Pecans Go Beyond the Pie
Growing up in the country, I had the pleasure of walking out my back door to pecan trees laden with nuts waiting to be cracked. From an early age, Dad taught me how to crack them by hand, and whenever we were outside during the Fall, we were sure to be cracking and snacking. I distinctly remember sitting on our screened-in porch shelling pecans for hours on end with my sitter, Mama Ellen. and how the bowl of shelled ones never seemed to get full, as we ate most of the rewards. To this day, I always sneak a peek in mom’s freezer to see if she has a bag of them put away. Whether you’re a “PEE-CAN” or a “PAH-CON” person—and you know which you are—the crisp texture and rich, buttery flavor of pecans is the perfect addition to everything from salads to pie.