I get the feeling that you guys are just like me. I may actually need the meal recipes more, but all of the wonderful treat recipes I stumble upon are just so hard to resist. And hey, it is Christmas time after all. After a day fighting the crowds at the mall, searching for the hard to find gift for your in-laws/cousin Ed/ Aunt Myrtle, licking all those nasty Christmas card envelopes, and wrapping a kazillion presents, don't we all deserve a little reward? I know chocolate always makes me feel better.
However, like some of you, after sampling all those wonderful treats, a healthy/ hot/ not sweet at all, meal is what I crave. So I will balance out the sweet recipes with a few main dishes thrown in for good measure.
Several of you requested the caramel recipe, so I am posting it first. This was my first time making caramels, and it was really quite easy. My dang candy thermometer malfunctioned, so I had to use the old fashioned method of dipping a small amount of caramel into a glass of cold water. They still turned out though, so if you are a beginner like me, you should have no problems. Especially if you have a functional candy thermometer.
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans, (toasted if desired)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
2 tsp vanilla