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The Best Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Nog EVER!

This post linked to: October 2011 Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Round-up

I have been waiting all year to write this post.

Two reasons:

#1 I finally got to adopt the coveted Ricki Heller for the Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Event.
#2 It's eggnog season and that means more of Ricki's Holiday Nog.

As I write this, I am sipping on a second glass of Ricki's rich and decadent "adult beverage." I took the pictures while sipping on the first. So if the photo is slightly out of focus, if this post is riddled with tydpos, and if I start rambling about eggnog and am a little hard to follow, well ...

...it must have been some pretty powerful rum extract!

Allegedly, my Grandpa Quaintance made the best eggnog ever. Then again, after three glasses of his "heavy-on-the-juice" stuff, what eggnog wouldn't earn that title? Those grown-ups. I never understood what all the fuss was about—until I was "of age."

Grandpa made his the old-fashioned way; whole milk, heavy cream, egg yolks, egg whites. Wow! Rich and creamy all right—and just a tad heavy on the booze for me. Nevertheless, the ceremonial drinking of grandpa's eggnog is a tradition I've not forgotten.

Grandpa passed some years ago but the sweet memories of him and his holiday tradition have not faded. Last Christmas I was craving some of his eggnog, but knew that my stomach couldn't do all that cream. So I hopped online and found Ricki and her Holiday Nog. It may not be your traditional egg and cream nog, but it's every bit as satisfying—at least it is to me. I like that it's not heavy and that it's sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and easily alcohol-free (just use rum extract).

Here is the recipe.

I have followed Ricki for a while now. Aside from being one of the kindest people I know (and pretty cool for being Canadian ;), she is a true innovator and talented recipe developer. Visit her blog and you will quickly pick up that she follows a vegan diet and uses healthy, and sometimes non-traditional ingredients (which I love). She has been a huge contributor of Candida cleansing recipes and content to the internet—so much so that SHAPE Magazine recently nominated her for the 2011 SHAPE Best Blogger Award. She's a popular lady and so it was with delight that I beat everyone else out and got to adopt her for this month's Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Event! If you are fighting the yeast beast, you'll find a great deal of inspiration, resources and coaching at Diet Dessert and Dogs. And, while you are there, be sure to check out Ricki's e-cookbook series.

For the full round-up of this month's Adopt a Gluten-Free Bloggers adoptions, stop by As Good as Gluten. Lauren, many thanks for hosting and all your hard work!

Reader Comments (14)

Lexie, where do I begin? With your stunning photo? Hilarious commentary? Sweet plug about the Shape nomination? Extra points for mentioning Canada? Or being the first person ever to put me in the category of "coveted"?! (The HH should be ashamed of himself!). ;) Thank you so much for adopting me this month and for such a lovey writeup! And most of all, I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the nog so much (and thanks for reminding me that it's nog season once again--wheee!). Wishing your grandpa could have tried some, too. xo Ricki

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Lex, you have done a stunning portrayal of our wonderful Ricki!! I WILL totally be making this nog this season. I, however, WILL be adding the real thing to it. LOL And your photo is just really just beautiful.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim(Cook It Allergy Free)

Ricki, you as soooo worthy of it all : )


November 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Kim, photo compliments from you are huge! I am such a fan of yours. Yes, my hat's off to Ricki.


November 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

This is BETTER than the real thing.. in my opinion. Thank you for a new fun blog to follow! ; )

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhannah

You know it Hannah! : )

November 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

I've never liked egg nog, but I've only had the store bought kind. You have convinced me that I need to give the real thing a try, and I most definitely will this holiday season!

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ As Good As Gluten

This is such a nice post Lexie and the picture, yum! You don't have to tell me twice how awesome Ricki's blog is :)

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

Gorgeous photo! This is such a MUST try recipe!

Can't wait to try this recipe. Your photos always knock my socks off! But are you saying Canadians aren't normally cool? Oh Lex, Ricki and I have a lot of schooling to do with you! xo

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Maggie ... bring it on!

Okay, so Canadians ROCK! But don't let it go to your head.

I remember my single life in Seattle taking the train to Vancouver for the weekend. I felt so Euro and so hip up there! And the one and only witness at our wedding (we pretty much eloped) was my dear, dear CANADIAN friend Michelle from Chilliwack. So there. I DO love Canadians ... but again, don't let it go to your head girlfriend! ha!


November 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Oh my, a great nog recipe, Ricki! Thanks Lexie for posting; the comments on your Grandpa's 4-Roses nog tradition really brought tears of happiness to our eyes.

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPoha

Can you believe I was just thinking about this recipe of Ricki's this weekend? I love egg nog and miss it so. I remembered this recipe of Ricki's, but now I just need to make it! ;-)


November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Ricki's recipes rock - I really need to make a batch 'Nog this year!

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen @ gfedge

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