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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Eggless Pancakes

Out of eggs? Allergic? Just don't like 'em? You won't miss them in this recipe for perfectly fluffy pancakes with no eggs. Serves 2 hungry people.

1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup melted butter
Dash of cinnamon, optional

Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth. If it's too thick, add water. Heat your pan or griddle on medium and add a tiny bit of butter to prevent sticking. Make pancakes by pouring batter into pan 1/4 cup at a time. Flip when the edges start to firm up and you see bubbles popping on the surface, about 45-60 seconds. Cook the other side for another 45-60 seconds, until golden brown. Serve with your favorite toppings and a hot cup of coffee.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Easy Egg Nog

No cooking*, no egg separating, no problem. This nog packs a punch; if you don't like it strong, just cut back on the liquor. :)

1 can evaporated milk
1 empty milk can's worth of water
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup brandy (or rum, or bourbon...)

In a bowl, combine milk, water, sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium. With your free hand, add eggs one at a time, then slowly add brandy. Serve cold and top with additional nutmeg, if desired.

*I've been making this for a long time, and I've never had a problem. First of all, the sheer amount of alcohol involved will 'cook' the eggs and virtually eliminate any chance of you getting salmonella. Secondly, with less than 1,000 cases of salmonella caused by raw eggs in the U.S. every year, I'd say the odds are in your favor. Still, as a disclaimer, I should advise against this nog for elderly folks and pregnant women (pregnant women shouldn't be drinking anyway!).