Examining the quintessential holiday foods
While this is certainly not an official list, we feel these twelve dishes are evocative of the grand spirit and familial feeling of the holiday season. Some families, regions and cultures adopt their own unique traditions, to be sure, while others tweak already established ones, and you’ll find dishes both new and old below.
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Without further ado, we present for your tasting pleasure, Days 7 through 12 of the 12 Dishes of Christmas…
Day 7: Egg Nog
As with most holidays, Christmastime partying often sees a bit of alcohol added to the mix. Such is the case with egg nog, the dairy-based, liquor-infused sweet holiday cocktail that acts as the social lubricant at so many holiday functions. Rum, whiskey or brandy are typical additions to the mixture, which also features milk (or cream), sugar, and beaten, raw eggs, which provide the characteristic frothy thickness.
We also recommend taking a stab at making homemade egg nog. As food author Paulius Nasviytus writes, “if you can’t decipher the ingredients, then you probably shouldn’t eat them!” This is true of many commercially-produced egg nogs, which feature high fructose corn syrup, among other additives. The best kitchen gadget we advise to whip up homemade egg nog is definitely a good wire whisk.