"HOW TO MAKE PRALINES"
Hi, I am Dennis Waller, founder and creator of Texas Jack's Famous Pralines. Besides being a bestselling author on Amazon.com with my books on Eastern Thought, I also love to cook and known throughout these parts for my delicious treats including my Pralines.
A Praline is a Sweet Southern Treat made up of sugar, cream, vanilla extract, and pecans that can be compared to fudge. This treat is famous throughout the South and over the years, there have been many variations of pralines made. The praline recipes in this book are easy to follow and easier to make using everything from chocolate, coconut, macadamia nuts, almonds,ginger, Amaretto, to Spice Rum.
This is a recipe book containing 12 great different recipes for making Pralines that you can change to make them your own by replacing the flavorings and nuts to whatever suits your fancy. There are also 4 cookie recipes, 4 fudge recipes, and a recipe for making Aunt Bill's Brown Candy and if you have never had Aunt Bill's Brown Candy, well, you aint living, so here is the recipe and get busy living!
Included in this book is the recipe for the all-time favorite, Texas Jack's Calico Cookies. These will leave a smile on your face and a sure bet to please any company that might come calling, so get back to better simpler times and enjoy some Old Fashion Southern Treats!
A little history on Texas Jack, Now Texas Jack Vermillion was a real live Gunslinger who rode with the Earp's in the "Vendetta Ride" just like in the movie. He was One Bad Hombre for sure and certainly was a friend to Doc Holliday.
John Wilson Vermillion, known as Texas Jack Vermillion (also known as Shoot-your-eye-out-Jack) was born 1842, Russell Co. Virginia. He was the second of 12 children born to William Vermillion and Nancy Owens. When the Civil War erupted in 1861, Texas Jack joined the Confederate cavalry under the command of General J.E.B. Stuart. After the war Texas Jack married Margaret Horton on September 6, 1865 in Sullivan Co., Tennessee. The newlyweds moved to eastern Missouri where Jack accepted the position as Territorial Marshal for the eastern section of Missouri.
A daughter was born and named Mary and a second child followed. His name is unknown. Within a few weeks of the son's birth and while Jack was away from the home a diphtheria epidemic rambled across eastern Missouri killing Margaret and the children.
It has been written that grief stricken, Jack moved west. He surfaced in Dodge City, Kansas were he drank heavily, gambled frequently thus gaining a reputation as a " devil-may-care" gunslinger. It has also been written that when Dodge City burned for the first time that City Marshal and Deputy U.S. Marshal Virgil Earp rounded-up 23 men he could trust to prevent lot jumpers. One of those men was Jack Vermillion.
Family history tells a story that Jack turned up in Montana and became involved in a saloon fight. Jack wasn't doing so well until someone stepped in to help. That someone was Doc Holliday. The legend continues that many years later Jack received a trunk shipped to him from Holliday.
As portrayed in the movie Tombstone, it has been written that Jack killed a man who accused him of cheating at cards. Unlike the movie, the gunfight was viewed as unfair and Jack became a wanted man. It was on the wanted poster that his name first appeared as "Texas Jack" Vermillion.
Texas Jack rode with Wyatt Earp during his vendetta ride and again was with Wyatt during the Dodge City War. He was considered a crack-shot with a gun by those who knew him.
Vermillion joined up with the Soapy Smith gang in 1888 or 1889, and was involved in the Pocatello, Idaho train depot shoot-out, in which a rival gang was trying to kill Soapy. He disappeared from known gang movements, but was reportedly involved in another gunfight in 1890.
In 1911 Jack passed away quietly in his sleep. It is rumored that his last meal was a praline. Yep, that's right, a Praline