"We've got Plates and Places", it was a quote that my great grandfather often used to encourage guest to stay, visit and dine with the family. My great grandparents had very little, but there was always enough food to go around. For me,the expression not only relates to what my great grandfather intended it's use, it also is fitting for my love to travel and the recipes I collect from those travels. So join me, "There's always Plates and Places!"
Friday, December 19, 2008
Pecans are the perfect snack. Wrapped in it's own gift wrap, inside is the gift. SO yummy! And this time of year, they are in season. Perfect for pies and cakes, and all sorts of wonderful desserts. But they are also nice to enjoy right out of the shell. This recipe is just that, with a little pizazz. And it also makes a nice gift for neighbors and friends. Package up some in a cute "takeout" style box or a small mason jar, throw in some packages of tea of coffee or cocoa and it is perfect!
3 Cups pecan halves 1/2 Cup Sugar 1/4 Cup water 1 Tbsp instant coffee granules 1 tsp ground cinnamon dash of salt
Spread pecans on an ungreased jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes. Combine sugar and next four ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar and coffee dissolve, stirring often. Add pecans and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Spread pecans in an ungreased pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minute, stirring every 5 minutes. Cool completely:store in an airtight container.