Thanks to Houston County Republicans for the fun meeting this morning. I bet the Dems never offer up homemade eggnog and toffee and perform excellent entertainment at their meetings. Thanks to the young ladies for singing a beautiful rendition of Away In A Manger. Merry Christmas
Take that Democrats!
Alas for Hagedorn, his observation is just silly. Via MSNBC, Abby Borovitz reports in Senate Secret Santa brings bipartisan cheer:
Holiday miracles do exist!
Congress is showing some bipartisanship this holiday season – both in their budget dealings and holiday cheer.
For the third straight year, Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken is reprising the role of “elf” and organizing a “Secret Santa” gift exchange with 42 Democrats and 23 Republicans signed up to take part.
The bipartisan group of 65 will pick names in advance and buy gifts under $15. Of course, keeping their identify secret until they deliver their presents at a gathering Tuesday evening, complete with eggnog and seasonal treats.
Media reports from earlier years include eggnog on Senator Franken's menu.
In December 2012, the Douglas County DFL held its DFL Happy Holidays Party!, featuring eggnog:
Come have some fun with everyone at Nelson Gables in Alexandria this Thursday, December 6th from 5-9pm. 1220 Nokomis Street. We're going to have some laughs and eggnog to celebrate the holiday season. Bring a dish to share if you want to at this light hearted social.
Then, after an eat and talk fest, we will play “Donkey Draw” a game brought to us from Wisconsin Democrats by Esther Mehrer. To participate, bring a wrapped gift of questionable value. This should be fun!
Whether you're planning on a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Winter Solstice, the Kwanzaa Festival of Lights, or anything else, or just want to ring in the upcoming New Year, you are welcome. Santa Hats or other costumes are welcome.
Not long after that party, Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy reported in WATCH: Obama Asks Congress To Drink Egg Nog, Not Tank Economy:
President Barack Obama's message to Congress on Friday was straightforward. "Pour some egg nog, have some Christmas cookies, sing some Christmas carols, enjoy the company of loved ones," he said at a press conference at the White House . . .
Seriously, claiming eggnog for one party or the other is just peculiar. To all of Bluestem's friends, regardless of party, we offer a homemade eggnog recipe. Please use very fresh eggs, and only serve to adults. Not a tippler? Leave out the bourbon.
Via the Food Network:
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 ounces bourbon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites*
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir to combine.
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 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve.
Cook's Note: For cooked eggnog, follow procedure below.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine the milk, heavy cream and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and gradually temper the hot mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Then return everything to the pot and cook until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from the heat, stir in the bourbon, pour into a medium mixing bowl, and set in the refrigerator to chill.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. With the mixer running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the chilled mixture.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Photo: Franken Santa image in Politico, 2012.
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