Episode 19: Everyone Hates Melissa

Episode 19: Everyone Hates Melissa

Recap

In this episode, Aimee and Kate are still salty over Melissa’s prank from our bonus episode (A Very Not Safe For Work Christmas). The two quickly forgive Melissa over several glasses of delicious mulled wine and Aimee fills everyone in on the history of advent calendars.

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Research Photos

Sources

Mental Floss
Culture Trip
Holiday Calendars
History Channel
History in Public

Recipe: Mulled Wine

Recipe: Mulled Wine

This mulled wine recipe is featured in Episode 19 “Everyone Hates Melissa”. It takes a little bit of time, but is super easy to throw together, and is super delicious. It’s also pretty easy to modify to your own liking.

INGREDIENTS:

1 (750-ml.) bottle red wine

1 c. apple cider

1 orange, caramelized, sliced into rounds, plus more for garnish

6 whole cloves

3 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish

3 star anise

1/4 c. honey

1/2 c. brandy

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Bring to a simmer not a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently over low heat for 10 minutes. 
  2. Serve warm and garnish with more citrus slices and cinnamon sticks.

Episode 18: Anyone Can Lactate

Episode 18: Anyone Can Lactate

Recap

In this episode, Melissa mixes up the most delicious eggnog the dishes have ever tasted. Together, they explore the history of eggnog, and Aimee reveals what we all already knew–that the founding fathers were lushes. At some point Aimee starts an argument about human lactation. Promo for Boos and Spirits (you should check them out!) included during the break.

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Research Photos

Sources

The Spruce Eats
VinePair
PBS

Recipe: Drunk Dish Eggnog

Recipe: Drunk Dish Eggnog

Eggnog is the featured drink for episode 18 “Anyone Can Lactate”. This episode is all about the history of, you guessed it, eggnog! Eggnog is a controversial beverage that people seem to either love or hate. If you’ve only ever had store bought nog, and thought “that’s not for me”, give this recipe a try! It’s light, fluffy, and just sweet enough.

We chose to not cook this eggnog, as it’s kind of a pain, and in my opinion, not really necessary. Recipe adapted from Alton Brown.

Ingredients:
4 egg yolks
1/3 c. sugar, plus one tablespoon
1 pint whole mike
1 c. heavy cream
3 oz. rum (We used Pusser’s)
1 tsp. vanilla extract (plus more to taste)
1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites

Directions:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs yolks until they lighten in color.
2. Gradually ass the 1/3 cup sugar (you can add a couple tablespoons more if you prefer sweeter nog) and continue to bear until it is completely dissolved.
3. Add the milk, cream, extract, rum, and nutmeg and stir to combine. Set aside.
4. Place the eggs white int he bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks (if using the same bowl and mixer, be sure to clean them completely before adding egg whites). With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
5. Whisk the egg white mixture into the yolk mixture. Chill and serve.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!