Friday, December 30, 2005

Don't mess with a Minnesotan's dairy products

Sometimes it's fun to count up the empty alcohol bottles the morning after a party and to marvel at the quantity and variety consumed. What's even more fun is to tally the milk and meat products required for three days of hard-core Christmas cooking and baking. My mom and I determined that between Friday the 23rd and Sunday the 25th, our family consumed:

3½ pounds of butter
4 cups of half-and-half cream
8 cups of whipping cream
2 quarts of egg nog
an insignificant amount of skim milk
2 dozen eggs
a 20-pound turkey
1 pound of ground beef
1 pound of ground pork
1 pound of breakfast sausage

Go team! I can't let my immediate family take all the credit, though. We had 14 relatives over for dinner on Christmas, which nearly quadrupled our collective digestive capacity. And a little bit of Christmas Eve's rice pudding was still left over on Tuesday; we couldn't finish all of the leftovers. I guess we'll just have to try again next year.

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