5 holiday entertaining tips + homemade eggnog
The holiday season does not have to be stressful – in fact, it shouldn’t be! Enjoy the holiday season this year by taking shortcuts when possible, preparing adequately and creating delicious cocktails for you and your guests! Today I have 5 helpful tips for stressfree holiday entertaining + the perfect homemade eggnog recipe!
- serve food in small portions throughout the night. If you plan to keep the party going, don’t put your guests into a food coma at 8:00PM by serving lots of food buffet style. Space out the food service to keep guests from becoming sluggish. This is also a good idea if serving cocktails, as the food slows down alcohol absorption and prevents socially awkward or inappropriate situations from arising. Your lampshades will thank you.
- step away from Pinterest. It can become increasingly tempting during the holiday season to try that spectacular recipe you’ve had pinned for 3 years. Avoid the dreaded Pinterest-Fail at this stressful time of year and keep it simple. Opt for easy to make meals, take shortcuts where you can and when in doubt, keep it light (see aforementioned food coma).
- delegate tasks. While you are running the show, you don’t have to do it alone. Give your family the simple tasks to get done like cleaning, setting the table, picking a playlist, etc. Don’t be afraid to put early arriving guests to work too! I love to help out my hosts and am actually uncomfortable sitting on my butt doing nothing.
- enjoy your own party. Do yourself a favor and get as much done ahead of time as you can. You are entertaining guests because you enjoy their company and are celebrating the season. Keep your recipes simple, forget about the dishes and don’t hide away in the kitchen. It isn’t a cooking competition, it is YOUR party so get out there and enjoy it!
- premixed drinks. Serving up a cocktail before dinner is a great way to get guests comfortable and socializing. Don’t choose a drink that requires you to play bartender while still getting dinner together. Premixed drinks like punches or sangria will free your hands as the guests can serve themselves.
Clearly, one of the best premixed cocktails for the holiday season is eggnog. Eggnog is just so good – creamy and unctuous – perfect for cold winter nights. If you think you like store-bought eggnog, you need to try homemade. The most important thing to remember is that your eggnog is only as good as its ingredients, so choose quality! Find the best eggs you can, bonus points if they come from a local farm or a friend’s coop!
For the milk part of your recipe, you can choose to use milk and heavy cream, just a whole milk, or even a low-fat milk. I stuck in the middle with just whole milk to keep it simple yet delicious. To be specific, I used Dairy Pure Milk who has a 5 Point Purity Promise:
• No artificial growth hormones*
• All milk is tested for antibiotics
• Continuously quality tested to ensure purity
• Only from cows fed a healthy diet
• Cold shipped fresh from your local dairy
Buying ingredients for my family and guests that are responsible and high-quality is very important to me. I can feel good about serving up Dairy Pure Milk in my eggnog, which can be alcoholic or not. I usually make it non-alcoholic since my daughter will be asking for some, and then add bourbon to the individual drinks. Just don’t forget to top each glass with freshly grated nutmeg
What holiday recipes could you incorporate Dairy Pure into this season?
*No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from cows treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST and non‐rbST‐treated cows.
- 4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
- 24 oz Dairy Pure whole milk
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Add in 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon (optional) and nutmeg. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 Tbl of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill. Top with more nutmeg and serve.