Monday, November 18, 2013

Killer Egg Nog

While digging through my old recipe files searching for a potato/turnip casserole recipe, I unearthed an ancient recipe for eggnog.  Back in the 1970's I made this concoction every Christmas. It was both potent and delicious.

It would be a shame for the recipe to be lost forever, so I am putting it out here to share and preserve it. If you try it, let me know what you think. Oh, and yes, you do have to eat it with a spoon the first day, but then it gets more liquid.


1 dozen egg yolks
1 pound sugar
1 quart bourbon
2 quarts heavy cream

  • Blend bourbon and sugar and allow to stand for 3 hours or more (overnight is fine).
  • Beat yolks to a froth and combine gradually with the sweetened bourbon, stirring constantly.  Allow egg-and-whiskey mixture to stand for 2 ½ to 3 hours to cook the yolks.
  • Whip cream stiff and fold into mixture. Chill in refrigerator.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Actual Knitting Content

I have finished an actual knitting project, an event that has not occurred for quite some time. Nothing terribly impressive -- just a pair of socks -- but I'm counting it.

The pattern is called "Cable Twist," and I've knit it in various yarns several times before. Definitely one of my faves -- simple but has a nice look. I needed simple. Here's the short version of why.

Having spent a lot of time seeking a new residence (hence no knitting), I found a nice house and moved into it about two months ago. A few weeks later my daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor (benign, but large) and required immediate and extensive brain surgery. She is home now and on the road to recovery, but there have been some hard times. Knitting got me through it. I actually knit most of the first sock while enduring a 10-12 hour stint in the hospital waiting room while the surgery was done. Not a fun day.

It turns out that knitting is also good for the waiting required during the many followup visits, therapy sessions, etc. So I have started yet another pair of socks. This is the "Arrow" pattern from "Sensational Knitted Socks."

I'm enjoying the laciness of this pattern and feeling drawn back toward lace shawls. Fickle Knitter has a book coming out on June 19 with some gorgeous shawls -- "Ballerinas in Pink." I might just buy the book and work my way through it.