Spice It Up with 10 Eggnog Recipes from around the World

eggnog recipes

Delicious eggnog recipes from all over the globe. Plus vegan and sweet potato spins on the classic! Eggnog gets people brimming with excitement for the holiday season, when grocery stores stock up on this party staple. This year it’s time to ditch store-bought eggnog, though, and serve one (or more) of these globe-spanning eggnog recipes. And if you or yours aren’t fans of eggnog yet, these 10 unique variations just might evoke a change of heart. 1. Italy’s Il Bombardino Recipe: Eataly A direct translation of il bombardino is “the bomb,” which is what a skier reportedly called the Italian version of eggnog after tasting it for the first time in the country’s Alps. Created by a former fisherman from Genova with milk, whiskey and zabaglione (an egg-based custard), the Bombardino soon became a sought-after winter cocktail. Over time, the bomb’s recipe evolved to a creamy egg liquor, mixed with        …read more

The Competitive World of Gingerbread House Design

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These artists take their gingerbread house creations seriously. Very, very seriously. Gingerbread house making isn’t reserved for kids and the kitchen table. Gingerbread dates back to ancient Greece, and in the Middle Ages gingerbread cookies were all the rage. When the Brothers Grimm released the tale of Hansel and Gretel, the gingerbread house took off — losing the evil witch attachment in favor of a winter-wonderland fantasy. Gingerbread house construction grew into an art form that continues today — so much so that there are yearly competitions to crown the best of the best. The National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, North Carolina, is the biggest, with magnificent entries that look too good to eat. The National Gingerbread House Competition For 25 years, artists of varying skill levels have entered The National Gingerbread House Competition. The number of competitors was highest at 289 in the early 2000s. “It was almost        …read more

Internet Food Wars: I Don’t Care What You Eat on Your Pizza

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From controversial canned pineapple on pizza to ‘basic’ pumpkin spice lattes, there’ve been a lot food wars online lately. I’d been doing a pretty good job of ignoring the food fights on the internet, but I knew we’d reached new heights last autumn when it suddenly involved apple cider. Apple cider seemed to me like the least controversial food or beverage on the planet, but maybe I’d been naive. Suddenly my social media feeds included people who were really mad at the “pumpkin spice people” and proudly declared themselves “apple cider people.” There were memes. There were claims that apple cider was the real beverage of autumn and all other beverages were merely wannabes. I squinted hard at my screen. I knew I had to try to wrap my head around the food wars going on all around me. The phenomena of people loathing other people’s food choices is not a        …read more

Mad Science for Singles: Savory Sauce Recipe

savory sauce recipe

Use this savory sauce recipe to add flavor to anything! (Well, almost anything.) Welcome back to my Mad Science lab, where I’m stirring up delicious recipes that anyone can master and customize to their own tastes. This savory sauce recipe will kick up the flavor of your main dish. Simply grill, broil or otherwise cook a delicious single serving of any protein, such as chicken, fish or beef. Meanwhile, whip up this savory sauce recipe and then pour it on top. The magic will happen. Once you master this basic recipe, use your own Mad Science to make it your own. Your kitchen is going to smell so good, and you’ll love the bold flavor of this savory sauce. Are you ready? Let’s do this! Savory Sauce Recipe Turn up the flavor with this savory sauce recipe 1-2 tablespoons of oil 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped onion or shallot 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms Salt and pepper to        …read more

On International Beer Day, Thank the Woman Who Created Beer

International Beer Day

Celebrate International Beer Day and the woman who achieved goddess status when she discovered the frothy beverage — by accident. The world loves beer. So much so that it’s celebrated yearly on International Beer Day. Whether it’s grocery store classics Budweiser or Coors, a locally brewed craft beer, or one of the many Belgium creations that will knock you off your feet with their alcohol percentages, beer is a global treasure. It’s been that way for centuries (when water wasn’t safe to drink, humanity guzzled beer). More often than not, in modern times beer is stereotypically considered a man’s drink — 44% of women surveyed by AB InBev said as much. And 54% of male drinkers in the United States told Gallup they prefer beer over other alcoholic beverages; only 23% of women said the same. There’s a funny thing, though, about beer history: this frothy beverage that’s become synonymous        …read more

