The Handiest Tool in Your Kitchen

If you would have asked me what the handiest tool in my kitchen was 10 years ago, you either wouldn’t have gotten an answer (because I was in college and lived off ramen noodles) or I probably would have questioned what a kitchen really was.  As I’ve matured, I’ve not only learned how to utilize a kitchen I also have a few favorite gadgets.  This year I’ve encountered possibly the handiest kitchen tool out there.  Ok, so it may not quite be a “gadget” or “tool” rather, an ingredient.  It’s that “overlooked protein” I talked about a couple of months ago; the EGG!

I know what you’re thinking; how the heck are eggs the “handiest” tool in your kitchen, well, just hear me out a bit.

I learned firsthand this holiday season that an extra dozen eggs are helpful to just have around when entertaining.  Not only can eggs help create versatile, nutritious and affordable, baking and entertainment solutions but it’s the key ingredient in Eggnog!

IMG_2420It wasn’t until Christmas day that my eyes were opened to the creamy deliciousness of eggnog.  I always knew that eggnog was a “thing” but it happened to be a “thing” that I’d never participated in.  The thought of a beverage named after eggs didn’t really set easy with me.  Dad decided this Christmas he would teach all five of us kids to make eggnog the way he used to back in the day.  Let’s just say I’m pretty sure that mom was glad to be downstairs trimming the turkey while her 5 kids and husband temporarily took over her kitchen.  (No worries, I’ll post the recipe at the end of this post)

Eggnog aside, we were fortunate enough to have an array of desserts this Christmas and when I stopped to evaluate the situation, all had eggs in them! Along the lines of baked goods, Americas’ egg farmers have partnered up with “Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Bake Sale” to help fight childhood hunger.   Additionally, anyone can sign up and host their own “Share Our Strength Bake Sale” to help feed kids in need! For more info follow this link.

It’s pretty amazing how such a small “kitchen helper” like the egg can make such a difference in fighting childhood hunger.  I’m going to leave you with a challenge today; visit the Incredible Eggs’ Good Egg Project to see how you can help America’s Egg Farmers fight hunger that’s taking place in our own country.

Life changing Holiday (or anytime)

Eggnog recipe

Ok, so this may not be the eggnog we made but I'd say it looked similar

Ok, so this may not be the eggnog we made but I’d say it looked similar

Ingredients;

1 dozen eggs

Half gallon of whole milk

2 cups of white cane sugar

Nutmeg

Cinnamon

1 ½ cups of Kentucky Bourbon whiskey (optional)

In a large mixing bowl separate the eggs, placing the yolks in the mixing bowl and whites into a second mixing bowl. Setting the whites aside for later, begin my mixing/beating the yolks with a hand mixer.

Mix in 1 ¾ cups of sugar and if you choose to use bourbon this should be blended in slowly at this time. Once thoroughly blended (about 5 min after the addition of ingredients) continue mixing while adding the milk slowly.  Add nutmeg and cinnamon and mix in to taste.

Using the other mixing bowl and hand mixer, begin mixing the egg whites.  Slowly add ¼ cup of sugar while mixing (you may also add some cream of tarter to help whites fluff).  Continue mixing until the whites are fluffy and soft.

Slowly add the egg white mixture to the eggnog mixture continually folding it into the mixture.

I’m told the finished product is better as the longer it sits, but I couldn’t wait that long.  It was amazing! I think it’s safe to say that in 2013 the Hayden’s created a new Christmas tradition.  Here’s to hoping that you can too!

Check out more great holiday egg recipes on the Incredible Edible Egg website.

Cheers!

***”Notice: The consumption of raw or under-cooked eggs, meat, poultry, seafood or shellfish may increase your risk of food borne illness.”***

 

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