Well, it is here! Mardi Gras 2010 on Tuesday, February 16th. Cities all over the world will be celebrating with beads . . .
parades . . .
masks . . .
and merriment preceded by Lent which is a time of sacrifice, lasting 40 days . . .
ending with Easter.
Wishing all of you a Marvelous Mardi Gras followed by a blessed Lenten season.
Today’s Lagniappe: Plantation Pralines
Make this one fast if you are giving up sweets for Lent.
* 3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup milk
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2-1/4 cups pecan halves
Combine sugar, cream of tarter, salt and milk. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Wipe crystals occasionally from side of pan with wet cheesecloth. Cook to 236 – 238º or soft ball stage. Cool to 220ºF. Add butter or margarine, vanilla flavoring and pecans. Beat until creamy. Drop from large spoon onto buttered surface or was paper. Yield: 1-1-1/2 – 2 dozen pralines.