• 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda

My family loves visiting New Orleans anytime of the year and often take day or weekend trips. As soon as we get in the car, excitement increases as we start talking about what food we are craving or restaurants we want to visit.   There is no better place in the world to eat and party than New Orleans.  Our favorites are always the shrimp po-boys, crawfish  and gumbo. We ALWAYS have to visit Cafe DuMonde for our beignets and coffee — and while in the French Quarter purchase a few Pralines for the day. Thank goodness we walk all day long visiting our favorite sites and shops or we would all gain 5 pounds with each visit….

If you can’t visit this beautiful city than maybe you can try this simple recipe for a taste of their cuisine.



  1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a 6-cup dish.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 10 1/2 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in baking soda and vanilla until foamy.
  4. Cook on HIGH 1 minute.  (This last step give the pralines a caramel color.)
  5. Beat mixture by hand until tacky (1-3 minutes)
  6. Drop by teaspoonful on parchment or foil.
  7. Let cool before lifting off foil.

Source:  Gayle Cawthon

Note:  I often use a mixture of nuts when preparing this recipe.