Happy Halloween!

We at River Road Recipes think that Fall is one of the best times of the year for family fun. Pumpkin carving, corn mazes, tailgates, trick-or-treating – we just can’t get enough! This year, instead of buying store bought candy for Halloween, start a new family tradition and make your own candy with River Road Recipes! Each one of our cookbooks has some great and unique options, from toffee, to pralines, to taffy and fudge, there is something for everyone. Not only will your house be the new “it” spot for Trick-or-Treating, you’ll make fun family memories, too.

You can package your candy in cute mason jars, like these delicious Sugar and Spice Pecans fro RRR IV! Photo by Jessica McVea.

You can package your candy in cute mason jars, like these delicious Sugar and Spice Pecans fro RRR IV! Photo by Jessica McVea.

Some great and easy options include Fool’s Toffee, Sugar and Spice Pecans, Chocolate Fudge Turtles, or our Old Fashioned Pecan Pralines. If you’re hosting a Halloween Party, our Caramel Apple Dip and Party Mix make great snacks that kids of all ages will enjoy.

Caramel Apple Dip makes a great, Fall-feeling appetizer for any party. Photo by Aimee Broussard.

Caramel Apple Dip makes a great, Fall-feeling appetizer for any party. Photo by Aimee Broussard.

Be sure to share your finished product with us by submitting photos here or tagging them #RiverRoadRecipes on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! Happy Halloween from all of us at River Road Recipes!

JLBR Member Spotlight: Celebrating Hollydays with Renee Skinner

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It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year – Hollydays! Hollydays is the Junior League of Baton Rouge’s largest fundraiser. Since Hollydays began 32 years ago, it has raised over $6 million dollars for the Baton Rouge community! In the past 32 years, Hollydays has raised over $6 million dollars for the Baton Rouge Community. These funds directly support our community projects: Diaper Cooperative, Kids in the Kitchen, Patient Activity Days, Breast Health Awareness, The Little Bookshelf, Building Blocks to Bright Futures, and Ready Hands.

For many, including this year’s Hollydays Chairman, Renee Skinner, Hollydays is the “kick-off” of the holiday season. With over 200 merchants to browse, Renee says that Hollydays is where “my Christmas shopping officially begins and I officially feel like I move from Summer to Fall. Last year at the Hollydays market I purchased the most beautiful tea towels from a vendor that I used to package my favorite River Road Recipe—the Sugar and Spice Pecans from the Warm Welcomes cookbook.  I make these pecans every Christmas for my neighbors, children’s teachers, doctors, etc. They are so simple to make and always a crowd pleaser. They are great to snack on by themselves, on top of cheese, or even on top of ice cream.   Last year, by wrapping them in the beautiful Christmas tea towels with a pretty ribbon, it made it an even more special gift.  I am not very artistic or crafty, but they turned out beautiful.  Nothing beats a homemade gift.  I can’t wait to see what I can find at Hollydays this year to package them in!”

River Road Recipes:W arm Welcomes Sugar and Spice Pecans, wrapped in a beautiful tea towel Renee purchased at Hollydays last year, make the perfect gift! Photo by Renee Skinner.

River Road Recipes:W arm Welcomes Sugar and Spice Pecans, wrapped in a beautiful tea towel Renee purchased at Hollydays last year, make the perfect gift! Photo by Renee Skinner.

Hollydays 2016 kicks off with Blitzen’s Bash on October 5, 2016 and continues through Saturday, October 8, at the Baton Rouge River Center. We hope you’ll join us for great shopping, entertainment, special events, food, music and more. You can purchase tickets and learn more about some of the special events at this year’s Hollydays at www.hollydays.org.

Sugar and Spice Pecans, RRR IV, p. 255

In addition to making a great gift, these pecans are a great snack for cocktail parties and the like!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 4 cups

Photo by Jessica McVea.

Photo by Jessica McVea.

Kitchen Tools:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Measuring spoons

InGredients:

Photo by Jessica McVea.

Photo by Jessica McVea.

  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (heaping) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Morton Nature’s Seasons Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

Directions:

  1. Toss the pecans with the butter in a bowl Add a mixture of the sugar, brown sugar, seasoning blend, and curry powder to the pecan mixture and mix well.
  2. Spread the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast at 275° for 45 minutes, stirring at 15-minute intervals.
Photo by Jessica McVea.

Photo by Jessica McVea.

3. Remove the pecans to a plate and let stand until cool. Stir in an airtight container.

Photo by Jessica McVea.

Photo by Jessica McVea.

Photo by Jessica McVea.

Photo by Jessica McVea.