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Topic: Christmas Cooking/Baking (not recipes) (10/16/08)
By judy furniss
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Years later, when I had a family of my own, I fully intentioned to continue the tradition, however, I didn’t realize how much work was involved in making all those treats. One by one, I eliminated the candy making traditions from my home, with the exception of one recipe. Why I decided to carry on the most challenging task throughout the last thirty years is still the question I ask myself every time I get the saucepan and the Karo Syrup out of the cabinet.
It always starts out the same way. I wake up early on a December Saturday morning and look out the window, checking the humidity factor. Then, I head to the kitchen in anticipation. Is it going to be a success for a flop? The game begins between me, and the candy. Ever so meticulously, I measure each ingredient with precision. I pour the sugar and Karo Syrup into the pan, stirring until the sugar is totally dissolved. After that, I attach the candy thermometer, nervously watching the mercury rise, ever so slowly. Finally, it reaches the ‘soft ball stage.’ Wiping the sweat from my forehead, I quickly get to work to mix the hot mixture with the egg whites and vanilla. Then, I anxiously turn on the mixer. Is my creation going to stay glossy and creamy, or is it going to thicken and become dull? Am I going to burn out the motor in my mixer again this year?
Time comes to a standstill. I begin to feel the familiar feeling of defeat come over me. Then, when I’m just about ready to give up, the mixture starts to take shape. Exhilaration overtakes me. I let out a, “yahoo! We’re going to have divinity this year!”
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