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Perfect Eggnog*

6 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 quart skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup whipped topping (as desired)
garnishes or stir-ins, such as chocolate curls, cinnamon, ground nutmeg or peppermint sticks (optional)

In a large saucepan, beat together eggs, sugar and salt. Stir in 2 cups of milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is just to a boil and thick enough to coat a metal spoon.

Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 2 cups of milk and the vanilla.

Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Just before serving, pour into a bowl or pitcher. Fold in whipped topping and garnish or add stir-ins, as desired. Serve immediately.

Yield: 1 1/2 quarts or 12-16 (1/2 cup) servings

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