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Lets Make Eggnog

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Fresh eggnog is really good come solstice time.  I’ve made a number of batches over the years, but this recipe is my favorite.  This came from an article by Derek Brown of DC bartending fame.  Apparently it is called “Baltimore Eggnog.”

Testing the eggnog before the guests arrive

Ingredients
2 dozen fresh eggs from the girls, separated
1 750-mL bottle VSOP cognac
16 ounces Mt Gay Eclipse
1.5 pounds powdered sugar
3 quarts (96 ounces) whole milk, chilled
1 quart (32 ounces) heavy cream, chilled
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  1. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until light and lemon-colored.While continuing to beat, add the cognac, rum, sugar, milk, heavy cream and salt.

24 fresh yolks from the girls in the palace (absolutely fresh eggs from free range hens make a very big difference)

 

All ingredients but the whites mixed with an electric mixer

2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and nutmeg until they form stiff peaks.

3. Fold the whites into the yolk mixture.Serve in punch cups.

The final product in cyn’s punch bowl chilling in the fridge

Will keep, tightly sealed and refrigerated, for up to one month.

Take a sunset walk while the eggnog sets

Decorate the tree, and do some dancing.

Robyn (Hitchcock) in the Hood

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Robyn Hitchcock at the Barns of Wolf Trap 2.6

Robyn Hitchcock at the Barns of Wolf Trap 2.6

Leave it to our dear friend Cyn to get us out on a Wednesday night to see Robyn Hitchcock play a makeup show. The original date was snowed out way back before the flowers came up. As always, Robyn put on a superior show. Delicious and polka dotted.

Oh, and the seats were great (thanks Robyn).

This will be fun!

This will be fun!

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock

Blinded by the blur

Blinded by the blur

A sensitive boy sings songs

A sensitive boy sings songs

Channel your inner harmonica

Channel your inner harmonica

Purple robyn

Purple robyn

Yellow Robyn

Yellow Robyn

Invisible Robyn Hitchcock

Invisible Robyn Hitchcock

The Moon: Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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Photo credit: cynthia morris

Photo credit: cynthia morris

Kandinsky in NY

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Cyn and I brought along Ame and Ant on this year’s Kandinsky run to the Guggenheim in NY. We snapped some surreptitious bits, and only got caught 5 times.

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Simple pleasures.  Kandinsky.

Simple pleasures. Kandinsky.

In addition to Kandinsky, there was Gutai.

Gutai at the Guggenheim.

Gutai at the Guggenheim.

Guggenheim spiral.

Guggenheim spiral.

Whose feet are these?

Whose feet are these?

After museum and a very nice dinner at Aureole (a Charlie Palmer project) and went to see Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe with Tracy Letts as George. Phenomenal.

A trip down to Raines Law Room was unsuccessful. Saturday.