Happy National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day! (8/20)

Chococlate Pecan Pie is the best pie, when it’s made the right way. When it’s made not the right way, it’s still pretty good, though. Last month, on National Pecan Pie Day, I gave making a chocolate pecan pie my best shot. I didn’t know that there was going to be a National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day right around the corner, otherwise I might have just gone to Denny’s and played it safe with a standard version.

Little Mini Pecan Pie Tortes

That chocolate pecan pie was all kinds of messed up. To this day I’m not sure what I did wrong, but I definitely came a lot closer this time with the help of a recipe that instructed on how to make little torte guys instead of a whole big pie. I’m becoming a huge fan of mini-pies. When you’re making a new dessert practically every other day, it sure does work out a lot better for the waistline and the refrigerator storage capacity. Of course, I didn’t stick to the recipe exactly because I didn’t think that it really constituted an actual pecan pie, and because I’m completely incapable of sticking to a recipe. So, to remain true to the holiday, I threw in a tablespoon of flour and some condensed milk for good meaure. It really came out a lot more pecan pie-like with just those two additives.

I’m curious., as you read this, how have you been pronouncing pecan in your head? If you’re from the North, you’ll tend to pronounce this prime nut: puh-con; If you are from the South, however, you’ll find that you say it: pee-can. Perhaps it’s because I’m from South Florida, so my language tends to be a Southern accent that has been completely robbed by the invading Northern influence, or maybe it was all that time I spent in Arkansas and Tennessee, but when I say pecan, it comes out a blend of the two so that it sounds more like: puh-can.

How someone pr.onounces the word never seems to make a whole lot of difference on how the pie tastes, though, nor how desperately you’ll be needing a glass of milk half way through the slice. The only reason I brought it up the pronounciation at all was because I think I’m pretty sure I’m the only one pronouncing it wrong.

That’s ok, though, because when they’re in a pie, I’ll always eat them sooooo right!


About Jim Clark

"If it was worth doing, then it is worth writing!" -- Jim Clark -- Someone else probably said that before, and I'm sure that each semester she starts her Creative Writing 101 class by writing it on the board, but I never took that lady's class so I am taking her quote! I work in the world of advertising, but I write for a living. Here in the second decade of the '00s, we find ourselves in a culture where virtually everyone writes for a living. With all the clicking and clacking on Facebook, Twitter, emails and texts, our lives are more than ever intertwined with writing. At the same time, it's also become increasingly more important to shorten our thoughts down to as few characters as possible. So, now, more than ever, I think it's also important to hold a place in our lives for expanding and honing our thoughts through writing. This is my place for that.
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