This is the fourth in a series of articles on The Knoxville Cooking Examiner entitled, “Coffee with Friends.” We are featuring a visit and a recipe with some interesting people, and tonight I want you to meet my cousin Kaye Arnold from Kentucky.
Bluegrass State Resident Has Bristol Roots
Kaye has roots in Bristol through her father’s family where she spent many summers and holidays, but she ultimately settled in the state of Kentucky which her mother’s family called home. Kaye is incredibly interesting on so many levels, not the least of which are her keen intellect and long list of degrees.
Like most members of MENSA, the society for those with high IQ’s, Kaye has an insatiable curiosity for learning new things, but today I have asked her to chat with us about her passion for sailing. She will also tell us how she makes her Toffee Bars that she is renown for preparing.
Of course, most of us associate Kentucky with horse racing. It is always fun to see Kaye’s photographs from the famous racetracks she attends, but it’s the sailboat races that really get her adrenalin flowing. My cousin is the only person that I know of besides the The Kennedy family that has a sailboat, and they have a home on the coast, not in Kentucky! How would someone land on such a hobby in the Bluegrass State?
The first time I was ever on a sailboat was on a pretty Sunday afternoon in August, 1991, when I was 44. The wind was light, so it was pleasant, but not especially exciting. In April, 1992, I participated in my first sailboat race and I was totally hooked!
When I bought my small, tippy Laser sailboat in 1995, I thought I knew how to sail, but “Au Contraire” immediately started showing me how little I knew. When I made a mistake, she would dump me in the water and I’d have to figure out how to get her upright again.
The first summer I had two goals – to make it completely around the race course and to not capsize! I achieved both and I’ve won a bunch of trophies, mainly by sailing in every race, so I had more points than the people who didn’t show up as often, but, hey, a trophy’s a trophy!
Sailing is still my passion, so I plan to continue racing up into my seventies, as several of the members of my sailing club have.
Kaye’s Toffee Bars
- Butter: 1 stick
- Margarine: 1 stick
- White sugar: 1/2 cup
- Graham Crackers: 40-50
- Finely chopped pecans: 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup
- Coating Chocolate: 6 cubes (16 ounces) Sathers, Kroger, Candiquik, or Eagle Brand.
- Put crackers on cookie sheet as close together as possible.
- Melt and boil first three ingredients (butter, margarine, and sugar) exactly 3 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid scorching.
- Pour over crackers, spreading evenly.
- Sprinkle nuts on top.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 12 minutes.
- Immediately remove crackers from oven and place on another cookie sheet or waxed paper.
- Microwave 6 cubes of the chocolate for 1 minute on high and stir. Microwave 1 more minute on high (no more than 2 minutes total.)
- With teaspoon, drop melted chocolate on each cracker and smooth out.
- Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
Thanks to Kaye for sharing with us today. This recipe sounds wonderful, and what a great Christmas gift a tin of this would make!
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