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What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« on: November 20, 2007, 12:12:07 am »

I know some people have particularly strong feelings about this traditional seasonal drink.

So, how do you feel on the subject?

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I happen to totally love egg nog! :)



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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2007, 02:16:56 am »
I love eggnog, too!  Too bad it's so dang fattening, though.  ::)
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2007, 02:25:22 am »
Love it ;D Mom and Grandma use to make it and it was delicious but these days I steer clear of anything not pasturized.   Alta Dena dairy here in California makes one that is wonderful with honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, it's just right and so thick and creamy. 
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007, 09:27:37 am »
I've made it from scratch a few times.  If you use fresh, local eggs and lots of bourbon, no problem!  There's no comparison in taste to the pre-made stuff.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2007, 09:33:37 am »
My thoughts on eggnog? I'd like to try it. Sounds good  :).

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2007, 09:34:00 am »
I love it, too. I can't actually remember if I've ever had it with alcohol. But, like Meryl says, it's so rich I rarely have it anymore.  :(

Paul, I like your idea!  :D
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2007, 10:32:27 am »
My thoughts on eggnog? I'd like to try it. Sounds good  :).

Chrissi, here's a recipe:

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    * 2 eggs, beaten well
    * 3 tbs sugar
    * 1 tsp vanilla
    * 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ground
    * 2 1/3 cups milk

PREPARATION:
Blend all ingredients together and serve chilled.
If I made it, I would use homogenized eggs to avoid risk of salmonella. In practice, I usually just drink store-bought. I only have it once a year -- while trimming the Christmas tree, with alcohol. It's delicious.

I've made it from scratch a few times.  If you use fresh, local eggs and lots of bourbon, no problem!  There's no comparison in taste to the pre-made stuff.

Bourbon? I usually use brandy or rum!


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2007, 11:05:33 am »
The variety and range of response here is already interesting (in the poll and comments). 8)  Thanks for jumping in here.

I've tried it with both brandy and bourbon-whiskey and I like it both with and without alcohol depending on my mood.

The funny thing is, when I was very little I got sick soon after sipping a glass of egg nog... so for years I couldn't even stand to think about egg nog... because I associated it with getting sick.  But, in my teenage years, I completely grew out of that association.

And, now it's one of my favorite holiday treats.

I tend to be a fan of old-fashioned... and now somewhat odd holiday foods (like egg nog, figgy pudding, plum pudding, etc.).

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2007, 11:26:15 am »
The variety and range of response here is already interesting (in the poll and comments). 8)  Thanks for jumping in here.

I've tried it with both brandy and bourbon-whiskey and I like it both with and without alcohol depending on my mood.

The funny thing is, when I was very little I got sick soon after sipping a glass of egg nog... so for years I couldn't even stand to think about egg nog... because I associated it with getting sick.  But, in my teenage years, I completely grew out of that association.

And, now it's one of my favorite holiday treats.

I tend to be a fan of old-fashioned... and now somewhat odd holiday foods (like egg nog, figgy pudding, plum pudding, etc.).

Plum pudding is good!  :D
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2007, 11:30:30 am »
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2007, 11:41:30 am »
I do not like egg nog...at ALL. Tried it for the first time when I was a little boy, and found it absolutely foul. Have stayed away from it ever since.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2007, 11:44:46 am »
Chrissi, here's a recipe:
If I made it, I would use homogenized eggs to avoid risk of salmonella. In practice, I usually just drink store-bought. I only have it once a year -- while trimming the Christmas tree, with alcohol. It's delicious.



Homogenized eggs?  :o
Never heard of such a thing. I googled it (the German words for it), and sure enough, nothing came up. The raw eggs in the recipes are exactly what makes me hesitate  :-\. Otherwise I would have tried it already.
But thanks for the recipe anyway  :-*.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2007, 11:48:53 am »
Yes, pasteurized egg nog is often the preference for people who are really worried about the eggs in egg nog.


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2007, 12:10:59 pm »
I'm puzzeled about "homogenized eggs," too. Is that like Egg Beaters?
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2007, 12:39:59 pm »
Oh, I'm so sorry! I meant pasteurized eggs. (I knew it was something ending in "ize."  ::)) Pasteurized eggs are safe to eat raw. They taste just like regular eggs, though are a little more expensive. They're in the grocery store near the regular eggs.

Here's a brief article about them, if you're not familiar with them:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1272/is_n2611_v124/ai_18232465

Egg Beaters or other "egg product" would also work, though might not be as good.

