I never liked eggnog until my husband mixed in some whiskey and said, “Now, taste it.” The truth is, without the booze eggnog tastes like eggs and nog, whatever that is. On a cold night, there is nothing like a festive drink that warms you up and makes your cheeks rosy. Here are a few drinks that elevate the store bought eggnog to a higher, even more luscious level. Cozy up with your better half and hope the kiddos stay nestled in their beds for a warm winter’s nap!
date night at home
Spend a night at home cozying up to a winter drink and someone special.
This spicy Thai dish has my favorite ingredient.
Lemon grass is such a funny ingredient. It’s subtle flavor is so important in Thai and Vietnamese food, but if you nibble on a piece it kind of tastes like Fruit Loops. As good as lemon grass is, it’s even better when paired with creamy coconut, spicy curry and fresh sea food. Mussels with Lemon Grass and Coconut is a dish that I absolutely love to eat and, luckily, my wonderful and talented husband loves to make.
You can buy fresh lemon grass at Whole Foods, Asian supermarkets and, of course, NYC’s China Town. An incredible Asian market in White Plains is, Kam Sen Asian Market. You can find groceries from every Asian country plus fresh seafood and a butcher. Kam Sen is like China Town condensed into one store, in a pretty strange and slightly deserted shopping center. But don’t let that turn you off. There are so many cool goodies to be found including fresh lemon grass and all the other ingredients for this recipe. [...]
We asked the experts at Zachys Wine and Liquor in Scarsdale for their favorites.
I popped into third-generation, family-owned Zachys Wine and Liquor, last week to see if they would share their top summer wine picks with us — requirements were delicious, refreshing and under $20 a pop. Here’s what Alex Javadi, Senior Wine Consultant, recommends (and in the interest of journalistic integrity, I purchased all three, and can vouch for them too!):