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How to: Eggnog

12/16/2016 6:00 PM

 

This time of year, indulgences are commonplace. Whether it’s a second helping of dinner, an extra finger of bourbon, or a seasonal treat like eggnog, we are all planning on hitting the gym right in the New Year.

 

Originating in Britain quite some time ago, eggnog was a drink associated with the aristocracy. The Brits originally mixed it with brandy or sherry, but those spirits were quite expensive in newly-revolutionized 18th century America. Being the resourceful bunch that we are, we turned to domestic whiskey – bourbon in particular – as a substitute.

 

Eggnog is readily accessible. Pre-mixed cartons are available in the dairy section of any grocery store. Pour the chilled mixture in any glass with a little nutmeg on top and you are ready to go. For those that are interested in something homemade, this recipe from Alton Brown is as good as it gets. It’s an easy recipe that can be served chilled, or can be spiked with bourbon if you need to grease the Christmas party wheels:

 

Ingredients:

• 4 egg yolks

• 4 egg whites

• 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon

• 1 pint whole milk

• 1 cup heavy cream

• 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

• 3 ounces of your favorite bourbon

 

Direction:

 

In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup of sugar and continue to beat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the whole milk, heavy cream, and grated nutmeg until combined.

 

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Beat in the one tablespoon of sugar into the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the chilled mixture. Chill and serve.

 

For the spiked version, add the 3 ounces of bourbon at the same time the whole milk, heavy cream, and nutmeg are added to the yolk-based mixture.

 

This recipe will make about 6 or 7 cups of eggnog.

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Must-Watch Christmas Movies

12/14/2016 4:12 PM

 

 

There isn’t much better than a Christmas-themed movie. The holiday season is a great backdrop for some excellent flicks, whether it’s a classic like “A Christmas Carol” or a comedy like “Scrooged”. Christmas movies have that extra element of holiday spirit to add to the comedy, the romance, or the action flick (“Die Hard”).  Thanks to all the television networks and Netflix, you’ll have the opportunity to see any and all Christmas movies multiple times, so take advantage while you have some time off. Prop your feet up, pour yourself a tall glass of eggnog, and get to work on the remote.

 

Here is your guide to some of the best ones out there:

 

(In no particular order)

 

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ – The highly decorated 1947 film is one of the best ‘feel good’ Christmas movies out there. The real Santa (aka Kris Kringle) finds that the person hired to play Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is drunk, and is in-turn hired by the beautiful Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) to take his place. After knocking it out of the park in the parade, Kris is hired as Santa for the Macy’s store on 34th Street. Faith in the real Santa is restored in this classic…watching this one should be an annual family event.

‘A Christmas Story’ – Everyone can relate to this story. We’ve all had that one present that we couldn’t live without. For Ralphie, it’s a Red Ryder BB Gun. It’s all he can think about. While his behavior leading up to Christmas doesn’t warrant such a gift, he is pleasantly surprised on Christmas morning when his dad surprises him with the BB gun. Predictably, it doesn’t end well – for Ralphie’s glasses or for their Christmas dinner, which is ultimately celebrated at a Chinese restaurant.

 

 

 

 

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ – This is not only a great Christmas movie, but one of the best films ever made. Donna Reed and James Stewart star in the 1946 film about seeing what would happen if things would have been different. George Bailey (Stewart) gets to see what happens to his town of Bedford Falls, NY without him via his guardian angel Clarence Odbody. After a change of heart, George finds great fortune, and an angel gets his wings…

 

‘Elf’ – Some of Will Ferrell’s best work. Farrell stars as Buddy the Elf, who is adopted and raised as a six-foot tall elf at the North Pole. Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) reveals to Buddy that he isn’t a real elf, much to Buddy’s she-grin, and that his real father lives in New York City. Buddy tracks him down, starting the main plot of the movie – winning his dad’s favor and bringing the spirit back to Christmas. Highlights: Buddy’s reaction to the department store Santa (“You stink. You smell like beef and cheese. You don’t smell like Santa.”), Buddy’s reaction to the little-person author (“he’s an angry elf”), and the best way to answer the phone this holiday season: “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”

