Apple, Onion and Rosemary Tart with Cinnamon Honey

Apple, Onions & Rosemary TartI love a good tart.  Once I managed to get past letting puff pastry intimidate me and realized how simple it is to use, I’ve created quite a few.  This sweet and savory one was created for my client L&M Companies Produce a while back and is featured on their web page here!

Realizing it’s Apple Pie Day, and this is the closest thing to an apple pie in my repertoire, I decided to share this recipe with you too.  It’s basically a flat open faced apple pie I do suppose.

You can enjoy this as an appetizer, as a side dish, and pairs nicely with a salad for lunch. Or as an adventurous and outside-the-box dessert with coffee too.

I hope you will make this tart… and will come over to my facebook community where we’ll chat about this and all sorts of other goodies too.

Apple, Onion & Rosemary Tart

...a delightful sweet and savory tart to enjoy as an appetizer, side, with salad for brunch or as an outside-the-box dessert!

Course: Appetizer, Brunch, Dessert, Pie, Side Dish
Cuisine: Farmers Market, Garden Goodies, Southern
Keyword: apple, onion, rosemary, tart
Author: Wendy Perry
Ingredients
  • 1 17.3 ounce box frozen puff pastry,

    thawed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced and divided thinly sliced and divided
  • 2 red apples (such as Gala or Braeburn), cored and cut into ½” thick half-moon slices
  • 1 bunch bunch green onions,
    trimmed and cut into 1” pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 8-ounce carton cream cheese with chives, softened
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ¾ of the sliced red onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and caramelizing, 4-5 minutes. 

  3. Stir in the apple, green onions, salt and pepper. Cook until barely tender, about 2 minutes.

  4. Unfold the 2 sheets of pastry and place end to end on sprayed large baking pan. Pinch middle seam together to make one large sheet. Pinch crust up around outside edge.

  5. Spread softened cream cheese over the pastry leaving a 1” border. Top with the onion-apple mixture. Scatter with the remaining uncooked red onion and rosemary.  

  6. Bake 30-35 minutes until browned. Remove from oven and immediately scatter with the grated cheese and nuts. Slice and serve while warm.

Carrying on a Carolina Tradition… the dying community “art” of the hog killin!

 

Hog Killin ~ Hopkins, NC

The work has commenced. The ladies have trimmed the “scrap” meat, and it’s time to add the seasonings… it’s SAUSAGE time y’all! The best you ever had…

Published in Carolina Country Magazine… November 2019!

 

Always eager to share my culinary adventures… foods and traditions of my life and growing up in the country, this tale and annual “ritual” I have grown up around is a story not often told. Folks love pork chops, ribs, butts and sausage, but some balk at what it takes to have such on their plates.  Those pork chops, like the vegetables we/they also eat, don’t just “appear” behind swinging doors at the local grocer.  Whether corporate farm-raised, or backyard grown and harvested, those are the places our nourishment comes from.

I realize that for some, parts of this pork harvest may be bothersome. So YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.  I have shared more of the day’s images here on my blog post beyond what is appropriate for or would fit in the magazine.

This is for me… as I addressed in my piece. But as I pondered, and prayed about “the deed” of putting down the hogs, and being a part of this day from start to finish, I found peace.  Generations before us have carried out this annual butchering… often on several community days on chilly, even really cold, winter days, to do as they just did “back in the day.”  This was just part of life… and necessary to feed their families throughout the year.  I can still remember my Ma Perry grabbing a chicken out back, ringing its neck, pluck’n and frying up the best chicken ever.  These things are part of my personal heritage, and I’m damn glad of it. 

Writing about this topic had to be handled judiciously.  And I think I accomplished telling the story… of the spirit of the little rural crossroads community of Hopkins, NC… with love and with a focus on its purpose, the love and spirit these friends and neighbors have for helping one another… and most especially, with the tale of multiple generations of the Jackson family carrying on this century-plus old tradition.  It truly made my heart smile that day to be a bystander, and watch as the “dance” was done… teaching a next generation all the intricacies from start to finish… culminating with a freezer and salt house full of the BEST pork you could ever eat.

