Cover of the new book "Unwrap Me"

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St. Nick's Hot Chocolate

Nick makes this hot chocolate for Jude the first time he spends the night.

Make your favorite hot chocolate (from scratch or from a mix), top with miniature marshmallows, and add a candy cane as a swizzle stick.


Nick's Mom's Eggnog

On the 8th day of Christmas (the "maids a-milking" day), Nick presents Jude with a batch of this special eggnog.


  • 8 eggs (very fresh; organic preferred)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 1/2 c. Cognac, brandy, or rum (white or dark, as you prefer)
  • 2 c. bourbon
  • 2 c. whipping cream
  • ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg

Separate eggs.
Beat yolks with 1/2 c. sugar, salt, and vanilla until thick and light yellow.

Slowly beat in milk and all alcohol.

Cover and chill overnight.

Beat egg whites until they form soft peaks then gradually beat in 1/2 c. sugar. Beat whipping cream until it forms soft peaks. Fold the egg white and sugar mixture into the beaten whipping cream. Slowly pour in the chilled yolk/milk/alcohol mixture, folding gently.
Sprinkle nutmeg and/or cinnamon on top.



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Cover of the new book "Champagne Rules" - a black man and a white woman kiss in deep wine-coloured light



Nick's Mom's Shortbread

Nick and his brother and sister-in-law are making this shortbread the night they find out his Christmas-loving parents will be away for the holiday.


  • 1 c. butter (unsalted is preferred)
  • 1/2 c. icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter and add vanilla. Knead dough for a couple of minutes. Pat into an ungreased baking pan 15" x 10" x 1" (or flatten onto an ungreased cookie sheet to a thickness of approx. 1/4"). Prick surface all over with a fork, piercing all the way through to the bottom.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, until golden.

Remove from oven and, while warm, cut into desired shapes (rectangles, diamonds, etc.) using a serrated knife.