Sugar ‘n Spice Walnuts

These nuts are delicious and you should make two batches: One to eat yourself, and one to give to the person you love most in the world.

My Grandmas' Recipes

This is NOT my grandma’s recipe. I’m claiming it as my own. I clipped it from some magazine about a hundred years ago and taped it onto an index card because that’s what we used to do before there were computers and smartphones and Evernote.

It’s been a few years since I made these, because I recall them as being kind of messy and tedious, but I also remember them being DELICIOUS. So, I dug out the card again last week:

Capture The original recipe card. 

If you know me or you’ve read any of my other posts, you know I don’t usually take recipes as gospel. I’m always tweaking and modifying ingredients and techniques to suit my preferences. So here’s the scoop on these sugar ‘n spice walnuts.

First: You can see I added a note that almonds or pecans also work well. They do. Pecans especially. My last batch…

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Grandma Sara’s Butter Brickle

Bumping this back to the top – here’s a recipe you’ll want to try – makes a great gift during the holidays!

My Grandmas' Recipes

Here’s one you’ll want to add to your holiday cooking list, and I’m telling you right now, plan on making a double batch because it goes fast. This is Grandma Sara’s butter brickle, or English toffee. She made it every year at Christmastime, and a batch of this, placed in a special piece of pottery, was the coveted gift in our family gift exchange for years!  I learned to make this many years ago, but even though I follow her recipe closely, I still say hers tasted better.


2/3 c. sliced almonds, crushed, divided into 2 parts
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips (milk chocolate is okay too, because really, when does milk chocolate not work, anyway?)

Prepare pan: Line a cookie sheet that has sides (jelly roll pan) with foil, then butter the…

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Come hear Handel’s “Messiah”

IT'S TIME AGAIN FOR shameless self-promotion. Well, it isn't exactly self-promotion: I am part of a much larger group, the National Philharmonic Chorale, and we are presenting Handel's Messiah on December 16 and 17, 2017. Together with the National Philharmonic, and four fabulous soloists, we do the whole thing, start to finish. (Well, most of … Continue reading Come hear Handel’s “Messiah”