Preparation info

  • Yields

    16 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Bill Neal's Southern Cooking

Bill Neal's Southern Cooking

By Bill Neal

Published 1985

  • About

Anna Wells Rutledge wrote the introduction to the facsimile of the 1847 edition of The Carolina Housewife, the most important of the early southern cookbooks. She quotes a Philadelphian writing home in 1842: โ€œBefore breakfast, at Christmas time, everyone takes a glass of egg-nog and a slice of cake. It is the universal custom and was not on this occasion omitted by anyone. As Christmas was kept during four days egg-nog was drank regularly every morning.โ€ The nog is one of the most widespread of southern holiday traditions, but it is not only a festive beverage: its ritual consumption on Christmas morning guarantees peace and good cheer for the coming New Year.