Dec 29, 2014

Happy 2015 {Grandma Buhler's Eggnog}

For some reason or another, New Year's Eve has always been filled with family traditions.

Grandma Buhler's Eggnog | Ms. enPlace

Growing up, there was a New Year's Eve party with my dad's side of the family.  I always looked forward to it. It was a chance to see cousins who lived in Texas--we only saw them once a year.  It was a chance for shooting pool in my dad's aunt's garage.  It was a chance to shoot tons of fireworks at midnight.

Grandma Buhler's Eggnog | Ms. enPlace

A couple of years ago, my mom & dad brought back the family party.  It was one of the best New Year's Eves ever.  I met cousins for the first time.  Caught up with an aunt I hadn't seen in decades.

This party also resuscitated an old family recipe for eggnog.  Grandma Buhler's Eggnog.
Let's just get this out there: eggnog is not something I look forward to for the holidays.
Eggs and I have a weird relationship.

Grandma Buhler's Eggnog is more sugar and nog than egg, so it appeals to me.
(Except for the meringue topping...I can't get past the smell of raw egg)

Grandma Buhler's Eggnog | Ms. enPlace all started as a simple thing.
I just wanted to check the spelling of Grandma Buhler's name.
It led to an entire afternoon of climbing the family tree.

* My dad's family has lived in New Orleans since the 1840s

* Parts of my family came from other cities in Louisiana: Thibodaux, Madisonville

* Parts of my family come from other states: Georgia & Mississippi

* My great, great, great grandfather, Peter Anton Buhler, was born in 1825 in Altkrautheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.  He was the first in the line to immigrate to New Orleans.

* One of my great, great grandfathers wrote a book about the part of New Orleans I am from: The Story of Algiers 1718-1896.

* It turns out that my son's middle name can be traced back to an ancestor (although not on purpose), Gabrielle Antoine, born in 1864.

My dad and his mom, probably 1953
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Grandma Buhler's Eggnog

3 eggs (separated)
1 cup sugar + 12 tsp. sugar
3 cups milk
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract + dash
1/4-1/2 tsp. nutmeg
bourbon or whiskey

Mix 1 cup sugar and egg yolks together in large pot. In another pot, heat evaporated milk, milk, and water together, but do not boil. Add nutmeg and a dash of vanilla extract to liquid. Add 1/4-1/3 cup bourbon or whiskey. Once liquid is hot, remove liquid from heat and place the egg/sugar mixture over the heat. Add a little of the liquid at a time to the egg and sugar mixture. Heat mixture, but do not bring to a boil.

Beat egg whites until they become stiff and make peaks. Add 1 tsp. vanilla and slowly add 12 tsp. sugar while continuing to beat eggs.

Serve with a scoop of topping over eggnog. Spike with additional bourbon or whiskey.

More drinks...
Gerry's Favorite Punch (non-alcoholic)
Milk Punch
Praline Pecan Milkshake

Linking with:
The 21st Century Housewife Hearth and Soul Blog Hop Lou Lou Girls
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Weekend Bites
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  1. It is wonderful that you found out about the history of your family. I would love to find out about mine.
    I understand I have trouble with eggs too. They must be cooked just right and no smell or that is the end.
    I like this recipe and I would also leave the topping off.
    Happy New Year. xo Catherine

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely story! It just so happens my son loves eggnog, and I found a recipe by Dr Oz to try and make, but for me a recipe should have history to it! That's what I love about yours! I've added this to my Things to try in 2015!!
    Happy New Year! Christine

  3. Love reading about families. Will have to try this recipe next year.

    Thanks so much for sharing.


  4. I love this recipe as it doesn't call for 12 eggs like most others. I'm definitely going to give this a try! I also enjoyed reading about your family history! Thanks for sharing!
    Julie@ Sweet and Spicy Monkey

  5. Don't you just love how family and food always seem to create a new story? What a fun time researching the family tree. Thanks for sharing at Weekend bites!

  6. Nothing better than learning about our family roots and passing them on to our own children:) I'm with you all the way with the eggs Michelle....I will only eat one hard-boiled egg on a salad and I only use eggs "in" recipes, other than that I pass:) Love the purple in the photos~ Here's to the New Year! (clink) Lynn

  7. This looks so good that my mouth is watering! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. We love partying with you! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  8. Delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning. Happy new year to you and your family. I will try this for next christmas

  9. Hi Michelle,
    What a great cup of Eggnog and a very special Grandma! Thanks so much for starting your 2015 with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

  10. Oh wow, I love afternoons spent climbing the family tree! It's so cool finding out where we come from - and family recipes are a huge part of that! I'm not keen on raw eggs either, Michelle, but I love eggnog. Pinning this recipe for next year - I think it could be the start of a wonderful tradition! Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Hop. I'm featuring this post in this week's hop later today!

  11. Family history is something sooooo important! You're lucky
    I don't know how I missed this wonderful post.....
    And also - as we don't have here eggnog I'm glad you posted a recipe!!


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