Happy Thanksgivakkah! Celebrate with a recipe and my newest release!


Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Hanukkah!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the wonderful holiday recipes my lovely writer friends have been sharing this month: potato latkes, rugelahs and truffle cookies. I have one more for you: Terribly Terrific Toffee (or as Judy Banger calls it: Southern Crack). 😉 This one is super easy, delicious and it’s mentioned in my brand new holiday novella:

Is It Christmas Yet?


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Judy Banger has a secret. She’s no fan of Christmas. She’s suffered through fifty-four of them and, too late, she discovers she’s married to Wiley “Santa Claus” Canby. In four short months of marriage, Judy and Wiley have crossed off more items on their bucket list than most people do in four years. But, now it’s December, and Wiley wants to throw a big, blow-out holiday party to show off his new wife. Unfortunately, Judy’s never hosted a gala party in her life–especially not one that includes a cross-section of friends and family that would make Modern Family look like the Waltons.

What could possibly go wrong?

I’m thankful for such great friends and readers. Please enjoy this simple, easy-to-make, little gift from Judy and me:

Terribly Terrific Toffee!
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Debra Salonen (Borrowed from Jean Brashear)
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Serves: 5-6
Last year my friend Jean Brashear sent me a recipe she calls “Southern Crack.” Naturally, my heroine Judy Banger glommed onto the recipe and even mentions it in my new holiday novella: Is It Christmas Yet? Super simple, fast and fabulous! Enjoy!
  • 1 C unsalted butter (no margarine allowed)
  • 1 C brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 40-or so saltine crackers
  1. Preheat oven to 350-F.
  2. Line a 12X17 cookie sheet with aluminum foil AND spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Lay a layer of crackers on the foil.
  4. Melt sugar and butter until it begins to boil. Reduce heat and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Pour mixture over crackers. Spread to coat evenly.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes (toffee will be bubbly).
  7. Remove from oven and let sit 3-5 minutes, then sprinkle with chocolate chips. As they soften and melt, spread to coat.
  8. Let cool. Then break into pieces.
  9. Optional: top with cracker crumbs or finely chopped nuts, but we prefer ours plain.

May your day of giving thanks and enjoying family be the sweetest ever!