Ring in the New Year with easy eggnog

Ring in the New Year with easy eggnog
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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While it was once believed that adding alcohol to
eggnog inhibits or destroys
bacterial growth, including
salmonella, there really is no
scientific data to support this
claim. One of the best ways
to ensure the safety and quality of your eggnog is to cook
the ingredients and to use the
best eggs.
Eggland’s Best has one
of the most comprehensive
and strict quality-assurance
programs in the industry. Its
conducts more than 30,000
tests each year to ensure the
superiority of the eggs it
distributes. Using Eggland’s
Best Eggs also will make
your eggnog more nutritious
because they have 25 percent
less saturated fat, 19 percent
less cholesterol, three times
more Omega 3, and 10 times
more vitamin E than regular
WCPS Energy Star leader
community calendar
-A Kenly Christmas Candlelight Home Tour will be
held on Friday, Dec. 18 sponsored by First In Families of
Johnston County (FIFJC).
Advanced tickets are $20 and
includes a 6 p.m. reception
at Kenly United Methodist
Church before the home tour.
The reception will include
heavy hors d’oeuvrs and
Christmas entertainment.
Starting at 7 p.m., ticket
holders may pick up their
tour routes at the reception
and begin touring the homes.
Tickets may be purchased
the night of the event at the
door of Kenly United Methodist Church for $25 each,
Eggnog has been prepared and served during the
holidays for hundreds of
years. Upper-class Europeans served the drink to their
holiday guests in the form of
a hot milk punch combined
with liquor, usually wine
or brandy. The traditional
recipe traveled from Europe
to America with the English
colonists during the 18th
century. President George
Washington was very fond of
While dairy products
were plentiful in America,
wine and brandy were heavily taxed. Since rum, which
was also called grog, was inexpensive, it became the traditional addition to eggnog.
The name eggnog is thought
to be a derivative of egg and
aging energy strategically
across the district and making cost-effective improvements to schools,” states Dr.
Steven Taylor, WCPS Superintendent. “Their efforts further reinforce the district’s
and Board of Education’s
commitment to financial and
environmental stewardship.”
that earn the ENERGY STAR
rating use an average of 40
percent less energy than typical buildings and also release
35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Products and buildings
that have earned the ENERGY
STAR designation prevent
greenhouse gas emissions by
meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2006, Americans,
with the help of ENERGY
STAR, saved about $16 billion
on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas
emissions equivalent to those
of 27 million vehicles.
eggs. Now they contain even
more vitamin A, B2, B12 and
D, so Eggland’s Best just got
Times have changed, and
eggnog has conformed to
modern tastes. You can find
recipes for this holiday drink
with and without alcohol,
and commercially prepared
recipes that use skimmed,
low-fat or soy milk. There
are even brands of eggnog
especially for vegans and for
those who are lactose intolerant. While the recipes for this
delicious drink vary, it’s still
traditionally served during
the winter as a way to celebrate the holidays and ring
in the New Year.
Easy Eggnog
This easy eggnog recipe
cooks the eggs and milk in
the microwave. You might
want to make a double batch
and use any extra eggnog as
a flavoring for baked goods or
coffee. All microwave cooking times are based on a full
power output of 600 to 700
watts. For a lower wattage
oven, allow more cooking
6 Eggland’s Best eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 quart milk
Garnishes or stir-ins, optional*
*Whipping cream, ground
nutmeg, sherbet or ice cream,
fruit juice, brandy or rum extract, peppermint sticks or
candy canes, orange slices,
cinnamon sticks, pomegranate seeds and juice, maraschino cherries or chocolate
1. In large microwave-safe
bowl, beat together eggs, sugar and salt until thoroughly
blended. Stir in vanilla,
cinnamon and nutmeg. Set
2. In a smaller microwavesafe bowl, cook the milk in
the microwave on high or full
power, about 3 minutes. Stir
and continue to cook on high
power for another 3 minutes
or until bubbles form at the
edges of the milk.
3. Slowly stir 1/4 cup of
the hot milk into the egg mixture. Stir vigorously until
the ingredients are well combined to bring both mixtures
up to the same temperature
and to avoid scrambling the
eggs. Continue to add the hot
milk, 1/2 cup at a time, until
all of it has been combined.
Stir vigorously after each addition.
4. Return the mixture to
the microwave and cook on
high or full power for another 2 to 3 minutes. Cover the
bowl with plastic wrap and
refrigerate until thoroughly
chilled, several hours or overnight. Just before serving,
pour the eggnog into a punch
bowl or a pitcher. Garnish or
add stir-ins, if desired. Serve
immediately. Makes 1 1/2
quarts, or 12 (1/2-cup) servings.
Angela Shelf Medearis is
an award-winning children’s
author, culinary historian
and the author of six cookbooks. Her latest cookbook is
“The New African-American
Kitchen.” She is known as
The Kitchen Diva and is the
executive producer and host
of “The Kitchen Diva!” cooking show on Hulu.com. Visit
her Web site at www.divapro.
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