Ring in the New Year with easy eggnog A-4 Wednesday, December 16, 2009 happy birthday! Sunday, Dec. 20 - Kim Glisson, Donna Myers, Kaitlyn Braswell, Courtney Dale Monday, Dec. 21 - Kelsey Woodring, Dana Edwards, Kent Boyette, Robert Underwood Tuesday, Dec. 22 - Judy Williamson Wednesday, Dec. 23 - Maggie Banks, Raymond Sugg Thursday, Dec. 24 - Lauren Woodard, Keith Sullivan Friday, Dec. 25 - Andy Greever, Faye Jones, Justin Collier Saturday, Dec. 26 - Dan Capritta, Stephen Mitchell, Billy Rae Radford, Susan Daughtry anniversaries Monday, Dec. 21 - Michael and Jaime King Tuesday, Dec. 22 - Dwight and Louise Rowe, Gerald and Betty Wellons Wayne County Public Thursday, Dec. 24 - Jerry Schools (WCPS) has been and Fae Braswell Thompson Friday, Dec. 25 - Willie and named an ENERGY STAR Leader for demonstrating a Lessie McKeel commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering energy costs. Ten WCPS schools have also earned the but those do not include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestireception. -A Living Nativity program gious ENERGY STAR rating, will be presented December the national symbol for supe19-21 (Saturday-Monday) from rior energy efficiency and en7-9 p.m. at Hephzibah Bap- vironmental protection. The schools include: tist Church, Princeton. This Eastern Wayne Elementary, drive-through event presents Goldsboro High, Greenwood the story of the birth of Je- Middle, Meadow Lane Elsus with narration and Bible ementary, North Drive Elverses, traditional Christmas ementary, Northeast Elemenhymns, and real people and tary, Northwest Elementary, animals, including a camel. Rosewood Elementary, RoseThe free program lasts ap- wood Middle, and School proximately fifteen minutes. Street Elementary. “Chris Barnes, the disThe church is located on US trict’s Energy Manager, and 70 Hwy between Princeton and Pine Level. Call 919-965- Sprunt Hill, Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Ser5886 for directions or more vices, have helped improve information. energy performance by man- J a c o b’ s L a d d e r childhood therapies Now Welcoming Garner Clients Open 6 days a week Call Today, There’s No Delay Health Choice & Medicaid Accepted ...helping children climb the ladder of socio-emotional success! 8928 Bus. Hwy. 70 West, Suite 100, Clayton (919)550-7397 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 state-of-the-art laboratory 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, By Angela Shelf Medearis 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 eggnog. 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 grog. (f)919-553-2543 http://jacobs-ladder.ws 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.” Commercial buildings 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 better! 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 time. 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 curls 1. In large microwave-safe bowl, beat together eggs, sugar and salt until thoroughly blended. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. 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. com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
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