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Cashew Eggnog

More tradition-rewriting. My grandmother used to make legit, oldskool eggnog on Christmas Day, with raw eggs. She beat it with the rotary beater she had since she and my grandfather got married. I didn’t ask if she made it this year. It finally hit me when surfing Pinterest this week that I should use those two cups of cashews soaking in the back of the fridge (I had intended to use them for Berry Swirl Cheezecake) for some vegan nog.

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Cashew Eggnog
Similar to The Whole Journey

2 cups raw cashew pieces, soaked overnight and drained

2 cups dates, pitted, soaked overnight and drained
4 cups water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
dash cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons rum (for flavor, add more as desired)

In a high-speed blender, blitz everything into creamy oblivion. With a lower-powered machine, blitz in batches and combine in a bowl.

Serve chilled.


With a side of iPhone. I eat it from a small glass with a spoon because it is t-h-i-c-k.

Another suggestion a friend tried: cut the nog with a little water, cinnamon whiskey (i.e., Fireball), and ice.

Bacardi is vegan according to Barnivore, the authority on the veganinity of alcohol. Rum is gluten-free because it is made from fermented sugarcane.

Parting shots:

Made some paleo almond bread tonight to warm up the kitchen and to use up three-month-old almond butter I stashed in the fridge.


Aunt Mary Crea used to serve dates stuffed with peanut butter and rolled in white sugar at her and Uncle Paul’s Christmas Day evening parties. Since I forswore baking cookies this year and didn’t make spaghetti casserole, I had said almond butter in dates for Christmas morning pre-dog-walkies breakfast.

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Here’s to ya!

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