This is probably more than you wanted to know, but whenever I make scrambled eggs -- which is often -- I make half real egg and half Egg Beaters. They're perfectly good. But pure Egg Beaters aren't that good, IMO.



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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2007, 12:58:51 pm »
I voted - I love it with alcohol in it.
That's the only way I enjoy it!


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2007, 12:59:48 pm »
Oh, I'm so sorry! I meant pasteurized eggs. (I knew it was something ending in "ize."  ::)) Pasteurized eggs are safe to eat raw. They taste just like regular eggs, though are a little more expensive. They're in the grocery store near the regular eggs.


Guess what!  :laugh:

Yep, pasteurized eggs are unknown here, too. You can't buy them in the supermarket. But it's ok.
I think I will just add alcohol to it, then it's not for the children anyway  ;D. I am not worried about raw eggs as long as my kids don't eat/drink it.


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2007, 01:04:00 pm »
Thanks for the clarification, Katherine.

I think I agree with you about Egg Beaters. My dad uses them because he has cholesterol issues. He's made me scrambled eggs using them, and between the Egg Beaters, and using PAM cooking spray in the frying pan ...  :P .
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2007, 01:32:04 pm »
Chrissi, there are packaged egg nogs that are-pasteurized, and since I don't know no different, they taste good to me.  The idea of raw eggs is pretty gaggy to me. 

I know this probably won't get much enthusiasm, but the last three or so years, I've been buying an aseptic carton or two of vegan egg nog and we like that well enough.  It's a once or twice a Christmas season thing for me.

Anyway, Chrissi, my guess is you would like it, if you like the flavors of German Christmas cookies - plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon.


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2007, 01:33:41 pm »
Chrissi, here's a recipe:

Katherine, good to see you're having a nice, uneventful, relaxing day, perfect for posting recipes.  :)

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2007, 02:21:39 pm »
Katherine, good to see you're having a nice, uneventful, relaxing day, perfect for posting recipes.  :)

 :laugh: :laugh:

It's kind of unsettling to have mixed up two common English words already today. I may need an eggnog or six when I get home tonight.

Note to others: as Elle knows, I'm taking a big test today. So instead of studying, here I am scouring the internet for eggnog recipes!




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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2007, 02:26:05 pm »
This year I might try getting non-fat prepared egg nog (sometimes hard to find, but it still tastes good) and blending it with fat-free Reddi-Whip from a can (one of the greatest inventions of mankind).  That will give it a creamy taste without the extra calories.  8)

I remember visiting my parents in Arizona once, and their idea of lunch was sandwiches on diet bread, made with eggbeaters and nonfat cheese slices.  They seemed to thrive on non-food!  :P  :)

Good luck on your test, Katherine!  :)
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2007, 04:24:07 pm »
Good luck on your test, sister-mod!




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From Elle:
Chrissi, there are packaged egg nogs that are-pasteurized, and since I don't know no different, they taste good to me.

Yes, and you can even buy them in Germany. Not in any supermakret, but at specialized mail order selling. It's 'only' 15 Euro per quart (including shipping). That's more than 21$!

 :o :o :o


Maybe there's a market niche. How much is a quart of prepared pasteurized eggnog in the US? Maybe that's what I'll do with our baking house: become an eggnog dealer.  ;)  :laugh:

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2007, 04:26:24 pm »
A big ick for me...never even liked it as a kid.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2007, 04:45:48 pm »
I once drank an entire quart of egg nog when I was a little kid and I was nauseated and sick for a couple of days. I don't know why I did that. I guess I was seeking a sugar buzz. It took me years before I could even think about egg nog again. But I have been drinking it over these past few holidays. I only buy egg nog from the grocery store. I like to drink it every once in awhile around Christmas time. It's even better when I put some alcohol in it. :)

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2007, 05:24:24 pm »
A whole quart!  :o

No wonder you were sick!
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #26 on: November 20, 2007, 10:48:09 pm »
Love egg nog! With whiskey or rum.

I'd drink more of it if it weren't so bad for one's system!  :laugh:

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #27 on: November 20, 2007, 11:31:25 pm »

      This seems to be one of those food items.. Like oysters.. when you say you don't like it...people say but I bet
you havent tried it this way...or other... 
      So far,, no thanks..i dont like it, any way.



