From spur of the moment visits for afternoon tea to carefully orchestrated, elegant New Year's Eve galas, social gatherings, in all their many forms, are the joyful heart and soul of the winter holidays. We connect in special ways with family and friends to share long-cherished traditions to celebrate significant events in our faiths and cultures.
Entertaining presents a multidimensional palette for our creativity and imagination; it enfolds the ways we decorate our homes, the favorite foods and beverages we offer, and the festive fashions we wear.
A party quickly pulled together is as much fun as a long-planned, complex affair. Any great gathering can be helped with a stellar traditional recipe - that guests will be talking about for months to come!
My recipe for traditional Christmas or "Killer" Eggnog as my friends like to call it. Enjoy it now, you may have to wait until next year to enjoy it again!
April's Traditional Eggnog
* 18 eggs
* 2 cups extra-fine granulated sugar
* 1 cup cognac
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 4 cups light cream (or table cream)
* 6 cups heavy cream
* Grated nutmeg
1. Separate eggs, placing yolks in a large bowl and white in a second large bowl.
2. Add sugar to the egg yolks, beat until fluffy. Stir in bourbon, cognac, vanilla, and light cream. Chill several hours or until very cold.
3. Beat egg whites until they stand in peaks. In large bowl beat heavy cream until stiff. Fold beaten egg whites and whipped cream into egg-yolk mixture. Pour into a very large bowl. Sprinkle with grated nutmeg.
4. Ladle into punch cups.
In the mood for more Eggnog? King Arthur Flour (also based in Vermont) has many fantastic recipes, but this one is certainly fitting for season - while being a great twist on a common baked good:
You can find more entertaining tips newly posted on my website: April's Entertaining Tips
Or find more holiday recipes like this one in my Recipe's section on my website: April's Holiday Recipes
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