My family went out to one of my dad's favorite restaurants -- this really neat little Cajun place -- last night to celebrate Fathers' Day. I had a salad with pickled carrots, black-eyed pea relish, and okra -- yum! Okra is kinda funny, though. It tastes great, yet it just has the slimiest texture. So I can see why some people don't like it!
Afterward, I really, really wanted some kind of...nut butter (not necessarily peanut butter. Dare to be different), but I didn't want to make a great big batch. Decided on maple-pecan butter. I made a batch about half the size of what I normally make, and it turned out great! Perfect size for one person. It'd be really good with apples, but I just ate it straight-up. Of course. ;D Finished it in about five minutes.
1/2 cup pecans (try toasting them!)
1/8 cup oil (I used vegetable oil)
1/8 cup REAL maple syrup
Grind up pecans in food processor, then add oil and blend until smooth. Then blend in maple syrup.
|Um, yeah...trust me, it tastes a lot better than it looks!|