Mad Science for Singles: Welsh Rarebit Recipe


Feeling hangry? Welsh rarebit (melted cheese on toast) is the cure. Welcome to the Mad Science lab, where I’m whipping up an easy indulgent recipe: Welsh rarebit. Sometimes called Welsh rabbit (don’t worry — there’s no rabbit involved), this delicious melted cheese served on toast makes a fantastic snack, or it can be cut into pieces for a popular appetizer. This cheesy goodness on toast is classic pub fare and pairs perfectly with a beer. With a little Mad Science experimentation with vegetables and proteins, you can easily make it a satisfying meal. Heat up the stove, and let’s get started. Welsh Rarebit Recipe Satisfy your hunger! 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 cup beer or stout 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 1 cup grated sharp cheddar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard Salt and pepper to taste Melt butter on low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for        …read more

Mad Science for Singles: Fancy French Fish Recipe

This beautiful French fish is flavorful and fantastique! I’m back in the lab preparing another Mad Science recipe for you, and this one is not just fancy-looking — it’s delicious! Having company? This scrumptious French fish will wow your guests too. What’s so fancy about this French fish recipe? It’s baked en papillote — that is, in parchment paper. This method keeps the fish tender and full of flavor and nutrients. You get to prepare your fish (salmon, mahi-mahi, whatever you like) with your side dish, and it’s all ready at once. It’s a French culinary treat, but don’t worry — it’s simple and almost foolproof. Just give yourself enough time! Use your favorite protein, vegetables and herbs to make this recipe your own. Let’s get started, shall we? Fancy French Fish Recipe You’re so fancy! 2 precut sheets or one long sheet of parchment paper 1 or 2 6-oz. fish fillets, such as salmon or mahi-mahi 1/4 to 1/2 cup finely julienned vegetables, such as        …read more

Mad Science for Singles: Boozy Chocolate Cinnamon Sauce Recipe

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Top any dessert with this decadent chocolate cinnamon sauce. Welcome back to my lab, where I’m creating simple, delicious recipes for singles. With each entry, I give you the basic recipe followed by Mad Science tips for conducting your own experiments. With only a few ingredients, you can enjoy a gourmet recipe from your own kitchen. No matter your skill level, let your inner mad scientist out and let’s get cooking. Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, this month I’ve concocted just the thing for you: chocolate cinnamon sauce with bourbon. Cinnamon and bourbon enhance the delicious chocolate flavor, and you’ll be looking for excuses to pour this boozy chocolate cinnamon sauce on everything. That’s a promise. You’ll be looking for excuses to pour this boozy chocolate cinnamon sauce on everything. That’s a promise. Looking for the perfect finishing touch for dessert for a special occasion — a date, a        …read more

Faith in Humanity Restored: Hot Dog Joint Makes Jobs for Felons

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This hot dog joint is changing lives by creating jobs for felons. When she was younger, the girl experienced serious abuse. She ran away from home at the age of 12 and met a boy who gave her drugs. They broke into a home, and the owner happened to be there. He killed the homeowner; she was tried as an adult and sent to jail at the age of 13 as an accessory to murder. She was in prison for 20 years. When she got out of prison, she realized quickly that no one would hire her. No matter how hard she tried, she could find no jobs for felons. “She looked for work for 8 months, and couldn’t find anything,” says Deno Andrews, who owns Felony Franks, an unassuming hot dog joint situated in a strip mall in Illinois’ upper middle class neighborhood of Oak Park, just 20 minutes outside of        …read more

Mad Science for Singles: Popover Recipe

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This popover recipe is so incredibly simple! Welcome back to my lab, where I’ve been creating scrumptious recipes for singles. This month I’ve prepped a lovely popover recipe that is sure to become one of your favorites. With only five ingredients, you can create a popover that will make any meal beautiful. This basic popover recipe is perfect as a side. For example, try it with my roast beef recipe. Or you can use mad science to alter the flavor to complement any main dish. With a few additions to the basic finished popover recipe below, it can even be dessert. Use your own mad science to make this popover recipe even better! Experiment away! Can’t-Screw-It-Up Popover Recipe Impressively delicious! 1 cup milk 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon oil (vegetable or grapeseed) 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine milk, flour, oil and salt. Beat on high for one        …read more