The age-old Southern debate continues! I have always said pe-cahn. That’s the way my family pronounces it and has pronounced it for generations. So I think I am right!
When we started publishing Cooking with Paula Deen, Paula told me that her family pronounces it correctly, just like other families do in Georgia: peee-can.
Which is it for you? Actually, it really doesn’t matter to me as long as there is a delicious pecan treat following the conversation. Who doesn’t love pecans?
My grandparents had pecan trees growing on their farm and I looked forward to the annual pecan picking every year. It was fun picking up pecans that had fallen to the ground and then trying to break open the hard shell. Dad usually got the job of shelling the pecans after we picked.
When they were all shelled, he would roast the pecans in the oven for us to enjoy. He would put a little butter, garlic powder, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce on them and toss gently to mix. Then the nuts were put on a baking sheet to roast slowly until golden brown. Wow, I can still remember that treat.
Pecan treats are the best, and we have a fabulous new book I adore completely dedicated to them. Our new Tiny Book of Pecan Favorites has more than 75 recipes of delicious pecan dishes. From breads, desserts, snack mixes, and sides, this collection includes sweet and savory choices like these Spiced Pecan Cheese Coins, so there’s something for everyone!
You’ll have fun making these recipes—and hey, they might even become your new favorites. We all know pecans are great on top of sweet potatoes, tossed on cakes and salads, and in the classic pecan pie, but these creative recipes find ways to use them you might not have thought about. You’ll fall in love with our Tiny Book of Pecan Favorites, so order a copy and get some copies for your family and friends too!
Whether you pronounce it peee-can or pe-cahn, you’ll love these recipes during the holiday season.
Tiny Book of Pecan Favorites is available for purchase in our online Hoffman Media store! Get free shipping until November 5th by using the code: PECAN.