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Today I learned that I can use my “smart” phone to upload posts. I’m back!

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Chills and Youtube

As you guys know, I’ve been on a Youtube kick when it comes to finding recipes. Today, I was in search of a recipe for creamed spinach, and not for any particular reason mind you. I’ve never eaten my spinach creamed before so I thought I’d see what it was all about…especially since I should probably add more spinach to my diet, along with other vegetable. And since I’m not much of a salad enthusiast (all rabbit food if you want my opinion), I’m currently exploring other vegetable friendly options. Anyway, there I was waiting to watch a video when the most charming advertisement popped up on my screen. Usually, I skip all ads that come my way, but this one was different; it was a full video on how to make apple cider in your very own kitchen! I was hooked as soon as soon as I saw the apples laid out. I just knew I was in for a treat, and I certainly was!

The channelpagewhateveryouwanttocallit is Thirsty For…by tasemade and I’m in love. Seriously, I’ve already watched all twelve videos. The first thing I plan on making is their masala chai. Mmm chai. My favorite! Though I generally prefer it iced to hot, but considering I’ve chosen not to turn on my heat…

For some reason the embed feature is linked to the above video, but that’s okay. I don’t mind (I just don’t feel like fiddling with it right now. Here is the link for the chai! Ahh, hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Watching things like this makes me remember how much I love cooking- the art, the science, the craft of it. Sorry, I didn’t actually cook anything in this post, but I just couldn’t wait to share my find! On a bright note, today I bought my first turkey breast. Yeah, that’s right. A turkey breast! I always assumed you had to go to a fancyshmancy grocer for such things, but nope! Hopefully it’s thawed out by tomorrow…


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Let’s talk about Christmas cheer. As you can see, Toby is ready for Christmas. We’re only 10 days away folks…which of course means only 15 days until my birthday! I really can’t believe how quickly this year blew by. I remember how time seemed to move like molasses when I was a little girl. It took forever for Christmas and my birthday to roll around, which sucked anyway because they were only five days apart. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoy the fact that my birthday falls on the 30th, but come on- what kid wants to split presents like that? But now that I’m all grown up I feel like my years are getting shorter and shorter. Seriously, in 15 days I will be 24. Isn’t that a strange thought! It seems like yesterday I was 13 counting down the years before I could drive. I think the only age milestone I have left is being able to rent a car. So here’s to one more year of “adolescence” if you will.

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Oh yeah, we were supposed to be talking about Christmas cheer and not silly things like turning 24. I love Christmas. Absolutely love love love it! I may be biased since I’m almost a Christmas baby and do love my birthday (if you haven’t figured that out yet!), but there’s something about wintertime and Christmas that just sends thrills down my spine. It’s just such a happy time. I used to be one of those bitter people that complained about hearing Christmas music all the time, but it’s really not that bad if you take the time to just slow down and enjoy it. I think that’s the problem with everything nowadays. Everyone is always running around to get somewhere. To do this, to do that. Rush rush rush. I myself fall victim to the  hustle and bustle of life. Before you know it, Christmas is over, it’s the new year, and you missed all that music you were complaining about. I really do believe the reason time flies by so fast is because we never stop to appreciate the time we have. Our concept of time can be so rigid. Time is money, right?

That’s why I try my hardest to work on Indian time. Do you know what that is? Well, I’ll tell you! Indian time means that things will happen when they happen. You’ll arrive when you’re supposed to arrive. Etc, etc. A good example of this is when I hosted Thanksgiving. I told everyone to be hear at 2 but gave myself until 3 to have food on the table (though I think we actually ate at 2:30). Anyway, my point is that Indian time is just a more relaxed worldview I guess you could say and it’s so much less stressful than constantly worrying about deadlines and appointments and time in general. Things will happen when they happen and the way they’re supposed to happen. And that’s that!

So in celebration of Christmas spirit, holiday cheer, birthday extravaganzas, and not letting time pass us by…let’s enjoy a cup of eggnog. Mmm I love eggnog. It’s just so sweet from the sugar and cream yet spicy from the bourbon and rum. It’s quite pleasant really, though as with most things I didn’t discover this until recently. I’m sure my mother had something to do with that. I’d bet money as soon as she warned me of the evils of drinking raw eggs I was turned off of the stuff forever. Fortunately, I grew out of that picky stage and forever is a rather relative term.

This recipe is supposedly the one used by my sous chef’s grandmother (though it looks suspiciously like something i ran across on the Food Network). I tripled the ingredients to fill a large serving dispenser, but feel free to make less generous amounts.

And I promise to post my Thanksgiving entries soon. The goal is hopefully before Christmas. I told you time likes to get away from you! Oops…

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Ingredients:

  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
  • 3 pints whole milk (6 cups)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 9 ounces spiced rum
  • 4 ounces bourbon (1/2 cup)
  • 12 egg whites
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

You could do this in a stand mixer if you have one handy. I don’t so we have to improvise a little bit. But that’s part of the fun! In the largest bowl you have, beat the egg yolks until they begin to lighten in color

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Gradually add the cup of sugar

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Slowly add in the milk, cream, and liquor. I just measured it all into a large pitcher and dumped it in

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Sprinkle in some nutmeg and cinnamon. The recipe called for a tablespoon, but I like to go by taste. Stir to combine

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Now for the egg whites! In another large bowl, though not your largest, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. We’ve done this before with our waffles. Unless that’s one of the entries I haven’t posted yet. Either way, you just keep beating away until your egg white take more of a solid shape. In my opinion, they will end up looking like whipped cream

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Add in the 3 tablespoons of sugar

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Now listen carefully. Because we tripled the recipe and are beating together 12 egg whites…your arm might get a little tired even using an electric beater. Don’t give up. After so long you may begin to think your whites just aren’t going to fluff up. They will. Patience is a virtue when it comes to anything worth waiting for. See?

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Of course, you can skip that whole step and omit the egg whites. But I like a little egg foam in my nog. Once all is said and done and your whites have turned into peaks, fold the “foam” into the milk and yolk mixture

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There you go folks. Quick and easy homemade eggnog. Admire your work!

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Serve in a lovely drink dispenser you received last year for Christmas. with some extra cinnamon and nutmeg for those that like things really spiced up.  Actually, this stiff is kinda thick so I recommend serving it in a punch bowl with a lovely ladle

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But make due with what you have

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Yum. Now go sit back and listen to some darn tootin carols and let the scrooges mind themselves. Cheers!

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