Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let the Eating Begin!

One of Kevin's traditional inclusions in our annual Christmas Box, sent to family and friends, is his salted nut brittle.  This is one of those seasonal treats that you become addicted too and later are glad is have to brush your teeth immediately after consumption, but it is well worth it.  The recipe is here.  Make it on a crisp dry day and it will keep (if you can keep out of it) for a couple of weeks.  Kevin's mom used to love this stuff, so much so that his dad had to tell him to stop sending it because she would break her teeth eating it!!

What's not to like: cashews, macadamias, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts - Safeway sells a decently priced tub of salted mixed nuts that we usually get - with caramel-y brittle and sea salt.  The most difficult part is getting the hot mixture out of the saucepan and onto the Silpat lined sheet pan, spreading out to a single nut layer.  Kevin has it down. 

The other holiday fixture in our boxes is Kevin's Meyer lemon marmalade, which he will start making tomorrow.  Every year there  is something new...this year it will be

Oh.  Never mind.  We want to keep some of the contents a surprise, don't we?

Otherwise, this week marks the true beginning of holiday excess eating for many of us.  Office parties, cookie baking, red and green M&Ms - they are all out there, calling, calling to us.  We have quite a few special confections reserved for the holiday, most of which have already been documented on this Blog.  One that is not being repeated this year is one of my favorite sweets - the Modjeskas we get from Bauer's in Kentucky.  Why? because we still have some in the freezer from last year!!  Ooops!  Must have ordered too much!  Still, when I go to their website, they are tempting. 

Later I will report on our plans for the Holiday Champagne.  Bet you can't wait!

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