Day 9 of recipes for the holidays - one from each of the 10 years of Cooking with Friends calendars. I hope you find something that looks delicious to make. Who knows - it might become a family favorite!
Cooking with Friends, 2017
Does anyone have eggnog except at Christmas? It's pretty tasty and definitely a holiday drink. This version has quite a kick, too - sure to make you smile.
Why the flamingo? When I "paint recipes" I also paint their stories and something about my friends who share them. Our Bakersfield, Ca fiends Kay and Brian Pitts were known for their flock of pink plastic flamingos in their beautiful front yard. So, I thought of a tropical Christmas scene featuring a pink flamingo!
Brian shared a story of making eggnog for a group of AAUW members at a progressive holiday brunch. The group was greeted by a yard full of flamingos. Needless to say, they left laughing and happy after Brian's Noël Nog!
Flamingo Christmas by Claudia True
available in print of various sizes
Brian's Noël Nog by Brian Pitts
In heavy-bottomed saucepan, beat together the eggs and sugar. Sir in half-and-half. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon and is at least 160 degrees. Remove from heat. Stir in cream, nutmeg, vanilla, bourbon and brandy. Cool, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Just before serving, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold them into the eggnog. You may add a little sugar and dash of vanilla extract to the egg whites when beating. Serve cold and sprinkle with nutmeg
Brian's Note Over the years I began to use Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey as the bourbon in varying ratios to the brandy. The smoky flavor from Jack Daniels adds a flavor element that our friends seem to enjoy. Also, I have used half-and-half instead of heavy cream and it is still delicious!
Here are the front and back covers of the 2017 Cooking with Friends calendar. Be sure to check the back cover to see my friends who shared their recipes. I hope you've kept all these calendars! They're my favorite cookbook, and the art's pretty cool too.
This is the 9th holiday recipe I've shared with you in this blog series. Hope you found something to cook and enjoy with your family and friends!
Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays!
I'm an artist living in Kansas City with my hubby and cats. My passions: colorful paintings, yummy food, and sharing my love of art and cooking with others.