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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2007, 11:36:39 pm »
Maybe there's a market niche. How much is a quart of prepared pasteurized eggnog in the US? Maybe that's what I'll do with our baking house: become an eggnog dealer.  ;)  :laugh:

When I go to the store next, I'll try to remember to check the prices.

You have a baking house?  What is a baking house?

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #29 on: November 21, 2007, 08:54:51 am »
You have a baking house?  What is a baking house?

A baking house is a baking house is a baking house  ;) ;D.

The left one is the baking house, the right one the main house:



Among many other things, it has been a bakery once. The left house was the actual bakery, where the goods were made and baked (therefore baking house). But the salesroom was in the main house. There had been an additional entrance instead of the lower middle window.


And that's part of the oven inside the baking house, it fills a whole room:




The baking house is not used yet and my husband and father-in-law have started renovating it. We don't know yet what to do with the baking house, maybe open a shop in it. But what kind of shop? That's where the idea about becoming an eggnog dealer came from  :laugh:

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2007, 10:50:52 am »
I love it -- it's very rich, so I'm glad that I can get it only during the holidays around here, or I'd probably drink too much and get sick of it. As it is -- just for holiday time ---- YUMMY!!
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2007, 11:52:04 am »


Wow Chrissi!  Thanks for sharing the pictures and info about your baking house!  Really interesting looking structure... It's amazing the new things we learn about one another all the time.
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2007, 12:29:38 pm »
Egg nog is a complete mystery to me. Do you just mix the milk and the eggs, the alcohol (if you want any) and the spices and that's it? Without using any heat?  Do you use an electric blender?

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2007, 01:41:37 pm »
Well, following ineedcrayon's earlier example, I did some quick googling and discovered that there are really tons of variations on how to make egg nog.

I'm copying a particularly extensive recipe from Food Network's website (the link to the website where I found this recipe quoted below is http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_32424,00.html ).  This recipe goes into some thorough description and gives different alternatives for preparations

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4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 ounces bourbon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites*

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir to combine.

Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve.

Cook's Note: For cooked eggnog, follow procedure below.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine the milk, heavy cream and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and gradually temper the hot mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Then return everything to the pot and cook until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from the heat, stir in the bourbon, pour into a medium mixing bowl, and set in the refrigerator to chill.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. With the mixer running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the chilled mixture.

*RAW EGG WARNING
Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs due to the slight risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2007, 01:43:10 pm »
Egg nog is a complete mystery to me. Do you just mix the milk and the eggs, the alcohol (if you want any) and the spices and that's it? Without using any heat?  Do you use an electric blender?

 :-\  :-\


I don't know, Fabienne, I just buy it in a container that looks like this:

I'm not familiar with that actual brand, but I chose it because it has a picture on the container of what a cup of egg nog typically looks like.  The brown stuff on the top of the liquid in the cup is powdered nutmeg.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2007, 03:06:25 pm »
Egg nog is a complete mystery to me. Do you just mix the milk and the eggs, the alcohol (if you want any) and the spices and that's it? Without using any heat?  Do you use an electric blender?

 :-\  :-\

Hi Fabienne!  I've never used heat; rather everything is well chilled.  Also, I just use an ordinary whisk.  I prefer it without the egg whites.  Freshly grated nutmeg on top.  Yum.  I'd rather have a little of the real stuff, than a lot of the fake stuff.

IMO, 3 ounces of bourbon is stingy.  8)

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #36 on: November 21, 2007, 03:54:23 pm »
Thanks for all the egg nog advise guys! I'll definitely try it out and let you know what it tastes like.  :)

And I promise not to be stingy with the booze Paul!  ;D ::)

btw, I think it's wonderful to have all these very traditional foods and drinks. We don't have that over here. For instance, we've celebrated Christmas at my in laws for many years now and we always have fondue...it's nice but not really christmassy.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #37 on: November 26, 2007, 11:05:02 pm »

Heya!

I'm here to report that I had my first 2 glasses of egg nog for the season yesterday at my parents' house while we were putting up the Christmas tree.  It was store-bought and pasteurized.  They got it from some kind of gourmet store... so it wasn't regular grocery store egg nog.  It was very tasty... this time I didn't put alcohol in it and it came with nutmeg already in it.  I'm sure I'll have lots more as the season goes along...
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #38 on: November 29, 2007, 10:16:00 am »
Here's my all-time favorite eggnog -- it has a homemade cream-eggs-spice taste, none of the corn syrup flavor and texture you often get with storebought eggnogs. Despite the name, it's non-alcoholic




Have never cared for whiskey or brandy in eggnog personally -- the tastes just seem to clash somehow. But I do like this one with liqueurs like Kahlua.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #39 on: November 29, 2007, 06:46:55 pm »
I like Egg Nog.  It's been a Christmastime tradition for me ever since I was little girl.  I drink the kind that comes in a container, and I usually thin it down by making a 2/3 egg nog to 1/3 reduced fat milk.  I may add nutmeg and drink it cold.. MMmmm its really good. 

