Winter Blogfest: Linda Nightingale

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Southern Pecan Pie

As you get older, it feels a bit strange to turn over the holiday celebrations to your children. You’re accustomed to buying and preparing the turkey and other dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas and hosting the holidays at your home. Then one day your son says that Thanksgiving will be at their house. You take a step back and think, ‘What?’ then perhaps ‘wow, someone else to stand up for hours and do the cooking and serving.’  Thoughts come fast ‘they won’t use the china and silver because they won’t want to hand wash them.

In the end, you relax into the idea and have a wonderful time: 1) with someone else frying the turkey; 2) making the side dishes (except of course they’ve requested you bring the Squash Casserole and Green Bean Casserole—well established staples for the holidays); and 3) sit down while someone else serves a delicious meal that refers back to item 1—you didn’t have to cook!

In the spirit of the holidays, here is the handwritten recipe my mother used for the southern pecan pie she always served at the holidays.  This delicious pie was as traditional to us as the Christmas Pudding is to my British former husband:

Southern Pecan Pie

Mix 1 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon of flour

Add 3 unbeaten eggs, 1 cup white Karo syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla, ¼ lb. margarine, mix well.

Do not heat – place pecans in pie crust and pour mixture over pecans

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About the Author: Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston. She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.

Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt. She retired from a career as a retired legal assistant, just joined the Houston BMW Club, and the stars in her crown—two wonderful sons. In a former life, she must have had to walk everywhere because today she is into transportation with fine taste in expensive horses and hot cars! She likes to dress up and host formal dinner parties.

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  1. Hi Linda, I love your pecan pie recipe and the handwritten ones are the best! I have to admit after two weeks of sweets the best thing to me sounds like your squash casserole….yummmm…..Happy 2018

  2. Linda, I NEVER tire of sweets. And your pecan pie recipe sounds awesome!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Hey Lady,
    I absolutely love pecan pie! Unfortunately, the hubby is allergic to pecans and walnuts. And I don’t want a complete pie hanging around the house tempting me. That sounds like an instant 10 pound weight gain. I’ll w until I have company coming over for dinner, make two deserts, and force most of the pie home with guests. I don’t think it will be hard.

    I love your writing: we should get together on your next book. And I’ll be in touch about the sample going out.

  4. Wow, that’s such a beautiful pecan pie! I have only tried to make one twice in my life…the first one came out well (beginner’s luck, lol), the second one…not so great. Hopefully, third time will be the charm! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. nice pie

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