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Buttered Pecan Ice Cream

Recipe for homemade buttered pecan ice cream, old-fashioned and delicious. Plus, to pair with the ice cream, a simple recipe for Meringue Cookies, sweet and studded with pecans. Plus, an introduction to native Missouri pecans, smaller and sweeter than pecans from other regions. It’s time for the Show-Me State to show off its culinary gold: fingertip-tiny, syrup-sweet, native Missouri pecans.Missouri is the northernmost reach of pecan country. Our shorter season and colder climate produce nuts that are smaller, sweeter and richer than the southern brethren.The trees grow alongside fields and rivers, mostly in farm country near Brunswick, 50 crow-miles northwest of Columbia, and Nevada, 90 miles south of Kansas City.Many trees are 200 years old. These days, farm entrepreneurs plant groves. “For the grandchildren,” they laugh, since trees don’t produce nuts for 15 or 20 years. Tree by tree, the nuts are painstakingly harvested in November.Missouri pecans are Show-Me special for lucky-we-…

Maple Glazed Salmon

Every week, another story emerges about the miracles worked by salmon. If the claims are to be believed, it’s the cancer-curing, figure-fending, wrinkle-ravaging, memory-mothering, clock-stopping, energy-saving, chocolate-tasting (okay, not that last one) food of the decade. Whether the claims prove true hardly matters since salmon is so readily available, tastes so great and gets to the table so fast.My recipe box includes a dozen great ways to cook salmon but this maple syrup-glazed treatment trumps them all. It’s a reincarnation of the French-classic and 1980s-trendy peppered steak, this time with buttery fish and cooked in just minutes under high heat. Truth be told, it is a miracle food. ALANNA's TIPS Salmon steaks, individual filets and thick filets from warehouse clubs all work well. If the skin’s still on one side, the salmon will be slightly tastier. Believe it or not, pancake syrup, even sugar-free pancake syrup, is a decent substitute for pricey maple syrup. My aun…

Holy Slaw!

Nothing like a church potluck.Make a trip or two or three along those long tables of home-cooked food, one tempting casserole after another delicious dessert (and don’t forget Mrs. Barry’s pecan pie), it’s no wonder that afterward folks head toward home heavy-eyed and hoping for a Sunday afternoon nap.Salads seem to be scarce at potlucks so colorful HOLY SLAW! will be a welcome addition come the next one. The dressing is unusual, a tasty blend of Asian-inspired flavors. I’m willing to bet a nap that you’ll gather both compliments and recipe requests. ALANNA's TIPS Watch your supermarket or international grocery for jars of minced ginger that are such huge timesavers you may find yourself going out of your way to use fresh ginger. This coleslaw loses punch and crunch after an hour, so mix only what can be eaten on the spot. You can still make it ahead of time, just save the last step until right before eating. If it’ll be eaten over several days, mix the dressing and chop the pep…

Tropical Supper Salad

This salad is a magical combination of flavors and textures, "every bite is different" someone said recently when I made a triple batch for an impromptu family supper. It's a "concept" recipe for a mixed vegetable and fruit salad, just be sure to include plenty of fruit, that's what makes this salad special. While the salad stands alone, it's especially designed to pair with Tropical Pork Tenderloin, just pork tenderloin seasoned with a distinctive rub and roasted. For a large gathering, I like to cook the pork ahead of time and chill, then slice it thin with an electric knife. Is it the same in towns and cities everywhere now’days? In my neighborhood, especially on the weekends, fathers push strollers as much as mothers.Weekdays, the Mom Parade starts about nine, mostly power-stroller-walking two and three abreast, faces taut and determined, filled with triple-tasking purpose: If we walk and talk fast enough for an hour, the baby will get out, our bell…