National pecan pie day
July 12th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Go nuts - July 12 is National Pecan Pie Day!

Did you know that pecans contain zinc, which boosts testosterone, which is the reason people think oysters are aphrodisiacs? We bet you're in the mood for a slice now!

Not just for Thanksgiving, pecan pie is a Southern staple for good reason. There’s nothing quite like the smell of its warm, buttery crust and gooey, nutty center coming out of the oven. Just because pecan trees are found in the South, doesn’t mean you need a passport to make this pie.

The origin of the pecan pie is a little flaky. Some say the French substituted pecans in their pies while conquering New Orleans. Others say the syrup company Karo first published the recipe. Whatever the history, its well-deserved spot on your windowsill has been there for decades.

Most pecan pie recipes call for a mix of eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla, salt and syrup or molasses poured into a pastry shell. Adding melting chocolate or bourbon are popular variations of the classic. Regardless, a scoop of fresh vanilla ice cream is always a welcome addition.

We first served this up in 2012

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  1. Cake Addicted

    I think, caramel or chocolate syrup with pecans is a combination which makes this pie truly irresistible. However, with all respect to Southern cooking traditions, why only pecans? Expanding this idea may lead to some rewarding experiments and a couple of new recipes!

    August 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  2. Nathaniel Deyoe

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    July 28, 2013 at 1:43 am |
  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I always wonder WHY holiday staples such as this pie, have national days during the summer...

    July 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
  4. Ryan Goodman

    Thank a farmer for those tasty pecans! Here's a link to a blog post about growing and harvesting pecans on the farm!

    July 12, 2012 at 10:59 am |
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