eggnog: it's what's for dinner

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photo courtesy of simply recipes

Today, I am grateful for eggnog.

Really.  I. am. grateful. for. eggnog.  

As you are reading this, we are in the midst of making and/or delivering, 65 dozen tamales.  That we made.  And some other stuff.  I'm too exhausted to go into details.

When it's all said and done, on the way home, I'm going to snag a carton of eggnog. Is it healthy? no.  Is it homemade? no.  Will it be spiked?  likely.  Is it for dessert?  no

It's for dinner.  With some cookies.  

No shame, here.

We have made it before, however, and when we did, we used this recipe from Simply Recipes. It was really very good and I'm sure we enjoyed it even more because we made it ourselves.

That was before the tamales.



  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 whole cloves
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp each of bourbon and rum or brandy, or to taste (can omit for kid-friendly eggnog)
  • *4 egg whites (optional)


1 In a large bowl, use a whisk or an electric mixer to beat egg yolks until they become somewhat lighter in color. Slowly add the sugar, beating after each addition, whisking until fluffy.
2 Combine the milk, cloves, and cinnamon in a thick-bottomed saucepan. Slowly heat on medium heat until the milk mixture is steamy hot, but not boiling.
3 Temper the eggs by slowly adding half of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly while you add the hot mixture. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.
4 Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture begins to thicken slightly, and coats the back of the spoon. It helps to have a candy thermometer, but not necessary; if you have one, cook until the mixture reaches 160°F. Do not allow the mixture to boil, or it will curdle. (If the mixture does curdle you may be able to save it by running it through a blender.) Remove from heat and stir in the cream. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove the cloves. Let cool for one hour.
5 Mix in vanilla extract, nutmeg, and bourbon/rum and brandy (feel free to omit for kid-friendly eggnog). Chill.
*Optional: Beat egg whites until they reach soft peaks. Add a teaspoon of sugar and continue to beat until they reach stiff peaks. Gently fold into eggnog. Note, because of the salmonella risk from raw eggs, it is recommended that children, elderly, and people with compromised immune systems refrain from eating raw eggs such as the optional whipped egg whites in this recipe, unless you use pasteurized eggs.

Can you believe there's a song about eggnog?  It's kinda clever.

Wishing you sweet dreams...


  1. Your dinner sounds yummy:) My dinner tonight was popcorn." Will it be spiked? likely." - LOL

  2. *Burp* Dinnnnner? Did I forget dinner?, seriously...still making tamales. OH! The tamales we've made! This is why I only do it once a year. It's like having a baby!

    Merry Christmas, Steph!

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family. It has been great getting to know you in the blogosphere. Looking forward to more of your great posts in 2012.

    PS Good thing tamale time is only once a year:)

  4. YES! Someone asked me to do them more often. HA! Don't ask me now, ask me in a few months when I've forgotten about this. lol.

    Merry Christmas to you and your's, too! I am thankful for you and your support this year. You have been a wonderful encourager.

    Margaret Christine


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