All Mariah Carey Wants for Christmas Is to Cook with Love

She swears she’s really into cooking and baking, despite what the doubters think, and has plans to release a Christmas cookbook someday.

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Mariah Carey is really into Christmas – the music, the movies, Santa, the snow … and the baking and cooking, which she swears she does herself.

“I like to cook every year. I cook on the 23rd, 24th and 25th -- all different menus,” the singer says in a video interview with GQ magazine.

One of the dishes she cooks on Christmas Eve every year, she says, is from recipe that was left to her by her father before he died. But on Christmas itself, she says, “we do a traditional meal.”

“It took me a while to learn how to do the turkey. You have to know what you’re doing to make a turkey. You can’t poison people,” Carey notes.

OK, OK, the diva does have help.

“I’m not going to lie, I typically have a sous chef there,” she admits, “but I do have a very specific menu.”

What menu? Nope. Don’t bother asking. She’s not going to share the details “because one day I’m going to put out a Christmas cookbook.”

In it, we may find a recipe for German chocolate cake, which she says used to be one of her “favorite things to bake.”

Her original recipe may be lost. “I wish I could find it again,” she says, sounding wistful. “I want to [bake] that with my daughter [Monroe, 8] because she likes baking and cooking.”

Carey will share her secret ingredient, though: “Love, darling. Love.”

“You’ve got to cook with love,” she says. “If you don’t cook with love it’s not going to taste good.”

Yes, she knows what you’re thinking.

“People don’t believe that I cook … They think I’m lying. Like, lots of people are like, ‘She don’t cook.’ But the truth is that I do,” she insists. “ I actually love cooking.”

And while, as a general rule, she admits hasn’t really done a lot of cooking apart from this Christmas-cooking routine of hers, she contends that has changed of late.

“I’ve been cooking a little bit more recently because my kids kind of like it when I cook,” she says. “Even though it takes up a lot of time, it’s relaxing for me. Because I’m not thinking about business; I’m not thinking about anything else. I’m just down there in the kitchen cooking.”

All those doubters would “be surprised if they came over for dinner,” Carey says.

Never mind the sous chef.

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