Today is National Pecan Pie Day. One of my favorites. This traditionally Southern dish has a controversial background historically. Thew fact is, no one actually knows who first came up with Pecan Pie. Pecans are known to have been used in dishes going back some 8,000 years. Pecan Pie just seems to have appeared over the years gaining popularity in the 1940’s. Some say it started in Texas, others say Alabama and of course, you have to throw Georgia into that mix. You know what, I don’t care where it came from it’s just plain good! And… it’s good any time of the year, fitting nearly every day we choose to celebrate! So why shouldn’t it have it’s own holiday?
How to celebrate – Have some pecan pie. Pecans are also available in ice cream and coffee creamers. Have some pecan flavored coffee with your pecan pie and top it off with some pecan ice cream.
Our path in life is not always smooth, we will hit a few bumps here and there, and maybe it will get a little rocky from time to time. So celebrate that by having some rocky road ice cream… you owe it to yourself, your family and your country!
The blend of chocolate, marshmallow and nuts (Primarily almonds or pecans and sometimes both!) and semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Now you can make your own rocky road ice cream but, why? It’s available in nearly every grocery store you go in to.
Now most ice creams are good enough for the every day affair. Vanilla goes great with cake, strawberry makes a wonderful shake, and chocolate is really sweet and tempting. But when you take pecans, or almonds, marshmallows and even more chocolate it’s… it’s… it’s Rocky Road!
No one who knows who created Rocky Road Day and it isn’t really National, or an official holiday designated by Congress. In fact, it probably isn’t even a real holiday but that’s okay, we can celebrate it anyway… and honestly, any day. But, if you like celebrating with others, then you will have to celebrate National Rocky Road Day today!
How to celebrate – Have a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream. Make your own Rocky Road ice cream. Make a Rocky Road flag to fly outside your house.
Today is my sisters birthday. No, that doesn’t have anything to do with pecan pie but then neither does the National part of the title so… happy birthday! Maybe we can have pecan pie instead of cake! I’d like that better!
Pecan pie probably started with the Native American tribes, the Quinipissa and the Tangipahoa tribes of Texas. There seems to be evidence of the use of pecans since 8,000 BC and we have no reason to believe that they did not turn that into pie. The word pecan comes from the Alogonquin languauge.
There are many recipes, most involving eggs, butter and sugar (Normally Corn Syrup). However brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and honey are used either in addition to, or replacing original ingredients. You can try the recipe above or this one for your own guideline to follow.
Not willing to settle on the common pecan pie, many add chocolate or cinnamon to top the pie off. I’m not exactly sure what was wrong with the original but if you like that, fine. I am more of a purist. You can top it with ice cream or whipped cream, which is nice so long as, to me, you don’t cover up the natural flavor.
How to celebrate – Bake a pecan pie for your family today, or your friends, or maybe just for yourself. Try your own recipe, like maybe adding coconut making it more of a German Chocolate Cake pie. If you are not fond of pecans then you could try any other kind of nut, but then of course it’s not a part of National Pecan Pie Day!