Friday, June 15, 2012

In Recognition of Rick Grimes: Georgia Pecan Pralines

As the leader of the Atlanta Survivor Group, Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes has his hands full. Dealing with the Walkers, while coping with the emotions and internal strife of the Group quickly takes its toll.
His wife's infidelity with his best friend and partner, Shane Walsh does little to lighten the load. The fact that he spent the early days of the outbreak in a coma makes his hopeful outlook and faith in humankind all the more unusual.
Rick's patience and long-suffering attitude earns him the respect of the entire Group. We wonder what Rick's early life was like and how it prepared him for being a leader after the governments of the world fell.
As a Southerner, Rick likely had always been taught the importance of fine manners. His career as a Sheriff's Deputy reinforced those ideas and he no doubt learned the art of negotiation and compromise in being a peacekeeper. His willingness to put himself at risk for the good of the Group is both his greatest strength and his biggest liability.
Rick quickly becomes the personification of the motto of the great state of Georgia: Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.
It is in that spirit that we present Pecan Pralines in honor of Grimes.
Georgia is the largest grower of pecans in the nation with over 144,000 acres planted with trees. This enduring tree (Or Carya illinoinensis) can survive and bear edible nuts for over 300 years.  
This recipe contains only five ingredients and showcases this famous nut from the Empire State of the South.

Pecan Pralines

4.6 ounce (large size) cook and serve vanilla pudding (not instant)
1.5 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk (from a five ounce can)
1 tbsp. butter flavored shortening
2 cups pecans

Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients (except pecans) in a large Dutch oven and cook and stir over medium heat or medium coals. Allow mixture to come to a boil, stirring OFTEN. Allow to boil for 6-7 minutes.

Remove from heat and add nuts. Beat until candy becomes thick but is still glossy. Drop quickly with tablespoon into patties. Allow to cool. Serve.

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