I wish I had a patty of that perfectly seasoned, hand mixed sausage right now… with a little “crunch” just the way MY family made it decades ago.  There are some things that just need to carry on till eternity… and this is one of them!  I hope you will enjoy my story, and feel as though you were there with us.  Please do share your own such memories in comments below, OR come over and add them to this post on my facebook community!
And editor Scott at Carolina Country might like for you to share your own memories after reading the article too… send those to editor@carolinacountry.com 

There were too many pictures from the day for the magazine… here are a few for you to enjoy!  But just know that if blood is bothersome, you’ll want to leave now.  Be sure you subscribed to my blog while here as one of these days I will add videos from the kill’n here. And subscribe to my YouTube channel where they will be eventually for you to enjoy as well.

The posse is all here...

The posse is all here…

Sun up on Jackson Farm

Sun up on Jackson Farm

 

Starting the scalding vat fire...

Starting the scalding vat fire…

 

Terry feeding the scalding vat fire...

Terry feeding the scalding vat fire… temp must reach 150 and no more than 158

the deed is done

the deed is done

hauling the hogs to the vat

hauling the hogs to the vat… each weight out 350-400 pounds!

scraping the hair has commenced

scraping the hair has commenced

all hands on deck for fast hair scraping

all hands on deck for fast hair scraping

preparing tools of the day

preparing tools of the day

the art of the butcher

the art of the butcher

master artisan teaching the next generation

…master artisan teaching the next generation

butcher time... work has commenced

butcher time… work has commenced

easy going... don't want to cut the innards

easy going… don’t want to cut the innards… because THAT would be a big stinky mess o’poop!

future chitlins no waste

future chitlins ~ no waste

bone cracker

bone cracker… more tools of the day

everybody has their job

everybody has their job at the kill’n…

working fast before the temp rises

working fast before the temp rises on this unseasonably warm January day…

neighbors helping neighbors

all hands on deck… neighbors helping neighbors

everybody knows the brains are Mr. Rudolph's

everybody knows the brains are Mr. Rudolph’s!

Feet anyone? No Waste

Feet anyone? No Waste

everybody trims scraps for sausage

everybody trims scraps for sausage… Love the old and the new… technology! lol

the fat ratio for sausage has to be just right

the fat ratio has to be just right for the sausage…

doin the dew and peanuts... quick break!

doin the dew and peanuts… quick break! Eat’n local NC Baker’s Peanuts

a generations old community sausage seasoning recipe

a generations old community sausage seasoning recipe passed down from Booger Hopkins

seasoned hands seasoned meat Mr. Rudolph

seasoned hands seasoned meat Mr. Rudolph Bunn

Three generations of Jacksons

Three generations of Jacksons…

grinding sausage

grinding sausage…

Sausage! The best you ever ate

Sausage! The best you ever ate!

got to fry up a test pan of sausage

Waddell Mitchell… got to fry up a test pan of sausage!

Lunch time... been simmering all morn on the wood stove

Lunch time… homemade soup’s been simmering all morn on the wood stove! Soup and saltines…

 

back to work... slow and steady filling link sausage in casings

Lunch over… back to work… slow and steady filling link sausage in casings!

as good as gold... link sausage

This right here is as good as gold… link sausage!

well deserved sit-down

…well deserved sit-down

The ladies pack'n up the sausage

The ladies pack’n up the sausage!

Wanda Jackson wrapping meat in freezer locker paper

Wanda Jackson wrapping meat in freezer locker paper… hundreds of pounds of meat!

everybody stirs the cracklins

everybody stirs the cracklins.. hurry up, we can hardly wait!

cracklins almost ready

cracklins almost ready… smells sooooo good!

fix'n the lard crock

…fix’n the lard crock

sun setting & the lard is rendered

…as the sun sets, the lard is rendered

the best cracklins ever

Y’all… the best cracklins ever!

