slightly undercooked when its done.
Makes 12 servings!

Stephanie Ishman: Stephanie is a Neon agent and momma of two sweet kiddos.  She’s sharing her pan stuffing recipe (and I don’t know about all of you, but I’m ready for Thanksgiving after reading all of these!)  Here’s how she makes her pan stuffing:

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup chopped onion
1.5 cup chopped celery
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp thyme
9 heaping cups bread cubes
2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp sage
1/2 tsp pepper
DIRECTIONS:
Cook onion and celery in broth until onion is tender. Add spices to bread in big bowl and toss. Pour onion mixture on bread and toss. Put in pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake covered with foil at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 15-20 minutes. (CAN ALSO BE STUFFED INTO TURKEY [up to 14 lbs] AND COOKED LIKE TRADITIONAL STUFFING). 

Danny Mackey: Danny is your friendly Disney loving agent and his favorite recipe is Apple Crisp. This one is sure to be a hit with anyone you choose to share it with.

INGREDIENTS:
10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup water
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter, melted
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.

We know trying your hand at a new dish may be daunting.  So, if you’re still not sure about trying something new on your own, how about learning from a Pro!?  Check out our programs with virtual culinary expert, Chef Egg who will execute a 60 minute cooking lesson while teaching the group how to prepare a whole meal for the participants to enjoy after the class. We provide you with a variety of menu choices to learn about when you book your event.

In addition to Chef Egg’s live virtual cooking classes, be sure to check out our Poetry Slam Duo’s live virtual event, Lyrical Kitchen Creations with I.N.K..  We guarantee you’ll be both entertained and enlightened as Lane & Courageous of I.N.K. deliver a live and fully interactive poetry show with some culinary flair, streamed right to your couch…or in this case, kitchen.

For more info on these programs and more contact your Neon Entertainment agent at [email protected] or 800-993-NEON (6366)!