Mother's theory about my knack for picking the most complicated things to try in the kitchen was further proven today when I decided to take a stab at making caramel. After looking on the web at recipes on Epicurious and Cook's Country, I decided to take advantage of the cookbooks hiding in the kitchen. The Joy of Cooking, according to mom, is among the more reliable cookbooks currently in publication. I won't post the recipe here since it's not difficult to find a copy of JoC, but I will say that I made one addition: Vietnamese cinnamon to dust the top, and just a tiny pinch added while the caramel was cooking. It hasn't completely cooled yet, but I'm really hoping it won't end up being of the "hard and brittle, and will likely require a trip to the oral surgeon if eaten" variety.
Happy almost Valentine's Day, lion.. you know who you are. ;)