Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I'd Forgotten

When people talk about the smells of the holiday, you will frequently hear about nutmeg and clove. Ginger. Sugar cookies. Pumpkin and cinnamon. Maybe pine and cedar. If you had asked me this morning, I would've said my grandmother's dressing recipe, butter coffee cake, pecan pie, and roasting beastie. I would have been right, mind you, but I wouldn't have been complete.

Recently, I was emailing an old college roommate and asked for her recipe for chocolate covered peanut butter balls. In her email, along with the recipe for peanut butter balls, was my dad's recipe for peanut brittle. Wow.

My dad was known throughout town for his peanut brittle. He made batches and batches of the stuff and gave it away like, well, like candy. The mechanics at the garage. The folks at the bank. The dry cleaner. The postman. His hairdresser. Folks at the college. The post office. The Mail Boxes. Anywhere he was a regular or had casual business relationships ended up with peanut brittle.

He would take over the kitchen for an entire day, keeping three of four batches going at a time until he had enough. Plastic bags and red yarn was as fancy as the wrapping got. I don't even think he put a card saying who it was from after a while. If it was peanut brittle, it was from him. And everybody knew it.

Last night, I made Lithus peanut brittle. My kitchen smelled childhood holidays. And damn, it was good stuff. As good as I remembered, even if I'd forgotten.

So tell me, what does your holiday kitchen smell like?

Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.

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Ian Lidster said...

I love good peanut brittle and I'd love to try your dad's. I made it once, and found it an arduous process. I also have one can of Hawaiian macadamia nut brittle left and I love that. I don't even like macadamia nuts all that much, but 'Ed and Don's brittle is fabulous. I haven't made it yet, but I do want to make a traditional Quebecois tourtiere and that will send off wonderful fragrance.

BostonPobble said...

Ian ~ Oooo...I don't even know what Quebecois tourtiere is, but it sounds intriguing. You'll be pleased to know this peanut brittle is very easy ~ and oh so yummy.

Sean said...

Was it the same recipe? A family tradition passed down? Or your own?

BostonPobble said...

Sean ~ It was the same recipe. She and my dad were great buds, and he had given her the recipe one year. That's what makes it so very special to have back.