While growing up on the farm, we expended tons of energy. Growing boys like to eat, but add farm chores and sports, and we ate everything in sight. And we were thin. Kevin used to eat Wheaties for breakfast; he’d fortify them with raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, bananas, small rodents – anything he could scrounge up. And he’d eat a couple of bowls for breakfast.
When mom & dad declared that one bowl of cereal was the limit, he upgraded to a small mixing bowl, which he deemed sufficient. We thought nothing of it (though I suspect mom & dad noticed) until our cousins, who had visited the farm that summer, wrote that they had a “Kevin bowl” at their house. Their kids requested it when they wanted a lot of something.
But the real genius was that, instead of adding milk to his cereal, Kevin would whip up a batch of eggnog and pour that on his cereal. If you’ve never done this, its pretty tasty. Of course, you’re also adding two eggs, two tablespoons of sugar, and two cups of whole milk to your cereal. Try it sometime (use a big bowl).
I’ve never tampered with the recipe, except to replace the manual blender with a Cuisinart Smart Stick, and to occasionally add some amaretto (much better than rum).
Kevin claims the reason he ate so many bowls of cereal was because there was always milk left at the bottom of the bowl. When the one bowl ‘ban’ went into effect he says he strategically poured in a lot more cereal which required even more ‘strategery’ when eating.
Easy Egg Nog
In a 2 cup container, beat 2 eggs rapidly. Fluff them up as high as you can (to the 1 cup level).
Add 2 Tbsp of sugar, and a little (I use a capful) vanilla, and mix again.
Add milk to the 2 cup line and mix thoroughly.
Pour in a mug with a dash of nutmeg on top.
Also, add a little amaretto liqueur to taste.