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Celebrate National Pecan Day with mouth-watering recipes

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The pecan is the state tree of Texas, so why not celebrate National Pecan Day with a tasty treat? Whether you say "PEE-can" or "pecawn" there are yummy ways to incorporate this nut of Texas into your cooking.

Strangely enough, pecan season isn't until the late fall in the Houston area. If you, like many Houstonians has a pecan tree or two in your backyard that annually produces fruit, here's how to harvest the nuts when they are ripe. Pecans can be purchased whole in-shell during the winter months at area grocery stores, but you can find packaged pecan halves and chopped nuts all year long in the baking section of supermarkets.

Three words: pecan crusted bacon. That's all you need to know.

This recipe, found at Food.com combines the nutty crunch of pecans with sweet brown sugar and savory bacon. If you have ever tried candied bacon before, this will be a real treat.

Serve it up for Easter brunch this Sunday to make the holiday a hopping good one.

There are also other ways to celebrate the pecans that can be found at ILovePecans.org, which is the National Pecan Shellers' Association.

Be sure to watch the video for how to make pecan and caramel crepes.

Here are other sites with a tree-load of pecan recipes:

Huffington Post has 57.

Southern Living has 16.

Simply Recipes has 10.

Something Swanky has 40 desserts.

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