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #40 on: November 30, 2007, 11:42:01 pm »
Here's my all-time favorite eggnog -- it has a homemade cream-eggs-spice taste, none of the corn syrup flavor and texture you often get with storebought eggnogs. Despite the name, it's non-alcoholic




Have never cared for whiskey or brandy in eggnog personally -- the tastes just seem to clash somehow. But I do like this one with liqueurs like Kahlua.

Hey Marge!

So, I took your advice and tonight I bought some of the exact egg nog you pictured in your post!   ;D  I just had a glass with a splash of Jack Daniels in it.  Very tasty.  The vanilla spice idea sounded nice.  I usually really don't like Southern Comfort as a liquor... but I can actually imagine it might taste really good in this egg nog.  I could see how Southern Comfort could have a really "holiday flavor" if mixed with egg nog.  Normally I think Southern Comfort is too sweet.

I bet this egg nog tastes nice plain too... but I haven't tried it that way yet.

Thanks for the recommendation!
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2007, 03:15:25 am »
It sounds good to me, too. And Southern Comfort is an interesting possibility in eggnog.

Once, in high school, my friends and I spent an evening drinking a cocktail we'd heard about somewhere or other: Southern Comfort and Dr Pepper.

That, I cannot recommend.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2007, 12:48:32 pm »
Once, in high school, my friends and I spent an evening drinking a cocktail we'd heard about somewhere or other: Southern Comfort and Dr Pepper.

That, I cannot recommend.

:P :-X :P

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2007, 09:46:04 pm »
Once, in high school, my friends and I spent an evening drinking a cocktail we'd heard about somewhere or other: Southern Comfort and Dr Pepper.

That, I cannot recommend.

:P :-X :P

 :laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:  :-X

If we've exhausted egg nog, I wonder if there is enough interest or controversy to discuss another holiday favorite of mine, hot spiced apple cider?
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2007, 10:02:43 pm »
If we've exhausted egg nog, I wonder if there is enough interest or controversy to discuss another holiday favorite of mine, hot spiced apple cider?

Sure! I love that, too. To me, that's more of an earlier fall drink -- apple season is the prime time. It has to be that cloudy unpasteurized cider, and to me it is -- of course -- made all the better by a shot of brandy.

And while we're on the hot-drink subject, I also love mulled wine.




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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #45 on: December 01, 2007, 10:03:12 pm »
:laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:  :-X

If we've exhausted egg nog, I wonder if there is enough interest or controversy to discuss another holiday favorite of mine, hot spiced apple cider?


Hot apple cider sounds like a great topic!  Mulled wine too!  Why don't you start a thread?
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The topic of egg nog may indeed prove endless!  ;)





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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #46 on: December 01, 2007, 10:44:00 pm »
Even the thought of eggnog turns my stomach, but I remember with fondness the apple cider my friend Chuck brought from an Amish grocery in Ohio.
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #47 on: December 01, 2007, 11:38:31 pm »

Egg nog is unknown in Australia, where I live. However, I have heard it mentioned in American films and TV shows and wondered what it was. After reading this thread, I am tempted to make my own egg nog this Christmas. It will definitely be the alcoholic variety!  ;)  :D
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2007, 03:18:04 am »
Even the thought of eggnog turns my stomach, but I remember with fondness the apple cider my friend Chuck brought from an Amish grocery in Ohio.

This is the fascinating thing about egg nog to me (and part of the reason that I started the poll).  I know tons of people absolutely hate it.  And, for much of my youth I couldn't drink it at all I thought it was so disgusting.

But!  Now, I totally love it.  I guess I grew out of my earlier feelings about it or acquired a taste for it or something.


