By: Chef John Chapiewski
I would like to congratulate the class of 2011. As a high school teacher, I see the challenges these students face on a daily basis. This is not an easy time to grow up, and it is certainly not an easy time to leave the nest, so to speak, and face the world.
That is why I want to encourage these fine young men and women as they truly begin their lives and hopefully grow into productive members of society. I also want to take the time to congratulate the parents of these students. You have done a fine job.
Now, I am sure that some of you are planning graduation parties for friends and family members of your graduating children. I thought I would share several recipes with you that would make great snacks for the festivities.
First, a basic sweet and sour sauce that complements meatballs and chicken.
Take one cup of ketchup, one cup of sugar, and one cup of white vinegar and bring to a simmer. Add a half cup of grape jelly and mix, making sure everything is evenly dispersed. This also makes a nice glaze for pork loin.
Secondly, take four cups of whole pecans and place in a bowl. In a separate bowl, add a half cup of melted butter, one teaspoon of cayenne and two tablespoons of sugar along with a half teaspoon of salt. Pour over pecans and toss to coat evenly. Roast in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes. This makes a great snack.
Hopefully these will work out for you. Again, congrats to the Class of 2011.