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Mary Land and Pepper Pecans — 25 Comments

  1. Sounds good! But don’t put me in the running for pecans. We have picked up about 70 or 80 lbs and one tree isn’t falling yet, a second one is about half done and one is finished. I spent 2 1/2 hrs today picking up 2 gallons and then cleaning and cracking 1 1/2 gallons! I pick them out at night while I watch TV. So far, I’ve put four, 2 lb bags in the freezer plus used 2 lbs at Thanksgiving. And each of the kids got a bag.
    I’m looking forward to those recipes. I do have a ’50s, Louisiana cookbook. I’ll have to dig it out and see who the authors were.

  2. Tweaking is always a good thing. That recipe needs only the addition of Chex and pretzel sticks to transform it to the classic party mix.

    Another variation might be to add a little brown sugar after they are baked, but still warm.

  3. We always made what were called Swedish nuts. Those involved butter and egg whites, and sweet spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, but they were baked, too, and usually lasted about two hours once people realized another batch had been made!

    ‘Tis the season, for sure. I’m going to try to cut back on the baking a bit this year, but these would make a great, easy food gift. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  4. This type of cooking can’t be found anywhere but our Louisiana. Living in northern La. Is not the same as southern. I miss my childhood and all the great people and food to be had. Memories are all I have now and I try to instill them in my grandchildren.Thanks for always making my day

    • Hi Connie and welcome. You are so right to instill those memories and nuances of the past to your grandchildren. So, so valuable to the culture and way of life, not to mention a continuation in the family! Good for you! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a great comment!

  5. I enjoy your blog. Although I now live in Tennessee, my roots are in Louisiana. A big pot of chicken, sausage and okra gumbo is simmering on my stove right now. Love Louisiana cooking!

    • May I have some, please? 🙂 Welcome, Debra, and thanks so much for dropping by. There’s just nothing like Louisiana cooking, is there? Merry Christmas!

    • We think alike! I purchased the ingredients for a pot of chicken, sausage and okra gumbo Saturday. Then discovered today that I am out of file’!! No matter what type of gumbo I make, I want file’ on it.

      I have been shelling pecans since a week or so before Thanksgiving and just putting them in qt. and gal. bags before putting in refrigerator freezer. I had so many in it they were falling out when I opened the door so today, I measured them all out and put them 4 cups at a time in vacumn sealed bags. They are now in the outside freezer. 9 bags of them!! And my toes are thanking me. I still have 4 gallons to crack and shell and a lot more on the ground.

      • I put them up in 2 Cup batches and came out with 17 bags, but there are plenty of more pecans on the ground . We’ve had rain for two days now, so they will need to dry out either before or after I’ve picked them up. I’m waiting for the rain to stop before I attempt a new praline recipe by Mary Land. We all know pralines won’t set up in warm, humid conditions. It’s cold enough right now but still too damp. I no longer have a deep freezer, so vacuum sealing is necessary to save space! I love my vacuum sealer!

  6. Great story. Talk about serendipity. Have you reached out to Karen Leathem in any way to let her know about this? I admire your goal to become president of LOWA. Something tells me you will do just that and also set up a Mary Land prize of some sort. All the best to you this holiday season, Wendy.

    • Yes, some major serendipity. No, I didn’t reach out to her. I wonder if I should? Well, you know me pretty well, but I can’t reveal all my secrets here for the whole wide world to read!!! But when things happen, y’all will be sure to be informed! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. It’s time for the random drawing for the pecans. And the winner is: Comment No. 4, and that would be Margie S. Congratulations, Margie! I will email you to let you know you’ve won! Next pecan recipe coming shortly! Merry Christmas! BW

    • Everyone is getting kind of late to this post . . . not sure why, though. I just did the drawing and already gave the pecans away. So sorry everyone didn’t get to comment in time for the drawing. thanks for the kind words. Hope all is well in Shreveport, and have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Hi Marilyn,
      The pecan prize has already been awarded. And I have some in my freezer for future use!
      Thanks for stopping by and come by any time.

  8. I would be more than happy to receive a bag of Pecans and I am so glad I was searching the web and found your page. Thanks for sharing your recipes as I Love cooking and trying new recipes.

    • Welcome, D’Andrea, and I’m so glad you found this website, too. I hope you enjoy these bayou recipes and that you will visit often and become a regular here! BW

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