Egg nog is unknown in Australia, where I live. However, I have heard it mentioned in American films and TV shows and wondered what it was. After reading this thread, I am tempted to make my own egg nog this Christmas. It will definitely be the alcoholic variety!  ;)  :D

This is also interesting in this thread to learn how much egg nog seems to be an American tradition.  Is it a big part of Christmas traditions anywhere else?  It may be interesting to do some research into how this drink became such a tradition in the U.S.  I know other countries have their own really traditional Christmas drinks.  One of my Mom's best friends is Swedish and she always has Glögg on hand at Christmas (which is something I'd never had before my Mom got to know her friend when I was a teenager)


So, for those of use who like our egg nog spiked... maybe we really should discuss the best liquor to compliment it.
I've tried brandy, whiskey and rum.  I think I like brandy the best in egg nog because brandy produces the biggest sensation of heat (at least for me anyway) and I really like that with egg nog.  I'm now curious to try Southern Comfort with it... but I won't go so far as to buy a whole bottle of Southern Comfort (because I really don't like it as a general rule).  Maybe one day I'll buy one of those mini-bar bottles of it and try it in the egg nog.



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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2007, 03:41:05 am »
             

     Well I dont think you want my thoughts placed here....yukkk.               :-X



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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #50 on: December 02, 2007, 03:47:58 am »
     Well I dont think you want my thoughts placed here....yukkk.               :-X

That's OK Bud, it's understandable that some folks wouldn't have a taste for it.




OK, so I did a very quick web-search online and thought I'd post one of my search results here about the history of Egg Nog. At least this is a start... I'm sure there's much more to learn on the topic.
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This was copied from the following website: http://www.indepthinfo.com/eggnog/history.shtml
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Eggnog! - History

Many believe that eggnog is a tradition that was brought to America from Europe. This is partially true. Eggnog is related to various milk and wine punches that had been concocted long ago in the "Old World". However, in America a new twist was put on the theme. Rum was used in the place of wine. In Colonial America, rum was commonly called "grog", so the name eggnog is likely derived from the very descriptive term for this drink, "egg-and-grog", which corrupted to egg'n'grog and soon to eggnog. At least this is one version...

Other experts would have it that the "nog" of eggnog comes from the word "noggin". A noggin was a small, wooden, carved mug. It was used to serve drinks at table in taverns (while drinks beside the fire were served in tankards). It is thought that eggnog started out as a mixture of Spanish "Sherry" and milk. The English called this concoction "Dry sack posset". It is very easy to see how an egg drink in a noggin could become eggnog.

The true story might be a mixture of the two and eggnog was originally called "egg and grog in a noggin". This was a term that required shortening if ever there was one.

With it's European roots and the availability of the ingredients, eggnog soon became a popular wintertime drink throughout Colonial America. It had much to recomend it; it was rich, spicy, and alcoholic.

In the 1820's Pierce Egan, a period author, wrote a book called "Life of London: or Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and His Elegant Friend Corinthina Tom". To publicize his work Mr. Egan made up a variation of eggnog he called "Tom and Jerry". It added 1/2 oz of brandy to the basic recipe (fortifying it considerably and adding further to its popularity).

Eggnog, in the 1800s was nearly always made in large quantities and nearly always used as a social drink. It was commonly served at holiday parties and it was noted by an English visitor in 1866, "Christmas is not properly observed unless you brew egg nogg for all comers; everybody calls on everybody else; and each call is celebrated by a solemn egg-nogging...It is made cold and is drunk cold and is to be commended."

Of course, Christmas was not the only day upon which eggnog was popular. In Baltimore it was a tradition for young men to call upon all of their friends on New years day. At each of many homes the strapping fellows were offered a cup of eggnog, and so as they went they became more and more inebriated. It was quite a feat to actually finish one's rounds.

Our first President, George Washington, was quite a fan of eggnog and devised his own recipe that included rye whiskey, rum and sherry. It was reputed to be a stiff drink that only the most courageous were willing to try.

Eggnog is still a popular drink during the holidays, and its social character remains. It is hard to imagine a Christmas without a cup of the "nog" to spice up the atmosphere and lend merriment and joy to the procedings. When you try out some of the recipes on this site, remember that, like many other of our grand traditions, there is history and life behind that little frothy brew.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #51 on: December 02, 2007, 06:35:22 am »
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In Colonial America, rum was commonly called "grog", so the name eggnog is likely derived from the very descriptive term for this drink, "egg-and-grog", which corrupted to egg'n'grog and soon to eggnog. At least this is one version...

Now that's interesting to me. In German, a Grog is either tea with - you guess it - rum in it, or simply hot water with rum (and sugar, if wanted).

