Famous Pecan Pie

Famous Pecan Pie - Absolutely delicious!

Why is this a famous pecan pie?  The name “famous” for this pecan pie is named such as this was a recipe from Lindy Boggs.  Today is the two year anniversary of Lindy’s death.  In 1976 Mrs Boggs became the first woman to preside over a Democratic National Convention.  Three years earlier, she had become the first woman from Louisiana elected to the House.  Lindy succeeded her husband in the House of Representatives after he was killed in a plane crash.  Lindy Boggs went on to serve nine terms on Capitol Hill, notably as a champion of women’s rights.  She died July 27, 2013 at the age of 97.

Ingredients

2 frozen pie crusts

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup white Karo syrup

3 tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch each cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt

2 cups shelled pecans

Directions

Take crusts from freezer while preparing other ingredients.  When thawed prick edges and bottom.  Brush with butter.

Slightly beat eggs.  Stir in sugar, butter, white syrup, pinch of salt.  Beat.  Add vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon.  Gently stir in pecans.  Place in pie shells.

Bake in 350°F oven for 40 to 50 minutes. (Second pie can be frozen if you need only one pie.)  Yield: 12-16 servings.

Famous Pecan Pie - Absolutely delicious!

Famous Pecan Pie – Absolutely delicious!

 

 

Annual Pecan Conference Held

The annual Tri-State Pecan Conference was held in Natchez, Mississippi in mid June.  Growers from Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi kicked off the meeting with an orchard tour of The Company Farm pecan orchard located in Baskin, Louisiana.  This farm is a square mile or 640 acres, and is being managed by Tom Childress.  Childress talked about his management practices for the orchard, the current varieties that are in the orchard, and the future goal of starting a hedging regime.  He says that the number one benefit, for him, is that hedging helps him achieve a more effective spray program.  Childress says he is trying to choose and plant the right pecan varieties to control problems, such as scab, because you “can’t spray your way out of a problem, you have to plant your way out.”

Lunch was provided in the orchard and then the group headed back to Natchez for business meetings and an evening reception.  The second day consisted of educational seminars and the always much anticipated pecan guesstimate of the season from Ben Littlepage.  He estimated that the U.S. crop would total 283 million pounds.  Below is a state by state estimated prediction:

Alabama………………..19 million

Arizona………………….25 million

Arkansas………………… 1 million

California………………..  6 million

 Florida…………………….0.5 million

Georgia…………………80.0 million

Kansas……………..0.5 million

Louisiana…………………4 million

Mississippi…………….. 1 million

New Mexico…………..70 million

N. Carolina…………..0.5 million

Oklahoma…………….35 million

S. Carolina…………..0.5 million

Texas…………………. 40 million