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Spiced Eggnog Recipe by Blue Plate Catering

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Spiked Eggnog, Photo: Blue Plate Catering

Spiced Up Eggnog

Recipe courtesy of Lov Carpenter

6 eggs, separated
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1.5 cup bourbon
1/2 cup aged rum
1/4 cup allspice dram
1 tablespoon vanilla
Ground nutmeg and clove for garnish

Separate egg whites from yolks and whisk yolks with half a cup of sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly add in milk, spirits and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites, cream, and remaining sugar until peaks are formed, then fold that mixture into eggnog base. Refrigerate for two hours. Add grated nutmeg and clove for garnish. Serves 8.

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Outside of the popular apple, if any fruit could claim the holidays as its own, it would surely be the cranberry. A traditional accompaniment during holiday celebrations, this evergreen shrub indigenous to the northern region of North America makes its debut on grocery store shelves and tables every year when it’s harvested during the fall. It is to turkey what chips are to salsa; what marshmallows are to hot chocolate, and its natural yet tart sweetness and bright color make it a great ingredient for dishes both savory and sweet.

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Homemade Caramels from Blue Plate Catering

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Homemade Caramels from Blue Plate Catering

Ingredients

  • Yield: About 100pc
  • 1 pound granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon. salt
  • 16 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract

Instructions

Heat the cream and add the vanilla paste.

In a separate pot, cook the sugar and corn syrup to 305 degrees (F)

Slowly add the hot cream and cook until 248 degrees

Pour into a greased pan, let set overnight.

Cut into desired size.

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6 Food Gift Ideas for this Holiday Season

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DIY Holiday Bark

DIY Holiday Bar/Photo: Blue Plate Catering

Holiday gifts can be hard. You know what’s not? Food. That + holiday gifting = the best holiday gift idea ever. This holiday, take a tip from Blue Plate’s culinary and creative team for six food gift ideas to get you through the holiday season.

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In the Kitchen with Blue Plate Catering: Jams

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Photo credit: Blue Plate Catering

Photo: Blue Plate Catering

It’s the refrigerator staple reminiscent of childhood lunches, the token condiment of late-night diners, and the tasty culmination of summertime berry harvests. Whatever you call it — jam, jelly, fruit preserves — the reduction of whole fruit into a spreadable delicacy is the ingredient you didn’t know your life needed until it’s dolloped atop buttermilk pancakes, slathered with peanut butter or spread on toast.

Jam adds natural sweetness to dishes and follows a simple recipe: fresh fruit cooked down with sugar, pectin and acid for consistency if needed. Jams can take savory spins using ingredients such as onion and tomatoes, or fresh herbs, bacon and even peppers. The list is endless.

At Blue Plate, we like to go outside the ordinary with our jams by combining savory with sweet ingredients such as our peach tarragon jam or our strawberry balsamic jam. And we like to think about creative ways to present it. With summer approaching, check out our tips below for incorporating your favorite jam into your next menu or party.

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