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #52 on: December 02, 2007, 09:25:47 am »

When I was unwell as a child, my mother would give me an egg flip to drink, as a tonic. The ingredients were one raw egg, enough milk to fill a large tumbler, sugar to taste and a slurp of vanilla essence. All ingredients were blended briskly together. This was not a recreational treat like egg nog. It was viewed as a medicinal tonic to be taken when one was poorly. I recall slugging it down quickly, whilst holding my nose (the raw egg). It certainly didn't have good stuff in it like cream, cinnamon and brandy!  ;)  :D
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #53 on: December 02, 2007, 09:44:50 am »
Yummm!    I Love egg nog!      :D




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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #54 on: December 02, 2007, 01:19:24 pm »
Yummm!    I Love egg nog!      :D



That's nice Bud!

So, Nutmeg Guy... do you like nutmeg in your egg nog?  ;D


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #55 on: December 02, 2007, 02:37:44 pm »
So, for those of use who like our egg nog spiked... maybe we really should discuss the best liquor to compliment it.
I've tried brandy, whiskey and rum.

I always used brandy until my husband introduced me to rum, and now I think I slightly prefer that because it interferes less with the flavor of the eggnog. Whiskey doesn't sound as good to me, because that seems like it would clash even more with normal eggnog flavor.

But I think it's a good idea to get a bunch of those little bottles and try different things. Other possibilities: vodka, kaluha, amaretto, tequilla (OK, just kidding about tequilla) ...

The one thing that doesn't sound good as wine, which your history said was in the original milky mixture.

BTW, indepthinfo.com looks like a very useful site in general!




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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #56 on: December 02, 2007, 03:52:54 pm »
I always used brandy until my husband introduced me to rum, and now I think I slightly prefer that because it interferes less with the flavor of the eggnog. Whiskey doesn't sound as good to me, because that seems like it would clash even more with normal eggnog flavor.

But I think it's a good idea to get a bunch of those little bottles and try different things. Other possibilities: vodka, kaluha, amaretto, tequilla (OK, just kidding about tequilla) ...

The one thing that doesn't sound good as wine, which your history said was in the original milky mixture.

BTW, indepthinfo.com looks like a very useful site in general!


Kaluha and amaretto sound pretty good... but vodka and tequila sound pretty bad (although maybe vanilla vodka would be OK).  The only form of wine I can imagine mixing with egg nog would be sherry or some other fortified/ sweet wine (and it looks like the history suggests that sherry did play a role in the development of egg nog).


And,yeah! I just discovered the indepthinfo website while doing this egg nog search.  I'd never encountered it before.  It does seem like it might be a good resource in general.  I'll have to explore it some more.


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #57 on: December 02, 2007, 05:14:59 pm »

Hey Buds,

By popular demand, I started a new poll here in the Holidays forum about hot beverages!
http://bettermost.net/forum/index.php/topic,15346.msg296173.html#msg296173






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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #58 on: December 03, 2007, 09:48:45 pm »
Thanks for starting the poll, Amanda!  You've certainly hit on a popular subject with holiday hot drinks.  Can cold drinks be far behind?  ;)

Speaking of which, I used to enjoy getting the eggnog milkshake at McDonald's every holiday season.  I haven't been in a McDonald's for awhile, though. Anybody know if they're still offering it?
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #59 on: December 04, 2007, 12:20:42 am »
Can't say for sure about McDonald's. But that reminds me of how when I lived in New Orleans we used to get eggnog daiquiris. In N.O., you can get daiquiris to go and then walk around the streets with them (heck, you can get them at a drive-thru window!). So it was fun now and then to walk around the French Quarter, drinking an eggnog daiquiri and doing your Christmas shopping. Sure took the edge off the holiday shopping hassles!






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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #60 on: December 04, 2007, 12:26:33 am »
I just went over to the McDonald's website (something I've never done before!) and I honestly couldn't really tell if it's on the menu at the moment or not.  I'm guessing it probably is.

The only place I could find it listed was in their section on nutrition and ingredients.  They list vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavors and then tagged onto the end of each of these lists of ingredients it says something about egg products being included when egg nog shakes are available.

It's bizarrely difficult to find a section on their current menu options.  Or maybe I'm just doing something wrong or overlooking something...  ::) ;D

I love milk shakes in general!  I also like McDonald's soft serve ice cream.  But, I rarely, rarely go to McDonald's.  One of the only times I allow myself to go to McDonald's is at the airport.  I allow myself to indulge in junk food as a treat for putting up with the hassle of the airport routine.



