Mama's German Chocolate Cake
Christmas Eve dinner has remained the exact same meal in my family for as long as I've been alive: goulash, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, and Mama's German Chocolate Cake. It's a strange combination, but these dishes were a signature of my grandmother, Alpha Pool (that was her real name), who cooked the dinner each year. This cake was the perennial family favorite, and if you were lucky, you might also get one on your birthday. Since Mama died, my mother, Veda, has continued the tradition and recently taught me how to make it. --From the kitchen of Jessica Shapard Thuston, homes editor.Prep: 20 minutes; Bake: 25 minutes; Freeze: 1 hour.