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I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pulling Together As A Family

I’m sure most of us would agree that when it comes to families getting along it is usually easier said than done. It’s far easier to love but sometimes much more difficult to like those that are the closest to us. The other night while sitting out on the deck sharing a couple beers with my friend Chrissy we each shared some of our family get together stories. Chrissy remembered a special time when everyone in her family all got along beautifully. The time was when her grandmother got everybody together to make pulled taffy. For whatever the reason all the ugly baggage that had a tendency to show up didn’t at this particular time……….
Maybe it was the use of all that sugar, it just gave everybody a much sweeter disposition.
For whatever the reason, those are the memories that help carry us through the less than perfect times.

Old Fashioned Pulled Taffy

3 cups of sugar
1 cup of white corn syrup
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of butter
1/3 cup of vinegar
1 tbsp. vanilla or flavor of your choosing
A drop of food coloring, optional

Mix sugar, syrup and water in a 4 quart sauce pan and place over medium heat. DO NOT STIR. Cook until mixture reaches soft ball stage (234 to 240 degrees). Add butter, vinegar and vanilla. Cook again until mixture reaches hard ball stage (250 to 268 degrees). Again, DO NOT STIR. Pour out onto a greased platter let cool enough to touch and begin to pull. Keep hands lubricated with butter and pull the taffy with a partner. The more taffy is pulled the better when you see it looking the way you would like cut into pieces and wrap in saran or waxed paper.

9 comments:

Judy said...

Oh how fun!! That sound like so much fun to do with kids and a wonderful way to bring family members together to laugh together.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

Ive never made taffy before. I'm happy to see you have this here.

Julie said...

Enjoy, Nikki

Julie said...

It is a great way to get the family together Judy.

Julie said...

It is a great way to get the family together Judy.

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Awesome story. I found your website looking for Chicken Ala King recipes. Love it. Enjoyed the waffle maker and onion story..Nice memories. Chris

Julie said...

Thank you so much for the kind words,Chris. I hope that you will stop by often.

farmingfriends said...

Hi Julie, I enjoy reading your recipes as I learn about different ingredients and food I have not heard of in the UK. It's great to find out about different food and try different recipes. I will be dropping back in soon.
Sara @ farmingfriends

Julie said...

Thank you, Sara