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TTT-Tuesdays Tasty Tip with Chef David Hall

Giving from Your Hands and Heart (continued)

The Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah season is a time for remembering and giving thanks to those who have blessed you. While we should in good conscience be thankful, giving and kind all year long, this “season” gives us an excuse to do what we should be doing all year long. Well, that’s easier said than done in this tight economy. Instead of running up the credit cards to buy things we can’t really afford and taking till next Christmas to pay them off, this year take time out to give something from your hands and heart. Doing so will lessen your financial stress.

Try my dad’s almond brittle he makes every year. Warning: This almond brittle has a nasty habit of disappearing before it has a chance to make it to the recipient of the gift. Plan on making several batches. The ingredients are few and it only takes about 15 minutes per batch to make.

This flavor-packed gluten-free candy is just what the dentist ordered. There is enough sugar to dissolve your teeth, but some things are just “worth it.” This almond brittle is gentler on your teeth than peanut butter and it has a much better texture. It is great crumbled over vanilla ice cream, or any ice cream for that matter.

Dad’s (GF) Awesome Almond Brittle


1 tablespoon plus ½ cup butter

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 cup sliced almonds


1. Butter a 12”square sheet of foil with ½ tablespoon of butter and set aside.

2. Spread the side of a heavy saucepan with ½ tablespoon of butter. This is not necessary if using a non-stick pan.

3. Add ½ cup butter, sugar and corn syrup to the pan. Bring it to a boil over a medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until the mixture turns a golden brown.

4. Fold in the almonds and quickly pour onto the aluminum foil and spread the mixture out evenly using a buttered spatula. Cool until firm.

5. Remove from the foil and break the candy into pieces. If you want to add another layer of flavor, coat one side with a quality chocolate.

If you do not have time to cook, or do not want to cook, give me a call and we will schedule a free consultation to assess your needs whether they be gluten-free, low-fat, or any other restrictions. If you want to plan a party and want to enjoy the event without the normal challenges of keeping things going, let me handle the cooking and logistics so you can enjoy your guests. If you are planning a special occasion, you want gluten-free cooking lessons and meal planning, or you want a no-hassle outdoor grilling party, give me a call. I offer a variety cooking lessons ranging from basic fundamentals for adults and children to classic French, Mexican and Spanish cuisine to specialty diets. See for more information about our newly-added series for 2012: Kids’ Culinary Boot Camp, Adult Basic Culinary Boot Camp, Outdoor Cooking Series, Thai One On, and a new Romantic Interactive Dinner event for couples.

Class dates:

Romantic Interactive Dinner (couples): 2/11

Kids’ Camp (series): 1/8, 1/15, 1/29, 2/12

Adults’ Camp (series): 2/25, 3/24, 4/28, 5/19, 6/23

Outdoor Cooking (series): 1/22, 2/5

Thai One On: 3/3

Check back next week for my gluten-free jalapeno brownies with sour cream icing topped with chocolate covered bacon. You’ll be glad you did.

Until next time, make it a wonderful week for others. You will enjoy the experience.


Chef David Hall, CGC

Thyme for a Chef, LLC

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