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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Eggnog, Two Ways

The Attitude Adjustment Section
For today, and today only, this segment will be called the “attitude” adjustment section, because I know I have a bad one and I think a little booze might help, and my skin is dry. Don’t worry, I will explain in a minute. Today it's all about the wretched Eggnog, what to do with it. There are a million recipes on the Internet for eggnog from an eggnog martini to a banana eggnog smoothie to an eggnog cheesecake to vegan eggnog, but I have narrowed it down to 2 recipes.

First, the Classic Booze-filled Beverage. Note this is the real deal recipe made with raw eggs, so be careful. Make sure you buy fresh eggs $#151; organic would be good — and don’t serve to any pregnant women. DUH!

4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar, divided into two 1/4 cups
1/2 cup white rum
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups bourbon
1 cup heavy cream, divided in two 1/2 cups
Ground nutmeg

Separate the eggs. Put yolks into the bowl of your electric mixer and beat with 1/4 cup of the sugar. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites, gradually sprinkle in the other 1/4 cup of sugar, and whip till stiff. Gently fold together whites and yolks. Gently stir in rum. Then stir in milk. Then stir in bourbon. Now stir in half the heavy cream. Whip the other 1/2 cup of cream and fold into mixture. Serve topped with a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg.

And now for something completely different. If the thought of this beverage turns your stomach, here’s a recipe for an Eggnog Skin Cream from a book called Natural Beauty for all seasons by Janice Cox.

2 egg yolks
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon rum
1/4 cup Canola, almond, or walnut oil

Put everything but the oil in the blender. Then, while mixer is running, slowly pour in oil to thicken mixture. This creates a “...light lubricating lotion. A real skin saver during the holiday season.” It’s great for the skin because eggs are naturally rich in lecithin, which is often called nature’s emulsifier. Also great to add to your bath water. Careful — you’re soaking in it!