Kefir Eggnog

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Eggnog is one of my favorite things about the holidays, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to drink it for years because of the high sugar/preservative/chemical content of commercial eggnog. I recently started making milk kefir again, and I was finding myself overrun with the stuff, so I started looking for things to make with it.

I found this recipe on our site, and was intrigued. Could I really make eggnog from milk kefir without ending up with some horrible-tasting concoction that I’d just end up throwing away?

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Cranberry Sauces for the Holidays!

Everyone in my family is very into making new and unique dishes, so we each have our own “special dish” that everyone asks for at family events. One of the dishes we serve at Thanksgiving is, of course, cranberry sauce, but we have multiple people with their own recipes, so it can be a little interesting deciding whose cranberry sauce is going to be served!

My personal favorite is the relish my mom makes. She uses the following recipe:

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Easy Homemade Cream Cheese

I love cream cheese. If it weren’t so expensive, I would go through a lot of it. Unfortunately, it is pretty expensive, and most of the cream cheese you find at the store has all sorts of nasty additives that I really would rather not put into my body.

I’ve tried using homemade ricotta and similar products instead, but it just isn’t the same, and takes more time than I have available. But one day, I made some filmjolk (which I had never tasted before), and when I tasted it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it tasted exactly like cultured cream cheese. However, being yogurt, it was way too liquid to use as a spread.

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A Substitute for Kefir? I Think So!

I have to confess something. I really don’t like kefir. I’ve always wanted to like it, but I’ve never been quite able to get used to the taste or texture. I can understand why so many people like it so much, but I can’t quite bring myself to share that enjoyment. So naturally, since I work with people every day to help solve kefir problems, I got a little frustrated by not being able to enjoy a cultured milk drink of my own.

But the other day, I had an idea. I make my own viili yogurt, and I love it. If I had the time to make enough of it, I would probably eat at least a quart a day. The taste is exactly what I like, and it picks up other flavors really well. So, I thought, what if I blended it?

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