Not only are these spicy pecans great to serve at your get togethers, but they are also great to make as gifts. Gifts from your kitchen add a personal touch.
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
1-1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1-1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook all ingredients except pecans in skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until brown sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in pecans. Transfer to lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 8 minutes. Cool.
You'll need to package your kitchen gifts where you're finished. Here are some ideas. Whatever you use, make sure all containers are absolutely clean and dry before you begin assembling the packages.
To Give as Gifts
Obvious choices include baskets, bowls, canning jars, holiday tins (vintage and new), and brown paper bags tied with twine.
In addition, think beyond baskets and cellophane bags. Keep your eyes open for "tag sale" items such as old plates and bowls, ice cream molds, tea cups, vintage napkins and tea towels. You can also use new cookware or bowls with lids, which can be used after the food gift inside is gone.
Consider colored cellophane, fabric, plain white tissue or plain brown butcher paper decorated with gold paint splatters, holiday stamps or nothing at all. You can also try cotton dish towels in holiday prints. Tie with ribbon or twine.
Tags and labels:
You can go the usual route with purchased tags, or you can get creative: Using a gold pen, write on a plain red or green ball ornament or a shiny ribbon; make your own tag out of construction paper; check out office supply stores for inexpensive file tags or labels.
Recipe makes 1-1/2 cup.
Did You Know?
The pecan tree is considered the most valuable North American nut species. The pecan tree is the only fruit tree native to North America. The Pecan tree is the State of Texas tree. Native pecans are found in more than 152 counties throughout the state of Texas.
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