Rural Folk. Rural Community.... traditions.... it doesn't get any better!

Rural Folk. Rural Community…. traditions…. it doesn’t get any better! Neighbor helping neighbor.

 

The Jackson Family

BIG thanks to The Jackson Family for letting me photo-journal this day…. sorry Rebekah couldn’t join us but she was there in spirit!

time to put the coat on and head on to the house

The torch has passed to Caleb… time to put the coat on and head on to the house!

 

I am most grateful to my friends, the Jackson family, and to the community folk who let me be a bystander on this day… to capture these images of what so many of us grew up with and around.  I hope you enjoyed the day I photo-journaled for you all.  The sense of community is alive in well in Hopkins… and little crossroads outside of Zebulon, North Carolina… my forever home.  May this time-honored tradition of neighbor helping neighbor survive this crazy world… and continue for generations to come.

As I close, I give thanks to the 2 hogs that provided the meat for this family and those of us who helped that day. As noted, we must be grateful, and teach future generations that their food doesn’t magically appear through those swinging doors at the grocery store. Much sacrifice is made for them to eat… and eat good food.  We honor and give thanks to these animals… the farmers that feed and tend them, and prepare them for the family table.  

Published in Carolina Country Magazine… November 2019!
Wendy Perry
Freelance Writer  & Culinary Adventurist

For more information visit my web age at WendyPerry.com
I would love to hear from you if you have other ideas of interest or if you have stories to be told for your publication. 

Cinnamon-Pear Energy “Cookie” Bites

Cinnamon-Pear Energy "Cookie" Bites

Published in Carolina Country Magazine September 2018

When fall arrives, one of the first things that comes to mind for me are pears!  My grandma had an “ole timey” pear tree where she would pick some up off the ground and make the BEST pear preserves.  Just simple… pears and sugar.  The slivers of pear were tender, yet had just a little bite to them… just right!  It’s hard to find those preserves anymore… seems like folks want to gussie them up by adding all sorts of spices and such… and for me, just doesn’t do a thing to make them better. Just give me simple.

A friend of mine, Joan, saw me looking (begging!) for some old-fashioned simple pear preserves like my Ma Perry made a couple of years ago on Facebook.  She has gifted me with some ever since. Now aren’t friends that can homemade goodies that share ’em with you just the BEST?

I recently came across one of these ole timey pear trees in a most unusual place.  So I asked the lady who owns the property if I could get some!  She told me to “get all you want!”  So I got some… but life got in the way… got too damn busy, and didn’t get around to making the pear preserves I intended to make.  🙁  One of those “maybe next year” projects, now that I know about this jewel of a tree!

So… back to my post and recipe!  

I just kinda threw these balls together one day to see what they’d taste like!  Not bad… so with a little tweak here and there, I got them like I wanted for last fall and Carolina Country Magazine.  These would be a fun way to get your children “playing” in the kitchen!  So round up the ingredients and make some.  They are perfect for tucking into lunch bags or just grabbing out of the fridge for a quick snack.

Enjoy… and see you over in my Facebook community!

Cinnamon-Pear Energy “Cookie” Bites

Fall is here, and so are fresh pears. Use these no-bake treats as “cookies,” perfect to tuck into lunch bags for everyone’s enjoyment.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Garden Goodies, No Cook
Keyword: cookie bites, energy bites, pears
Author: Wendy Perry
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup peeled and grated firm pears with juice, (about 3 pears depending on size)
  • 3/4 cup crunchy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 5 ounce bag sliced almonds, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.

  2. In a smaller bowl, combine pear with remaining wet ingredients. Pour over dry mixture and blend until evenly coated. (Using hands works best to make sure all ingredients are incorporated together.)

  3. Refrigerate for an hour.

  4. With hands or small scoop, roll into tablespoon-sized balls, then roll in crushed almonds. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days.

Big Mama’s Sticky Biscuits… thumbprint pepper jelly treats!

