Thanksgiving and pecan pie among other things

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    I just realized I shouldn't post so much life stuff in the chat cause it has no relevance to negative
    comments about UF staff or when the plane landed or how contract negotiations are going.
    My family had a reunion for THanksgiving every year up until I was in college and my grandmother's health was good. I remember the FIRST time we didnt have one. My dad was taking care of my grandmother in her large old house. SO I went to Winn Dixie and cooked the whole damned meal myself. I could not imagine not being with them and having no Tgiving dinner. YEars later I had it at my house with my family and neighbors sometimes.
    The thing that always tied them together was pecan pie. It was and is like crack to me. I love it and will eat it until I have abdominal distress. Well my first wife was very good at it and for 25 years or more made sure I got my fix. Cue the new life, new wife (LOTS of strife) and my pecan pie fix. Well my SIL took over. She is a saint being married to my brother for so long. Well new wife has falling out with them so we dont go to them anymore (I WILL THIS YEAR). So the first year without it I was visiting a close friend outside of Tallacrappy (thanksgiving wkdend) and called my first love who lives up there. TURNS OUT SHE lives almost across the street from this BF. Well me and the first love have always kept in touch so this isnt any kind of lurid rendezvous.......she said come on over. LO and fckn behold she had two pecan pies on the counter. Her's was good too. SO flash to now. My pecan tree finally had good nuts this year.,along with the elderly neighbors I have been feeding supper to all week. I am shelling them and gonna make my VERY FIRST pecan pies this year...........Im gonna FB message my ex about her secrets to good pie. Ive looked up 5 recipes and they are basically alike. I will let you know how they turn out. I know this was long but Im long winded ................
     
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      OK, reading between the lines here.

      I alway called it "shaky puddin", never heard it called pecan pie.
      Tallahassee is a long way to go for a "slice"
      Glad the medication is working

      I used to have a pecan tree and it produced better in alternate years. Turns out there are annual cultivars and alternate cultivars. This is common in hardwoods. Those dried (not green) husks and shells and dead limbs are wonderful for smoking foods with. Be sure the tree is getting proper nutrition.

      The traditional pecan pie recipe is printed on the Karo syrup label.
       
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        Pecan pie for Thanksgiving..........
        Twas the day before Thanksgiving.......I have a thousand memories of this day. Family reunions through out my childhood and into college. Grandma got older and others passed away and it was over. I remember cooking the entire thing at grandma's house the first time we didn't go to it. Jump ahead 40 years and I'm in Publix this morning. I see the celery and cans of black olives BOGO. My dad loved cream cheese on celery and black olives so we had a tray every year. We don't need it this year. But I bought the celery and some veggie cream cheese to remember and see if Micky or Joyce or Bryan or Julie like it. I also bought some guava jam to see if anyone can capture the flavor of dad's great guava jelly. I hope everyone pauses to remember those we all loved and needed for so long. And those we have now. Nothing is permanent. Happy Thanksgiving.
         
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          @stephenPE and @crosscreekcooter ...getting ready to do the pies for tomorrow. In addition to the pecan, I'll also do pumpkin and sweet potato. Use my great aunt's recipe for the pecan and it's very similar to the one Coot referenced on the Karo syrup label. Pumpkin recipe we like has condensed milk in it (what's not to like?). Sweet potato is from an old black lady that my grandaddy used to get to help my grandma clean up around the holidays. Her name was Mary and everybody knew her as the "Tater Pie Lady," for good reason. She'd use some cane syrup in the filling in place of some of the sugar and put some finely chopped pecans on top. It was hard to beat and remains one of my favorites to make and eat.

          We live on the family farm up here in Gadsden county and my father-in-law has over a hundred pecan trees with several varieties. This year has shown a good crop, despite the hurricane blowing some nuts down. They do, as Coot mentioned, run about every other year with a strong crop. He sprays, fertilizes, and waters on a schedule. We use the nuts for a lot of cooking.
           
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            I am jealous, Cover. Sounds like a great place to be. Im gonna make the sweet potato dish casserole with brown sugar and pecans on top. Those marshmallows are for lazy/cheap people.
             
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              It is a good place to be. Quiet and about 10 miles from town...
              I hope all you guys have a great day of good food, family and fellowship tomorrow. My mother-in-law passed away last Friday and we buried her Monday. She was the one that held the holidays together and was a great cook. Family was #1 for her, so even though it will be kinda sad, we're keeping it going. I'm doing the turkey and gravy, a pot of collards, and a squash casserole, along with punkin' and tater pies. Wife does the pecan pies and a plate with pickles, cranberry sauce, and similar to you guys, celery with homemade pimento cheese. Daughter always does the green bean casserole and the guests will bring a dish. I'm fasting today!

              Really hope tomorrow can be a day of thanks for all. Some say it will really be on Monday ;), we'll see. You guys have a wonderful time and from now on, I won't be able to eat pecan pie without thinking about "her's was good, too!" :)
               
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                I KNEW there was something I was forgetting to do today.
                 
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                  Sorry to hear of your Mother in Laws passing, especially right here at the Thanksgiving holiday. My condolences to your wife. The pecan grove at your farm sounds awesome. My buddy Moochie and I were having lunch not long ago at a small seafood restaurant and this familiar looking old man probably Coach's age :goon: walks in. Mooch recognized him immediately as Mr. Holland who used to cut our hair at Holland's Barbershop here in Arlington when were were kids. Turns out he now has a pecan farm in Camden County. We're gonna try and go up there one day to check it out. I dry brined the turkey last night will roast it in the late morning, and momma will make all the other fixins. My sister and her husband are bringing a ham. As usual we will have way too much food. I had hoped to make a cheesecake for another friend but I am running out of time. Maybe next week. I am really thankful for all I have had.
                   
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                    When I first started Law School, I lived with a couple of girls. One roommate's mom was part Cherokee and owned some land and pecan groves in Alabama because of her blood. The mom made us homemade pecan pie one time and that pie was the one that got me hooked on pecan pie for life. Gotta have whipped cream with it.

                    I know the traditional recipe uses Karo which is just corn syrup with almost no flavor.

                    Lots of folks raving about making it with Lyle's Golden Syrup. This is a British export. It is a cane sugar syrup (not corn based) and it's just barely carmelized (hence "golden") with a touch of salt (so if you use it, don't add as much salt as you would if you used Karo). Also, toast the nuts and use dark brown sugar.

                    Golden syrup easy to find in the Brit section of grocery stores in the Central Florida (lots of Brits around here I guess). Probably tougher to find in other areas.

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                      Pie is bad, mmmkay? Unless it's a fur pie, then it's good. Cake is good. I like cake.
                       
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                      I lived with two girls when I first moved back from California. I eventually had to move. Never seen Lyle's Golden Syrup, I'll have to look for it. Elitist. I usually use Dark Karo which has mole asses added for color and flavor. Happy Thankgiving
                       
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                        @crosscreekcooter ...Appreciate your good words.

                        Finished my pies. One punkin' with evaporated milk (family go-to recipe) and one with condensed milk. Both pretty good recipes. Evaporated milk pie is just a little lighter. Tater done with the cane syrup, though it is from rural Decatur county (GA) and not imported from the old country (I see you @AlexDaGator )! Haven't thought about using cane syrup in the pecan pies, but it's pretty easy to get a lighter making, depending on who you know. Might have to give one a shot. And before I sign off, just want to say maple syrup is for millenials! Cane is where it's at.

                        Happy Thanksgiving, all!
                         

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