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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #61 on: December 04, 2007, 12:51:48 am »
Can't say for sure about McDonald's. But that reminds me of how when I lived in New Orleans we used to get eggnog daiquiris. In N.O., you can get daiquiris to go and then walk around the streets with them (heck, you can get them at a drive-thru window!). So it was fun now and then to walk around the French Quarter, drinking an eggnog daiquiri and doing your Christmas shopping. Sure took the edge off the holiday shopping hassles!

That certainly does sound great.  Viva New Orleans!   I didn't know you lived there, Katherine.  BetterMostians are always surprising me with these nuggets from their past.  :)

I just went over to the McDonald's website (something I've never done before!) and I honestly couldn't really tell if it's on the menu at the moment or not.  I'm guessing it probably is.

Thanks, Amanda!  Knowing you, you won't rest til you find out.  Maybe I'll peek in the local McDonald's this week and see if they have it.  :D
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #62 on: December 06, 2007, 01:30:24 pm »
I always used brandy until my husband introduced me to rum, and now I think I slightly prefer that because it interferes less with the flavor of the eggnog. Whiskey doesn't sound as good to me, because that seems like it would clash even more with normal eggnog flavor. But I think it's a good idea to get a bunch of those little bottles and try different things. Other possibilities: vodka, kaluha, amaretto, tequilla (OK, just kidding about tequilla) ...

You might also try Bailey's Irish Cream and a very potent chocolate liqueur that Godiva makes.  Awesome stuff on a cold night!

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #63 on: December 09, 2007, 12:58:22 pm »
Okay, so I've finished decorating the christmas tree, and it was time to get this 'egg nog' thing going...

Catherine, i used your recipe (after i converted ounces and pints to grams and liters  ::)) and this is what came out!



It's dead easy to make. I added the nutmeg and went with your suggestion to use Amaretto. And Paul, I wasn't stingy with the booze...

And what can I say?



Yummy!  :)
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #64 on: December 09, 2007, 09:00:18 pm »
Okay, so I've finished decorating the christmas tree, and it was time to get this 'egg nog' thing going...

Catherine, i used your recipe (after i converted ounces and pints to grams and liters  ::)) and this is what came out!



It's dead easy to make. I added the nutmeg and went with your suggestion to use Amaretto. And Paul, I wasn't stingy with the booze...

And what can I say?



Yummy!  :)


Yeehaw!!!  I'm so excited that this discussion here inspired you to try making egg nog!!  And, of course, I'm really, really glad you like it.  :D :-*

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #65 on: December 09, 2007, 11:10:03 pm »
Okay, so I've finished decorating the christmas tree, and it was time to get this 'egg nog' thing going...

Catherine, i used your recipe (after i converted ounces and pints to grams and liters  ::)) and this is what came out!



It's dead easy to make. I added the nutmeg and went with your suggestion to use Amaretto. And Paul, I wasn't stingy with the booze...

And what can I say?



Yummy!  :)

That up there looks like egg nog to me Fabienne! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've never tried to make my own egg nog before. I always buy it at the store. I'll try making my own at least one time this Christmas season, because your egg nog looks so yummy Fabienne! Much better looking than the store varieties. :)



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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #66 on: December 10, 2007, 03:12:38 am »
I've never even tried it with Amaretto myself, but I'm glad it worked out! I bet that would be good.

We went through about a gallon and a half of store-bought eggnog this weekend. The gallon was from a local creamery, and was really good. The half was from Target, but not bad either. I had mine with pretty good dark rum. The kids had theirs plain (of course).

All in all, a good experience, except:

I gained three pounds. That is a BIG eggnog downside.

I think next I will try making my own, possibly with low-fat or even fat-free milk.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #67 on: December 10, 2007, 03:45:36 am »
I'm not surprised at the weight gain, Katherine.  I was about to buy a quart of the lowfat eggnog today, but 1/2 cup was 140 calories!  I knew I'd drink at least 2 cups of the stuff at a pop, plus liquor.  So I left it there on the shelf.  Sigh.  :(
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #68 on: December 10, 2007, 06:07:46 am »
Can't say for sure about McDonald's. But that reminds me of how when I lived in New Orleans we used to get eggnog daiquiris. In N.O., you can get daiquiris to go and then walk around the streets with them (heck, you can get them at a drive-thru window!). So it was fun now and then to walk around the French Quarter, drinking an eggnog daiquiri and doing your Christmas shopping. Sure took the edge off the holiday shopping hassles!