Recipe by Wendy Perry for Peggy Rose’s Jellies!

As most of you know, I wear many hats around here. In addition to all my culinary pursuits and “jobs,” I also have a social media and marketing business… that primarily focuses on small local NC food products and restaurants.  My newest client happens to be a company with a lady at the helm I have known for years… crossed paths with at many a NC food event… and sometimes see when judging at the NC Specialty Foods Association contests.

I am now doing social media and marketing for Mrs. Peggy Rose Newsome…. aka Peggy Rose’s Jellies!  For some of my clients, I also do recipe development to help market their goodies.  I have a gazillion ideas of ways to use her jellies… champagne mustard, and cranberry pepper jelly sauce, so stay tuned.  I will occasionally share those here with you on my blog, but do come follow along on her facebook page where they will all land for starters.

I like to keep my recipes as simple as possible to encourage busy folks like yourself to actually make them. When I open a magazine or blog and see a recipe with a list of ingredients long as my arm, and with stuff I don’t have and don’t have desire to go hunting for, I just turn the page!  When this idea popped into my head last week, I just had to give it a try. And again, what was in my head worked like a charm!

These fun little biscuits only have 2 ingredients… well, three, counting black pepper. But they are so tasty… and good warm or room temp.   All you do is pick up a bag of frozen tea biscuits… (I use Mary B’s) put a few on a baking pan (I baked mine in my toaster oven!) and let thaw until soft… poke a dent with your thumb, and add a dollop (my favorite culinary word!) of Peggy Rose’s jelly… any will do… and pop into preheated (375) oven.  It took them about 12 or so minutes to get lightly browned.  The jelly oozed over the biscuits and made them all “sticky” and yummy!  As soon as I took them out of the oven, I gave them a few twists of freshly ground black pepper.  Folks, it just doesn’t get any easier that that!  Serve for breakfast… or alongside any meal!  Another great thing is that you can keep some tea biscuits in your freezer to make just a few at the time.

I’m really tickled that this idea popped into my frenzied brain!  This is a great example of how sometimes… less is more!  You can make ahead to serve at parties… for bridge club ladies… on your holiday tables instead of plain old rolls… tailgate tables and more.  Just let YOUR imagination run! 

So till next time, make yourself some sticky biscuits!  And come join the fun on my facebook community too.  

Mary B's Tea Biscuits

Image by HomemadeFoods

FYI… these are the frozen tea biscuits I use…

Mary B’s made by HomemadeFoods!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seafood Bisque Casserole

Published in Carolina Country Magazine February 2019

For many years, I was a very busy personal chef… and was the first girl personal chef in the Triangle area.  During some of those years, I founded a professional association to teach others how to be a personal chef and manage their own businesses.  One of my personal chef client favorite dishes was my Seafood Bisque Casserole.  I had a couple of households that had me make doubles of this at each visit.  It can be served over any number of things… pasta, rice, creamy grits, in puff pastry cups… or my personal favorite, over creamy buttery mashed potatoes.

This is a nice comfort food dish for enjoying on a chilly night by the fire.  As we find ourselves here in fall and winter on the way, add these ingredients to your shopping list to have on hand to make when the notion strikes you.  

So find yourself the freshest local North Carolina seafood you can… and just make some!  Support your local seafood fishermen and woman… #shoplocal #eatlocal
#GotToBeNC Seafood #NCCatch

Be sure to come over and share if you do in my facebook community!  

Seafood Bisque Casserole

For those that enjoy a warm bowl of seafood bisque, you'll be sure to love this Seafood Bisque Casserole. Fully of shrimp, scallops and crab, this buttery creamy dish can be enjoyed over pasta, rice, grits, creamed potatoes or spooned into puff pastry cups.

Course: Main Course, Supper
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Southern
Keyword: bisque, casserole, crab, scallops,, seafood, shrimp
Author: Wendy Perry
Ingredients
  • 6 sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 large shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled
  • 1 pound bay scallops
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup sherry, divided
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk, half-and-half or combination, room temperature
  • 1/2 pound cooked crabmeat (more if desired)
  • 2 cups grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup minced parsley
  • 6 cups cooked pasta*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven broiler.

