Eggnog

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Fluffy, creamy, light as air and bursting with nutmeg-gy goodness, oh, Eggnog and I most definitely have a love affair. Nothing brings about the holidays and all that is merry quite like a mug of its creamy delight.  It is almost a requirement for this time of year and the uses in my house are limitless.   Take cream in your coffee?  Use Eggnog to take your coffee from every-day to holiday!  Want to take your pumpkin pie to the next level?  Make your own evaporated Eggnog to replace that canned, evaporated store-bought milk.  Need a perfect holiday dessert?  Turn that Eggnog into ice cream and you will be in heaven! Now you can go out and purchase Eggnog at your grocery store but I swear, if you make it from scratch once, you will never go back.  Also, it’s so simple you will be shocked that you haven’t made it from scratch before!  So grab a carton of eggs and take a few moments to make this decadent holiday drink from scratch.  Your holiday just may never be the same.

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This is traditional eggnog, the kind that your grandma used to make and pour into her huge crystal punch bowl, set out next to her aluminum tree with tinsel and twinkle lights aglow.  There are of course, many recipes online for cooked eggnog that you should consume if you are a child, pregnant or have a compromised immune system.  So do search out those recipes if you are any of the above, if not, enjoy this fresh liquored up kind.  Oh and please, for the love of everything holy this holiday season, do not, I repeat, DO NOT use store bought ground nutmeg.  If I give you one gift this holiday season let it be the gift of freshly grated nutmeg.  Try it, you’ll know instantly what I am talking about.  The first moment you rub that whole nut across your zester or mini grater you will smell the difference and your holiday nog will be the stuff of legend.   Oh! Also, if you are trying to decide between rum or brandy for your nog why not choose both! I love White Christmas, it’s inexpensive and gives just that perfect balance to your Eggnog.

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You will need

  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup rum, brandy or a mixture of the two
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated eggnog

How To

  • Place egg yolks and sugar in a stand mixer and beat until eggs are creamy and light in color
  • Add cream, milk and liquor
  • Pour mixture into a bowl and set aside
  • Clean out your mixer and add in egg white
  • Whip until soft peaks form
  • Fold into yolk, milk and liquor mixture
  • Top with nutmeg, drink, breathe and enjoy

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To a grand holiday for all,

Marcella Rose

Matt’s Meatball Shop Birthday Party

IMG_7384 My husband and I recently moved from New York to Ashland and it’s been so wonderful to have a house instead of a closet to celebrate and host in.  So, I was extremely excited to throw my first big party at our home for my husband Matt’s birthday.

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The first thing I do when throwing any event, be it a wedding or a simple dinner party, is to decide on a theme.  A theme gives your party a body, so to speak, and whenever you have to make a difficult choice you can go back to the theme for guidance.  It pulls your event together and gives it shape and cohesion while making decisions so much easier.

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For Matt’s party we looked to one of his favorite restaurants in New York’s Lower Eastside: The Meatball Shop.  If you’ve never been, it’s this great restaurant that took New York eaters and hipsters everywhere by storm.  Their menu is simple, meatballs and homemade ice cream sandwiches, so my menu played out like this: IMG_7401    

Hand-squeezed lemonade

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Beer

Make-your-own meatball sandwich with marinara, mozzarella and parmesan

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Three-meat antipasto board

Fresh handmade pickles

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Spicy bow-tie pasta salad

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Superfood salad with dreamy poppyseed dressing

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Homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches;

– Double dutch cookies with mint ice cream

– Ranch girl cookies with chocolate peanut butter ice cream

– Chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream

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For the decorations I used twine and old grocery paper bags to create recycled decorations.

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I measured the locations first and then created paper bag pennant banners to swing across the yard and blow in the breeze.

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On the house I placed larger pennant banners to spell out Happy Birthday as well as cut-outs from paper bags for the menu.

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I always like to create, even in the smallest of places, seating areas for people to settle and chat and create memories.  With a few bistro tables, some lounge chairs, a couple smaller end tables, and using a few of my mismatch vintage tablecloths, created some lovely seating areas dotted around the yard.

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On our porch I set up a rocking chair, lounge couch and my record player with a few carefully selected vinyls to set the mood of the party.

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To give it that real finished look I added some small bouquets and my constellation cans on the tables and set up a game area.

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 That way people could feel free to play a few yard games or decorate the walkway with sidewalk chalk. IMG_7382

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There was plenty to eat and lots of fun had by all! Happy Birthday Matt!

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Love, love, love,

Marcella Rose

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A special shout out to my dear friend Amanda who helped in the kitchen and at the craft table!

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