 

 

‘Christmas Vacation’ – If there were rankings, this would be number one. Numero Uno. The National Lampoon movie was an instant classic as soon as it was released in 1989. We’ve all be quoting Cousin Eddie lines for as long as we can remember.  The premise is a Christmas worst-case scenario when both sets of in-laws visit for the holidays, as well as an unannounced visit from a ‘salt-of-the-Earth’ unemployed cousin who’s holding out for a management position. After a destroyed house, a ruined turkey, and a one-year membership to the ‘Jelly of the Month Club’, all ends well for the Griswalds.

 

 

 

 

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How great is this time of year?  Every weekend there are gridiron battles in the greatest Southern towns.  Fanatical fans, hopeful alumni, pledges guarding seats adorn the football stadiums, and the play on the field will be discussion on sports talk radio and around the water cooler for the next few months. 

 

There’s nothing like seeing a live college football game.  TV coverage gets better and better, but it will never replace being there, and the impact to ALL the senses.  We’ve dug through the schedules, and come up with the perfect road trip that hits all the right towns for all the right games.  Gas up and let’s go:

 

September 3rd: Clemson vs. Auburn in Auburn, Alabama.  It could be argued that Auburn is the best SEC campus for tailgating.  With that said, start the road trip out right.  This should be a better game than most are giving credit.  Prediction: Clemson rolls 41-23.

 

September 10th:  NC State vs. East Carolina in Greenville, North Carolina.  DO NOT SLEEP on Greenville, NC, folks.  It is as good a college football environment as there is.  Not to mention there is plenty of good golf…and BBQ.

 

September 17th: Alabama vs. Ole Miss at Oxford, Mississippi.  The ‘Frat Bowl’.  Alabama will be #1 or #2 in the country, and Ole Miss will be fighting off sanctions.  It’ll be a great game on the field, but Bama pulls ahead in the 4th quarter and wins by 10. 

 

September 24th: Florida vs. Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee.  No football season road trip is complete without a trip to Knoxville.  Take a boat if you can…  The SEC East is going to be very fun to watch this year, and the winner of this game will get a quick upper hand.  The Gators steal one in Knoxville.

 

October 1st:  Georgia Tech vs. Miami in Miami, Florida.  This could end up being a great game.  Add that to a late fall beach trip where you could get out and do some fishing as well…take advantage!

 

October 8th:  Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  This trip is as much about enjoying Chapel Hill as it is seeing a football game.  It’s a must-see on any southern road trip.

 

October 15th:  Missouri vs. Florida in Gainesville, Florida.  Even though the Gators are going to stomp Missouri, seeing a game in The Swamp is a memory worth making. 

 

October 22nd:  North Carolina vs. Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  This is the highly educated bowl.  Immerse in the culture, and the beauty of Charlottesville.  You’ll put this one on your list every year.

 

October 29th:  Clemson vs. Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida.  This is the biggest ACC game of 2016.   Both teams should come into this game undefeated, and it will be a very high scoring affair.  Tallahassee will measure on the Richter scale.  Clemson wins by a touchdown.

 

November 5th:  Alabama vs. LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  This is the biggest SEC game of 2016, and it’s in the loudest stadium in the Southeast.  The winner of this game has the inside track to represent the SEC West in Atlanta.  It’s impossible to predict this game.  Impossible.

 

November 12th:  Auburn vs. Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  How does heading to the greatest college football town in the south to see the South’s oldest rivalry sound?  The game is good, but it gives you a chance to stop in Onward Reserve’s first store.

 

November 19th:  Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee.  This one is for the trip to Nashville.  What a great town, and Vandy is positioned just right.   Ole Miss will bring a huge crowd, and downtown will be rocking.

 

November 26th: Auburn vs. Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  This has become the Mecca of college football.  With all of Saban’s success and all the championships, this place is what winning feels like in 2016.  Pay homage. 

