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Margot’s Lethal Eggnog


Margot’s Lethal Eggnog

Makes 24 Cups


Holiday time is upon us and so I want to share with you this really fabulous eggnog recipe that I have made for many years. I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t absolutely rave about it.  However, please make sure that you and your guests all drink it in moderation because it’s so good and goes down so easy that it’s easy to guzzle a lot of it without realizing the effects.  If you wish to cut down on the hard liquor amounts, please do.  It’ll still be good.  And as always, if any of your guests have driven to your fun event and have maybe enjoyed this nog a bit too much, please make sure that the guests have a designated driver to get them home.  As a fun aside, did you know that there was an Eggnog Riot that occurred at the United States Military Academy in December 1826?  Evidently whiskey was smuggled into the barracks to make eggnog for a Christmas Day party and the incident must have turned into a huge rowdy party because it resulted in the court-martialing of 20 cadets and one enlisted soldier.  So there you are; that’s why I call it “Margot’s Lethal Eggnog”.  You never can tell what can happen when making and enjoying this.



  1. 1/2 Gallon French Vanilla Ice Cream (softened)
  2. 1 Pint Whipped Whipping Cream
  3. 1 Pint Rum (white or dark)
  4. 1/2 Pint Brandy or Bourbon (I use bourbon because it’s less sweet tasting)



  1. Let soften the ice cream; this may take up to an hour at room temp.
  2. Whip the whipping cream.
  3. In a large punch bowl, or any kind of nice holiday container, fold the whipped cream into the ice cream.  Add the booze, stir a bit and sprinkle a bit of nutmeg on the top.
  4. Around your bowl place your nog cups, a shaker with nutmeg, and of course a ladle in the bowl.
  5. Bon Appetit and as I said—BEWARE but enjoy and be safe.


For easy access and printing of this and past recipes, visit Margot’s blog http://blog.tempinnkeeper.com  Call Margot for personal cooking help @ 721-3551.

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.





Ceviche and Margaritas To Enjoy On The Pavillion Lawn


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Ceviche ( a perfect appetizer) and Margaritas To Enjoy On The Pavillion Lawn

Serves about 4 -1 ½ Cups Each

Yes indeed the Sun Valley Summer Symphony is in full swing and I am loving it.  What fun to see everyone on the lawn relaxing, munching, imbibing and listening to the wonderful notes floating through the air! It’s a perfect time for family, loved ones and friends to gather together along with a sumptuous something on which to dine.  So, here are two easy something’s (which I borrowed) for you to make and treat your group.



1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces (I used the $1 frozen packaged variety from Albertsons)

1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, minced

1/2 C. lime juice

1/2 C. chopped fresh cilantro

1 Tsp. chopped fresh oregano

1/4 Tsp. salt

1 bell pepper green, red, or yellow or mixed, halved crosswise and thinly sliced

1 large tomato, chopped (make sure it’s tasty)

1/2 C. very thinly SLICED white onion

1/4 C. quartered green olives (yes, even if you don’t like olives)

1 avocado, chopped


Place tilapia in a medium skillet.  Cover with water.  Bring to a boil over high heat, remove from the heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes. (I slightly unfroze my Albertsons packaged tilapia first.)

In a medium sized bowl, place jalapeno, lime juice, 2 Tblsp. cilantro, oregano and salt. Whisk the mixture. Gently fold in the bell pepper, tomato, sliced onion, and olives. Finally, gently fold in the tilapia which has now cooled a bit and been cut into pieces into the mixture. Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes—several hours is even better, so make this in the morning of your picnic.

When taking to the picnic put the ceviche in a pretty dish topped with the remaining cilantro and avocado that has been sprinkled with some lemon to keep it from turning brown, and put a good spill proof cover on the dish. Serve this with warm corn tortillas. Warm the tortillas in some paper towels which have been moistened in your micro—just a minute (mas o menos), and then put them in aluminum foil to keep warm for later.  To serve, let everyone scoop a generous portion of ceviche in their corn tortilla. Or if you wish, you can make your own fat free tortilla chips (350 oven-place tortillas on rack-after 3 minutes or so see if crisp enough to break into chips) or buy some. Make sure you have some sturdy plates and good napkins as well.


Buy some Lime or Lemon Sorbet, put in a freezer bag along with a baggie of ice cubes from your freezer; take a bottle of gold tequila; a bottle of club soda; some fun glasses; 3 plastic containers (large enough that your glass rim can fit in it), one filled with some lemon or lime juice, and the second with salt and the third with sugar for glass rimming,; straws and spoons for sipping, stirring, and perhaps just eating; and a small baggie with thinly sliced limes. (Hint: For glass rimming, dip your glass in the lime or lemon juice container first and then dip into the sugar or salt containers.)When you are ready for your Margarita, place a generous scoop of the sorbet in the glass and pour a jigger or so of tequila over it.  Stir just a bit with your straw————-and there you are. Add some ice cubes and club soda if it’s too vigorous for your palate. YUM but of course as always, remember, have a designated driver if you are driving.  For the DD, try the sorbet and a bit of sparkling water with some sprits/slices of lemon or lime or just let the DD enjoy spooning the sorbet directly in the mouth.

For easy access and printing of this and past recipes, visit Margot’s blog http://blog.tempinnkeeper.com  Call Margot for personal cooking help @ 721-3551.

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.

Reverse Irish Coffee


Reverse Irish Coffee Just In Time For St. Pat’s

Having lived near “The City” aka, San Francisco, for many years, I did and still do always love to venture into the Buena Vista Café.  This fun-filled café which always features the most interesting souls is located at the lower turn stile of the famous Hyde St. cable car.  It has gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay, but who looks at that when you are surrounded by all of these unique people.  Usually you are lucky to get any where near the bar and for heavens sakes, you certainly don’t go to have a deep conversation; for one thing the people noise usually is deafening. So what you do is gawk at everyone and imbibes the famous BV Irish Coffee—made famous by Stanton Delaplane, the travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.   He supposedly brought that drink to the USA after drinking it at the Shannon Airport, Ireland and the BV started serving it in November, 1952.  The original supposedly was conceived in the 1940’s by a group of American passengers who disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a miserable winter evening in the 1940’s.  Well, I can relate to that because in 1946 I was on a Pan Am Flying Boat Europe bound when we had to make an emergency forced landing in Newfoundland.  That was an interesting experience and even as an 8 year old, I could have well used an Irish Coffee. The following is an unusual version of this drink; how ever, it is good and a bit lighter on the calories than the more original version. It’s also to be served cold for a reverse.  Happy St. Pat’s everyone and enjoy!!!! (Hint: remember, not too many)

Main Tumbler Ingredient:

2 oz. Irish Whiskey

Coffee Foam Ingredients:

2 oz. Coffee Liqueur

1 Egg White (at room temp)

1. Combine whiskey and ice cubes in a tumbler. Top with 1 to 2 inches of coffee


2. For coffee foam: Gather an egg white from a room temperature egg in a small

bowl, add a splash of lemon juice and beat till fairly stiff.  Then put in 2 oz. of

coffee liqueur. Whip more.  Don’t worry, it won’t be as stiff as before, but it’ll

still be perfect to add as a topping for your Reverse Irish Coffee.

Your choices then are:

a.        Put the mixture in a chargeable whipped-cream dispenser, charge it up; shake vigorously and then add 1 or 2 inches more to your drink.

b.       Or if you don’t have the dispenser, just distribute one or two inches worth from your whipped egg white bowl and that’ll be just fine.

c.        Remember not to stir and to drink the bottom liquid through the foam.

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share. For comments, questions, and ideas please feel free to email her:margot6@mindspring.com.