  2. Cook bacon in soup pot over medium high heat until crispy.

  3. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of drippings and add butter. Once butter is melted and sizzling, sauté shallots about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and scallops. Cook 3–4 minutes just until done, being careful not to overcook. Using slotted spoon, remove seafood from juices. Stir in salt, pepper and ¼ cup of sherry; reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes.

  4. Whisk flour into remaining sherry to make a slurry.

  5. Stir milk into simmering liquid. Once warm, whisk in slurry and continue heating several minutes, whisking until thickened. Return seafood to bisque and heat 1 minute.

  6. Spoon over pasta in a large baking dish. Scatter with crabmeat, cheese and crumbs. Place in oven on middle rack and broil 4–5 minutes to melt cheese and brown crumbs. Garnish with bacon and parsley. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

* If preferred, the bisque can be prepared as noted without the pasta to be spooned over grits, rice, mashed potatoes or into phyllo pastry cups.

Culinary Adventures of a State Fair Judge

Culinary Adventures @ NC State Fair with Lisa Prince

I always have such fun each year judging at the NC State Fair! Enjoy this tale…. “Culinary Adventures of a State Fair Judge”

 

Read… Culinary Adventures of a State Fair Judge Carolina Country Mag October 2017

I do declare! I had no idea until today I’d never shared this here on my blog.  So here you go.

This week, the NC State Fair opens… and I love the fair!  For a longggg time, I have had the fun opportunity to judge several of the daily cooking contests each year.  How lucky am I?  

Each day of the fair, there is a different cooking contest, most sponsored by one of our many awesome agricultural commodities here in North Carolina… and with pretty darn good prize money. I sometimes think I should give up judging and enter some of my recipes, but the annual “get-together” of old friends, colleagues in the world of us few home economists, local TV celebs and friends at the NC Department of Agriculture keeps me going back to my judges chair.

Since I’ve included all the goodies in my story, I’ll leave it at that.  So do hop over to Carolina Country Magazine, where you can read my article I wrote for them a couple of years ago.  I encourage you to enter next year. Just google “NC State Fair Daily Special Cooking Contests” about July or August. Get in your kitchen… fine tune your recipe(s) and enter!  Just make sure to read the rules and criteria of each carefully… because if you don’t adhere to that, your dish will be put aside and disqualified!
This year, I’ll be judging NC Vegetables… Apples, Pork and Beef!  Taste buds in training this week. 

So… get your fair on this week!  I hope to run into you there. 

Nope… “this is NOT ‘derby pie!'” HorseRace Pie perhaps??

"This is NOT 'derby pie Pie!"

I’m a pie gal… give me a piece of good ole pie over cake any day!  Like this not-derby “horserace pie.”  LOL
I didn’t know for years, and most folks still do not know, you cannot call your pie “derby pie.”  If you do, you might just have a lawsuit showing up on your doorstep. The Kern’s had foresight years ago to trademark “derby-pie” and have been known to aggressively protect it.  So while I share this pie I’ve made for decades with you, known for years as that but made a little differently, you will NOT hear me calling it “derby pie.” Imma not going to get all into that, but you can read all about the trademark those folks obtained here for those details. And more here too from the Smithsonian!

According to their web site, their pie has walnuts, and bourbon, neither of which you will find in my pie recipe. So I guess I was just confused for years since the recipe came to me with that name.  Maybe I’ll have a ‘name that pie’ contest!  

Just about everybody has their version of this simple and “wow-some” gooey-on-the-bottom chocolate pecan pie.  I’ve had this recipe for decades and no idea from whence it came. I just know it’s good, it’s quick and easy to make, and checks off several boxes… chocolate pie, pecan pie, and even brownie pie!  And best of all…
the recipe makes TWO pies… one to keep and one to share.