 

December 3rd: The SEC Championship in Atlanta.  The city does an excellent job of hosting the most important conference championship in the country.  Not to mention that both of these teams may very well make it to the final four…

 

What did we miss?  Where are you heading this fall?

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Smoked Georgia Red Hot Wings

9/2/2016 10:46 AM

 

College Football and cookouts go hand in hand.  Since toe meets leather this weekend, let’s get going on a new recipe that is perfect for the Big Green Egg.

 

The Georgia Red Hot Wings are a delicious version of “hot” wings that aim to please.  They are hot, but it’s a savory heat, not the Hooters version of heat.  These wings are strong – they are the centerpiece of an excellent spread for your family and friends this time of year.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 Cup soy sauce

¾ Cup water

½ Cup Texas Pete’s hot sauce

½ Cup lemon juice

1 ¼ Cup Hot & Spicy V8 Juice

4 Pounds Chicken Wings (jointed)

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Cut the wings apart at the joints, discarding the tips.
  2. Combine marinade ingredients in a large container with a lid and place all the wings in the container making sure they are all covered with marinade.

 

***It is best to let the wings marinate in the refrigerator overnight***

 

  1. Remove the wings from the marinade and sprinkle with your favorite chicken rub seasoning.
  2. Grill indirect on your smoker at about 350 degrees for 15 to 30 minutes on each side.  If grilling directly, monitor very closely and turn every ten minutes.  These are best eaten a little crisp; so let them cook for about an hour.

 

Serves 6-8 people (depending on the appetite)

 

Serve these with a chunky blue cheese dip, but go easy – they are excellent without any help.  On the side, a vinegar-based potato salad will cool off your palate.  Have some celery sticks to eat up the rest of the blue cheese, and good beer to wash it all down, and you are in business.    

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4th of July Cocktails

7/1/2016 10:20 AM

 

With the weekend of July 4th quickly approaching, it’s time to talk about seasonally appropriate 4th of July cocktails.  This is the day of celebrating America, so drink American-themed drinks.  There are so many good ones, from cocktails to punch, just be careful.  Day drinking has rules.  Here are five of our favorite libations for the 4th:

 

Born Free

 

1½ oz. vodka

1 oz. watermelon schnapps

½ oz. cranberry juice

½ oz. lemon juice

½ oz. simple syrup

¼ oz. blue curacao

Soda water

 

Instructions:

 

To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved over low medium-low heat. Chill to cool.

This is a three-layer beverage: red, white, and blue. Combine the chilled simple syrup with watermelon schnapps and cranberry juice over ice. This is the red. Carefully add lemon, simple syrup, and vodka to create the white layer, then very carefully add the blue curacao to create the final, blue layer, and gently top with soda. Yum!

 

 

Red Hound

 

2 oz. vodka

¼ oz. Maraschino Luxardo

1½ oz. grapefruit juice

Splash simple syrup

Garnish: grapefruit wedge

 

Instructions:

 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

 

Red, White, & Blueberry

 

4 oz. Maker's Mark Bourbon

¼ c. lime juice

¼ c. lemon juice

½ c. orange juice

1 oz. simple syrup

4 mint leaves

Splash club soda

Garnish: mint leaves, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries

 

Instructions:

 

Combine juices, bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and add a splash of soda. Garnish with mint leaves, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries.

 

Patriot Punch

 

2 parts Whiskey

1 part Apricot Brandy

1 part Cranberry Juice

2 parts Champagne

Lemon Wheel (thinly sliced)

 

Instructions:

 

To Serve As A Punch: Double the recipe and multiply by the number of guests you plan to serve. Add Whiskey, Apricot Brandy and cranberry juice to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate. When guests arrive, add champagne and lemon wheels. Serve over ice in red wine glasses.

 

Budweiser

 

Cardboard box with 12 cans of all-American goodness

 

Instructions:

 

Pour cans into a cooler.  Cover with ice and allow time to chill.  Serve with a koozie.

 

 

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