Tag Archives: Pecans

Alabama’s “Pecans Project” Is Worthy Of Your Support

5 Feb

This unique non-profit program is based in little Greensboro, AL.

Here is a brief history:

Pecans!: born in 2009 from a HEROyouth* marketing assignment, is revered not only for its quality of taste, but for its business model. Pecans! is not only a sustainable small business, but co-serves as a job training opportunity for at-risk HEROyouth to gain valuable food service skills. Utilizing home grown ingredients to forge its pecan butter, sugared pecans and pecan brittle, it is a must taste in the South. To make it even sweeter, all Pecans! profits go to the HEROyouth Scholarship Fund that rewards three (3) scholarships annually to HEROyouth students who are pursuing a post-secondary degree.

*HEROyouth serves 18 at-risk, out-of-school youth annually through  GED courses, job training and career readiness

Great cause, no doubt about it. But are the products any good? We posed this question to the project’s management and they responded by sending us a sampling of their goodies. Pecan Butter, Pecan Brittle, Sugared Pecans. What’s not to like? I had never tried Pecan Butter before … and boy, was  I in for a treat! It’s not exactly creamy like peanut butter. It is drier and more crystalized. The ingredients are simple and natural: Alabama Pecans, honey, cinnamon, and a touch of salt. It comes in an attractive glass jar made by the famed German company Rundrand Glas Weck. It is a keeper, for certain. The pecan butter inside these beauties is very tasty. We enjoyed it immensely. It’s not exactly spreadable, so a quick spin in the microwave helps.  ***The only oils in this product are the natural oils from the pecans.

The project’s pecan brittle is also totally natural: Pecans, sugar, light corn syrup, salt, water, butter and baking soda. And it is just what you would expect it to be — crunchy, crackly and good. My wife loved it and greatly assisted me in quickly emptying the brown paper bag. The sugared pecans, in my opinion, were even better. I’ve had lots of candied pecans before, yet there was something unique about this taste. A gander at the bags ingredients gave me the answer: NUTMEG! What a stroke of genius. Never thought about doing this before. It may seem like a subtle little thing, but the results are life changing. Make sure you order more than one bag. If you don’t, you are truly a NUT! 

http://pecansproject.com

Images from Allegri Farm Market, Daphne, AL

3 Apr

The Allegri Farm Market is just a short country drive from our home in Fairhope, AL. As you can clearly see, my wife Eileen was anxious to get started with the shopping. Left me in the dust!

Rarely seen Mississippi White Sweet Potatoes.

A closer gander at the rather stout Mississippi Whites.

Baldwin County (AL) Red Sweet Potatoes – good price too! 

This sweet potato looks just like a bird at rest — amazing, huh?

Troyer’s Hand-Rolled Amish Butter – you can really tell a difference!

These Creamer Potatoes were just trucked up from Florida.

Fingerlings for those fancy Easter Sunday roasts.

We had to get a whole mess of bright green string beans.

Baldwin County is the #1 producer of AL Pecans.

Spend the $16 and make your life a lot easier.

These Sweet Baby Vidalias looked really good!

How Do You Say “Pecans?”

30 Jan

These guys couldn’t decide and said it both ways — in the SAME COMMERCIAL!!!

Real Southerners say “Pee-Kahns” — how ’bout you???

We’re Nuts for Mamie’s Cheese Wafers

20 Sep

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Baked some of these babies up earlier today. Really, really good.

It’s the nutty little pecan chunks that make these wafers special.

The product comes in a frozen tube – much like cookie dough. Cut off just what you need (slice ’em about 1/8″ thick) and save the rest for later. Can’t beat that right out of the oven freshness. And don’t worry about them sticking to the cookie sheet. The wafers are made with at least 35% cheese and slide right off like a much tastier version on an air hockey puck.

I hope to tour the facility in the not too distant future. Stay tuned!

Susan Thompson and Barkley Shreve began producing Mamie’s Famous Cheese Wafers in Mobile, Alabama in November, 2003. These two good friends are thrilled to share this old family recipe for cheese wafers with you! Busy cooks will appreciate the convenience of these frozen slice-and-bake hors d’oeuvres, which are baked at home to guarantee a delicious homemade taste and aroma. Keep several rolls in the freezer for surprise guests, holiday gatherings, hostess gifts, football parties or any occasion when you want to serve a home-baked treat. We hope you enjoy eating your cheese wafers as much as we enjoyed making them!

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Mamie’s Famous Cheese Wafers are frozen ready-to-bake cheese flavored snacks with not less than 35 percent real cheddar cheese by weight. The cheese wafers are packaged as a 14 ounce roll of frozen dough wrapped in FDA-approved polyethylene. There are no preservatives. The dough must be kept frozen until used. This delicious hors d’oeuvre is perfect for entertaining or snacking. The tantalizing aroma of cheese wafers instantly creates a festive atmosphere. Keep several rolls in the freezer for surprise guests, holiday gatherings, hostess gifts, football parties or any occasion when you want to serve a home-baked treat. We hope you enjoy eating your cheese wafers as much as we enjoyed making them.

www.mamieswafers.com

Dad’s Bourbon Balls – A Sweet Taste of Kentucky

21 Feb

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We have tried a lot of delicious bourbon-laced candies in our day, but none can compare to Dad’s Bourbon Balls. Frankly, I had never even heard of this product until I recently saw their display ad in a Bourbon trade publication. I reached out to Mike Aldy (aka the “Son of Dad”) and Mike kindly sent us a container of 16 bourbon balls to sample. The box hit our FL mailbox today and I wasted no time in tearing open the box, which encased an attractive circular gold tin.

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When I bit into the first pecan-topped candy, my mouth literally exploded in pure bourbon bliss. My main gripe with most bourbon candies and/or cakes is that the bourbon flavor is either too faint or too artificial. This is not a problem whatsoever with Dad’s fine product. They use only 90 proof premium KY bourbon (our order was made with Makers Mark) and the quality shines through loud and clear in each bite. Now listen, this is the best — I repeat — the best bourbon ball you will likely ever taste. I really can’t imagine anything topping this. Equaling this? Maybe, but doubtful. Topping this? I just can’t see that happening. But be careful, these babies are seriously potent and you may be buzzing after popping 2 or 3 of these delectable candies. So why fight it? Treat yourself to a little bit of the Bluegrass State and you’ll soon be floating around in Blue Heaven.

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Here’s a picture of “Dad” at work on a Habitat for Humanity project

Get crackin’ and order some now at  www.dadsbourbonballs.com