Sweet and Spicy Pecans and A World of Possibilities

Friday, December 31, 2010


Well, here we are again.  Another year gone by and I honestly didn’t see it coming.  Seriously.  Where did the time go?  They say that time flies when you’re having fun.  If that’s true, then 2010 must have been one helluva nonstop party.  Too bad I can’t remember it!

I don’t usually make a lot of New Year’s resolutions.  Been there, done that.  I find that I usually break most of them by the end of January, and then spend the rest of the year beating myself up over it.  Who needs that kind of pressure?  I mean, I know that I’m never going to hoof it to the gym at 6:00 a.m. three times a week.  Almost everyone who knows me, knows it too.  So why set myself up for failure?    Instead, I try to set a few goals that I want to achieve, and work toward them in small, realistic increments.  I probably won’t be making many any pre-dawn visits to the gym. But, I might take Bella for an extra walk around the block from time to time.

The past twelve months have been a mixture of bitter and sweet for me.  I’ve had some wonderful new opportunities come my way, like my gigs writing for Edible Sarasota Magazine and the Tampa Tribune.  I’ve also had some not so wonderful things happen in my life, but I won’t bore you with the details.  A new year is on the horizon and that means a fresh start and a world of possibilities.  I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be my year.  I can taste it!  And, I hope you’ll all come along for the ride.

The slideshow below features my favorite SGCC recipes of 2010.  I’ve chosen one from each month.  Some may be familiar to you and some may be new.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you.


January:  Ginger Scallion Noodles from Momofuku

February: Candied Bacon-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

March:  Honey-Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

April:  Lemon Linguine with Basil Pesto Shrimp

May:  Piece Montée

June:  Chiles Rellenos

July: Bing Cherry Sorbetto

August: Sweet & Spicy Wickled Okra

September:  Homemade Refried Beans

October:  Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

November:  Turkey Cutlets alla Milanese

December:  Russian Tea


Before I wrap up 2010, I’d like to leave you with a recipe for a great little snack to enjoy while you sip your champagne tonight.  My Sweet and Spicy Pecans are absolutely addictive and a breeze to make.  I included containers of them in my Christmas gift bags this year and they were a huge hit.  The beauty of this recipe is that you can adapt it in many different ways.  I used brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne and smoked paprika in my version, but you can use less sugar to make the nuts more savory, or switch up the spices however you like.   Not only are these pecans an incredibly delicious nibble, they can also be added to salads, veggies and lots of different baked goods.  Banana bread or apple muffins with spiced pecans, anyone?  Mmmm!

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Thank you so much, dear readers, for your continued support of SGCC and of me.  I truly value each and every one of you.   I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  May 2011 bring you all you ever dreamed of.

See you next year!


12 responses to Sweet and Spicy Pecans and A World of Possibilities

  1. On December 31, 2010 at 11:10am, Maria said...

    Happy New Year Susan!

  2. On December 31, 2010 at 12:25pm, Rosa said...

    A great best of! Those pecans must taste heavenly.

    Best wishes for the New Year!



  3. On December 31, 2010 at 1:47pm, bellini valli said...

    It has been a joy sharing your kitchen this past year. 2011 can be nothing if not to strengthen friendships, cook up a storm and share on these very pages. Cheers!!! PS Sweet and salty pecans are truly oneof my favourite snacks!!

  4. On December 31, 2010 at 1:49pm, LizAnderson said...

    A Very Happy New Year to you, too. May you receive many happy returns, with just enough bitter to appreciate the sweet.

    I never thought to put those Pecans on salads! Doh! Maybe my kids will be salad eaters in 2011 — thank you for that and for sharing.

  5. On December 31, 2010 at 3:38pm, Mom24@4evermom said...

    I absolutely loved your Lemon Linguini w/Basil Shrimp. Awesome!

  6. On December 31, 2010 at 4:43pm, Karen@Mignardise said...

    Great slide show. I just might have to go over to Picnik and do one too. Seeing all your photos reminds me of all your great recipes that I’ve printed out, but have yet to make. Maybe that should be my resolution…
    Happy new year to you and your family!

  7. On December 31, 2010 at 5:05pm, Farmer Jen said...

    Wonderful recipes! Happy New Year to you!

  8. On January 01, 2011 at 9:01pm, Joan Nova said...

    All the best to you in 2011. Keep those sticky gooey creamy chewy treats coming our way!

  9. On January 02, 2011 at 12:35am, The Food Hunter said...

    Happy New Year to you..hope it’s a good one

  10. On January 02, 2011 at 12:41pm, Kevin (Closet Cooking) said...

    Happy New Year!

  11. On January 04, 2011 at 11:06pm, Jess said...

    Your packages are adorable!! Is there a place that you can buy them, or do you have to buy them customized?

  12. On November 24, 2013 at 2:25pm, Andrea said...

    These pecans are perfection! I just made a batch to serve as a Thanksgiving snack, but I am pretty sure that they will not last that long. Good thing they are so quick easy! :-)

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