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Pecans, Five Ways


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Add them to quinoa (otherwise boring on its own). To 2 cups cooked quinoa, add 1/3 cup toasted and chopped pecans, 1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries and the zest of a lime. Add sea salt to taste. Fluff.

Stir up a quick snack for a Champagne party. Put 2 teaspoons sugar, ¼ teaspoon cayenne, ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan over high heat. When the sugar melts, add 4 ounces of pecans (halved), stir with a wooden spoon to coat, and turn out on parchment paper to cool.

Make a cilantro-pecan pesto. Put 2 ounces of pecans along with 1 small garlic clove, 1 bunch of cilantro, 2 tablespoons olive oil, juice of half a lemon and sea salt and pepper to taste in a food processor. Pulse.

Use pecan flour in any recipe that calls for almond flour. Simply grind up your own pecans in a blender or food processor and swap out.

Make pralines. Combine 1¾ cups sugar, ¾ cup brown sugar and ¾ cup milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Let it boil and reach the soft-ball stage. Remove from heat and add 1¼ cups pecans. Spoon patties onto wax paper and let cool.

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