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    Happy Birthday Skullguise!!

    Happy beach birthday Todd! Cheers!
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    The beloved Mattnog recipe and the various iterations made over the years are sprinkled around in various parts of HC. This year, I thought we should establish a thread to keep it handy, and to remind people to make their batches early. Matt made his at the end of August when he first posted it. I made mine today and I think that is plenty of lead time even though six weeks is the bare minimum I would suggest. Mattnog Recipe by Matt NightWoundsTime Dunlop: In a one gallon container or two half gallons, such as glass milk bottles. 14 egg yolks 1 cup cane sugar 6 cups whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 1 750ml bottle of Rebel Yell bourbon (or similar) 1 cup of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (or similar) 1 cup of Rip Van Winkle (or similar) 2 cups of Appleton Reserve Rum (or similar or substitute brandy/cognac or 1 cup of each) Combine all ingredients in a pot or large bowl and mix to incorporate egg yolks and dissolve the sugar. Once well mixed, pour into your container or containers and seal. I tape the plastic lids onto my milk bottles. Store in the refrigerator and shake at least weekly to continue blending. According to Matt: "Yes, the milk curdles and the whole thing is pretty gross for a while but time heals all. By December it will be a thick, creamy, and quite boozy. Also the entire point of this aged eggnog recipe is that the huge booze loadout kills whatever could be in the eggs or milk. The aging process is really a matter of the proteins and fat breaking down, combining with the sugar, and being super smooth and tasty. But you need the booze to keep it all safe for the ensuing months. The basic measurements of liquor in my nog is not far off of the recipe I used, it just had some cognac involved and less rum. Anyway this turns out much better than pasteurized homogenized lab thickened grocery store nog." For serving, you can drink it chilled and straight if you can handle the booze -- it certainly doesn't require additional booze to be tasty and strong. The best way to serve this nog in my opinion is with some whipped cream to make it even more smooth and rich. Place a dollop in the bottom of the serving glass, and fill with nog. If using a punch bowl, put the whipped cream in first and then gold in nog until you have the desired quantity and blend. Grate a little fresh nutmeg on top if you roll that way (thanks for the suggestion, Doug). Here is today's batch, and I'm not sure I can actually wait until December. Luckily, I increased the recipe slightly because I had a little extra milk, so I have 8oz in a jam jar to sample next month. Cheers Matt!
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    The New York Times is also mainstreaming making fresh and aged nog. I might make a fresh batch with this recipe -- maybe substituting whipped cream for the beaten egg whites because I like that so much with the Mattnog -- just to compare them. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/dining/drinks/eggnog-recipe.amp.html
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    Speaker Porn

    Going with the opposite ratio in the bedroom setup. Obviously, I need to even everything up and get my cables lengthened and organized differently, but this setup is incredibly satisfying.
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    Happy Birthday Bryan!

    Have a great one Bro Bryan! Cheers!
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    RIP someone or another

    RIP Gaz Regan, barman, cocktail writer, orange bitters creator and survivor, is gone too young at 68. I think I'll stir up some negronis with my finger later today to toast him. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sfchronicle.com/wine/amp/Gary-Gaz-Regan-barman-and-former-Chronicle-14849907.php
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    RIP someone or another

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    Which Cooking Are You?

    I made a big double batch of Chili Verde À La Nate because my chilis were ripe and I didn't want to waste them. I think I'll make dinner for my dad this weekend and freeze the other two containers for future reference.
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    Which Cooking Are You?

    Persimmon Pudding made with our own persimmons. I quite like this recipe.
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    Happy Birthday JP!

    Happy birthday to our resident Cuban! ¡Salud, por que la belleza sobra! (That translates as "to your health, since you're already so beautiful" for you gringos.)
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    Post what you're watching

    Trapped on Prime
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    Happy Birthday, Chris!

    Have some nice rum and enjoy your big day Chris! Cheers!
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    Happy Birthday mikeymad!

    Happy birthday you fabulous baker boy! What bottle will be opened for 52? Cheers!
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    And now what did you do TODAY?

    Shocking menagerie sprouting up around you!
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    And now what did you do TODAY?

    so you got kittenz?
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    I ain't your task rabbit. And I don't have the refrigerator space. I'll come over and supervise... Decided to go with Old Forester Mattnog, along with Vieux (old) Agricole Clement rum. Before: After:
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    We're already behind on Mattnog 2019, but it's not too late! Nate and Stretch and Shelly and others should get off the stick and get on with the nog! I'm concocting a batch today or tomorrow. Time to break a few eggs!
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    And now what did you do TODAY?

    Latest from Fairfax PD claims that Marin is not supposed to be shut down for the next round unless the Kincaid fire threatens Marin power lines: 10/29/2019 The Fairfax Police Department just received the following update from the Marin County Office of Emergency Services as it relates to the PSPS and current power outages in Fairfax and the entire County. CURRENT: Power is available through the main transmission lines for Marin County but PG&E is experiencing challenges with substations. They are trying to determine and resolve those issues ASAP. FUTURE: Potential Power Shutoff Update: PG&E states that Marin is currently outside the scope of the next general PSPS that begins today (Tuesday) however the Kincade Fire could impact the county. If winds push fire towards transmission lines supplying Marin, PG&E would need to de-energize those lines and Marin would experience outage countywide. PG&E is monitoring fire and weather closely but can not give any detailed information on timing or probabilities.
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    Which Cooking Are You?

    Well done, you.
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    What Are You Building Today

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    Happy Birthday Marc!!

    Have a great one Marc! Cheers!
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    Looking forward to this series. I've never read Watchmen but kind of want to. The movie pretty much sucked and I don't even remember what happened so I'm close to a blank slate for the series.
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    Happy 64th Carl!

    We still need you Carl! Have a great one! Cheers!