Do you have a version of your own?  Do come over to my facebook community and share it!
And till then…. make PIE! Just don’t be make’n no derby pie.

"This is NOT 'derby pie' Pie!"

I love pie. I love this pie. Simple. And covers many bases... pecan pie... chocolate pie... brownie pie... gooey pie! The recipe makes 2 pies too... so you can keep one and share one. Just make PIE and be sure not to call it "derby pie."

Course: Dessert, Pie, Sweet Treats
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: pecan pie, chocolate pie, gooey chocolate pie, brownie pie
Servings: 2 pies
Author: Wendy Perry
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 12 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 16 ounce chopped pecan pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 9" pie crusts (not deep dish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Poke bottom of crust a few times with fork and place into oven while it preheats.

  3. Mix all ingredients together and divide into the 2 pie crusts.

  4. Bake about 35-40 minutes until set in the middle.

    Let cool a bit before cutting.

Cinnamon Candy Apple Nut Brittle

Cinnamon Candy Apple Nut Brittle

Published in Carolina Country Magazine October 2019

YaY!  It’s finally NC State Fair week.  Most everyone loves the fair, for so many different reasons.  I have fond memories of fairs with friends during high school… fun dates… and taking my now 15-year-old nephew Wyatt in his younger years and loving every minute of glee in his little eyes and giggles on the kiddie rides and playing the games where he’d win a toy for $20 that we could buy at the dollar store.
Or a fish in a bag!! LOL 

Another enjoyable thing for me is to find a bench to plop down on… and just watch people.
You see some of the damndest things at the fair.  I’ll leave my thoughts and comments right there!

I have no idea what year it was… 15-20 or so ago, when I was first invited to be a judge for the daily cooking contests. By far, this may be my most favorite fair thing of all!  As a recipe creator myself, I always love sitting in that little room and seeing what will show up on the days I judge… and enjoy the camaraderie of those of us in that little room all tasting… oooh-ing and ahhh-ing… and sometimes saying “nope, can’t do that!”  I do admire all who enter their recipes, but some need to be sure and have a back up plan if they have aspirations of a culinary career.  

So… back to this recipe!  This is my final of 3 recipes to blog here I created for Carolina Country’s October 2019 fair-inspired recipes.  I had this idea in my head, and it took me a couple of times to get it like I wanted it… so I do hope you will enjoy.  My best advice for making this, as with most all candies, is to not make it on a humid day.  When creating and testing this candy apple brittle, it just fell that way in my schedule a couple of times.

Results = Total Sticky Pull-Your-Teeth-Out FAIL!

So when you’re missing fair time, and a good ole candy apple, give this a try.  It might help satisfy your craving just a bit.  It makes a pretty red Christmas red for your holiday festivities.  

I hope you’ll give it a try and come over and add your comments or questions on my facebook community.

…and hope you can make it to the NC State Fair next week too!

Cinnamon Candy Apple Nut Brittle

For those who might miss our NC State Fair, I stirred up something reminiscent of those iconic candy apples. My nut brittle will tickle your taste buds with its crunchy texture and candy apple flavor filled with toasty NC pecan pieces, plus a hint of cinnamon! Made in less than 10 minutes in your microwave.

Course: Fun Food!, Sweet Treats
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Wendy Perry
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons flakey or coarse ground sea salt, optional
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and syrup in an 8-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on high for 5–6 minutes until it reaches a rolling boil.

  2. Carefully remove and stir in ¼ teaspoon salt, butter, extract, spices and pecans. Microwave 1–2 minutes longer until boiling. Remove and quickly stir in food coloring and soda.

  3. Pour onto greased slab or cookie sheet and spread with back of spoon. Sprinkle with salt.

  4. Let the brittle cool at least 1 hour. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Variation: Unsalted roasted peanuts or other nuts can be substituted for the pecans.

Tip: Best not to make this (or most candy) on humid days. You may end up with chewy rather than crunchy brittle.

 

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