Wednesday, November 25, 2020

You say Pee-CAN and I say PEE-con

It’s all a little nuts!

My pronunciation of the word is not as popular as the former with the emphasis on the CAN. At least there is no real dispute that both can be used. You might get a long side-eye from a gentle Southern gentlewoman if they overhear you, but both pronunciations live in harmony, even here in the South.

The pecan is a cousin of the hickory tree, which I did not know until just recently. My yard has a few hickory trees in it. I might get to picking this year. The word pecan is an Algonquin word that is used to describe the traditional pecan nuts, walnuts and hickory nuts.

But, the pecan is not a nut.

It’s a fruit with a tough skin surrounding a seed that is also encased in a tough shell.

Georgia, Texas, New Mexico and Mexico produce almost half of the world’s total pecans.

I am a big  fan of pecans, and when this Divinity recipe from Charlotte was sent in, I immediately wanted to cover it in crushed pecans and imitate a Stuckey’s pecan log!

By Scott Bauer - This image was released by the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, with the ID K7235-2 (next)., Public Domain,

I am going to share a favorite at our house for the holidays and whenever we get a craving for it.

It is not my recipe, and like all recipes, I think they are guidelines rather than hard fast rules, I doctor this up to suit our tastes. Like I add more pecans than called for!

Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup pecans
  1. Combine the first six ingredients. Blend them thoroughly and pour into a buttered 1 1/2 to 2 quart casserole dish.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients and sprinkle them over the top.
  3. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until it has browned and is hot.
  4. Serves 6 to 8

I find that if I split the casserole up and use small dishes, I can freeze some of the dishes and have it for later. That’s nice for those nights when I roast a chicken and want something different than mashed potatoes or carrots.

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