When I lived in Mississippi, we used to drive over the bridge into Louisiana and go through a drive-thru that sold mixed drinks in styrofoam cups with lids.  Unbelievable.  Not drink and drive?  You couldn't get the drink unless you were driving.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #69 on: December 10, 2007, 10:07:09 am »
When I lived in Mississippi, we used to drive over the bridge into Louisiana and go through a drive-thru that sold mixed drinks in styrofoam cups with lids.  Unbelievable.  Not drink and drive?  You couldn't get the drink unless you were driving.

Yes, it was while I lived there, in the '90s, that the city of New Orleans passed an ordinance making it illegal to actually be drinking while you were driving. Yet the drive-thru daiquiri shops stayed open. Those wacky Louisianans!  :laugh:

Well, it was still perfectly legal to drink while driving outside of New Orleans and maybe a few other Louisiana cities. Maybe you were supposed to drive through, buy your daiquiri, pull over, stash it in the trunk, drive outside of city limits, pull over again, get it out, get back in the driver's seat, and enjoy!!

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #70 on: December 24, 2011, 01:55:33 pm »
Bumping this fun thread because I had some yummy homemade eggnog the other night. 

Fresh egg yolks blended with a little sugar, softly beaten egg whites, add a little half-and-half and milk.  Goslings dark rum from Bermuda this time.  Freshly grated nutmeg on top.  That says Christmas to me. 

Of course it's rich, so I only have one glass, and usually only once a season. 

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #71 on: December 24, 2011, 01:57:46 pm »
I just had a flashback:  egg nog latte.  While I'm not big on flavored coffee, I think Starbucks offered this a few years ago, not sure if they still do.  Strong espresso with steamed egg nog.  Not bad, but I wouldn't want more than one.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #72 on: December 24, 2011, 01:59:51 pm »
Haven't found any eggnog-flavored coffee, but McDonalds does have a good eggnog milkshake this month.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #73 on: December 24, 2011, 05:59:43 pm »
I just had a flashback:  egg nog latte.  While I'm not big on flavored coffee, I think Starbucks offered this a few years ago, not sure if they still do.  Strong espresso with steamed egg nog.  Not bad, but I wouldn't want more than one.

I had an eggnog latte at Caribou last night.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #74 on: December 25, 2011, 12:37:34 am »
Mmm, I love egg nog.  I bought some low-fat egg nog and had some with rum while wrapping presents.  Thanks for reminding me about the McDonald's egg nog shakes, Marcia.  I'll have to stop by for one!  8)
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #75 on: December 25, 2011, 03:17:37 am »
I bought a container of each -- low-fat eggnog and regular eggnog. Wonder which one I'll be drinking tomorrow?  ::)


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #76 on: December 26, 2011, 07:03:18 pm »
I've tried nog a few different times, I never like it.


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #77 on: December 26, 2011, 07:11:34 pm »
I'm going to go pour some now! Though, in a nod to holiday fitness goals, I'm having the low-fat kind.


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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #78 on: December 26, 2011, 11:51:16 pm »
Now that I have had the homemade kind, I doubt there's any going back to the store-bought.  And I can get by just fine on once or twice a year :).

Starbucks today did have an eggnog-flavored coffee today, but I ordered peppermint hot cocoa instead.
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #79 on: December 27, 2011, 08:34:26 pm »


  My thoughts on eggnog, are related to my thoughts on mince pie.  Yukkie..



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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #80 on: December 16, 2012, 10:20:00 pm »
Egg nog is something good in which to dunk ginger snaps.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #81 on: December 16, 2012, 11:23:40 pm »
Mmm, I'm ready for eggnog season.  :P
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #82 on: December 17, 2012, 02:17:39 am »
I´ve only had it once - that was three years ago during Christmas - and it was me who made it. Drinking egg nog is not a tradition here, but as usual, I´ve probably watched too many movies ;D

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #83 on: December 17, 2012, 11:17:35 am »
It's too thick. You need to cut it with something, and the higher the proof, the better!
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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #84 on: December 17, 2012, 01:22:06 pm »
Eggnog in french is called Lait de poule which literally translates as Chicken milk.  ;D
I like the homemade kind with alcohol and served cold.

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Re: What Are Your Thoughts on Egg Nog?
« Reply #85 on: December 17, 2012, 02:11:44 pm »
Eggnog in french is called Lait de poule which literally translates as Chicken milk.  ;D

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