Lori’s Sugar and Spice Pecans


Have you ever had one of those friends who defines hospitality?  That’s my friend, Lori. I’ve known her for 8 years now, and there are 3 things (at a minimum) I admire about her:

  1. Lori’s life is guided 100% by faith.
  2. Lori’s smile is genuine at all times.
  3. Lori’s hands are almost always holding a small, thoughtful gift of hospitality or appreciation.

These pecans were one of her gifts, placed in a simple cellophane bag and tied with a ribbon or twine and, the greatest gift, recipe attached.

Lori’s Sugar and Spice Pecans

1 egg white
1 Tbsp. orange juice
3 cups pecan halves
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. cloves 

Preheat oven to 300⁰.  Beat egg white until frothy; add orange juice and beat again.  Add nuts, stirring gently to coat.  Combine remaining ingredients, add to pecans and stir to coat.  Spread evenly on greased cookie sheet (10″x15″ pan – I use my stoneware bar pan and do not need to grease it).  Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Cool completely.  Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag.  Place in the freezer to keep fresh for a few months.

Note: Feel free to experiment with the spice combination and the nuts in this recipe … cardamom, cayenne, chipotle … almonds, walnuts, cashews … 

Most of the time, a double batch is required because I can’t give them ALL away.  Kept in the freezer, they will stay fresh and crunchy for months.  Add a few to a spinach and strawberry salad … to chicken salad along with a few dried cranberries … to morning oatmeal or yogurt and fruit … to butter-pecan ice cream …

Simple and impressive, I have given these as party favors, as small Christmas gifts, and as a part of wedding or shower baskets.

I know Lori won’t mind if I share the recipe with you … after all, sharing is what she does best!  Just don’t forget to pass it on …

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Anita Hinkeldey McVey

From the farm in Alta ... to college in Ames ... to the suburbs of Des Moines in Waukee ... I am an Iowa girl through and through. I married the cute, but quiet, guy who made me laugh out loud in Statistics class and we have two awesome, but terribly sarcastic, boys. In 1999, I quit my research job to be home with those active boys. Staying home allowed me to spend more time preparing meals, trying new recipes and striving to serve healthier options for my family. Now that my boys are men ... well, "adults" anyway ... and my husband still appreciates what I accomplish at home, I have time to explore my creative side and knock "writing a blog" off my bucket list. I love trying new things, traveling, gardening, reading and clean countertops. I love baseball (watching, not playing) and concession stands. Choosing a favorite food is impossible but if I was forced to pick just one, it would be pie! I thank God that He has led me to this place. Here's to a new adventure and hopes that others will be able to use what I post to discover the benefits of family meals and living a picnic life.

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