My Groundhog Day Tradition

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

So Phil saw his shadow this morning and now we have to suffer through six more weeks of winter. But I don't care because this morning, I made some pecan waffles, as I do every Groundhog Day. This morning, they were very special pecan waffles. More on that in a minute.

 

Back in the mid-70's, I actually attended the shadowcasting at Gobbler's Knob, an event that pretty much topped out on the bogosity scale. I wrote a post about it last year - My Groundhog Day - which you might want to check out if you believe groundhogs can predict the weather or have a tendency to trust a bunch of strange old men.

 

Anyhow, I began a tradition then of celebrating Groundhog Day by making pecan waffles. There is no connection that I know of between pecan waffles and groundhogs, but I love pecan waffles and won't hesitate to manufacture any excuse to eat them. This year, I came up with a new recipe, one that ought to land me in the Waffle Hall of Fame, and I'm happy to share it with you.

 

Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you the

 

Candied Pecan Waffle

 Candied Pecan Waffles

 

So, start off with your favorite waffle batter recipe. Mine is:

 

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 & 1/2 cups half & half

 

Combine the dry ingredients. Mix the egg yolks and half & half, and add, alternating with butter and oil, to the dry ingredients, stirring until smooth. Whip the egg whites and fold into the batter.

 

Okay, here's the genius part: make candied pecans

 

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Mix sugars and cinnamon. Whip the egg white, water and vanilla until very frothy. In a large bowl, toss the pecans with the egg white mixture until they're evenly covered, then add the sugar mixture and toss again until sugar is evenly distributed. Spread out pecans on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake at 275° for 30 minutes, cool and separate.

 

Add whatever is left of the pecans - I know you already snacked on at least a 1/2 cup of those - to the batter, make waffles, drench with pure maple syrup, and enjoy!

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-689-4663
www.maryanddick.com

 

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Suzanne McLaughlin
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Dick, I am so glad you started this tradition, and I hope Ron & Alexandra Seigel stop by to get this most coveted recipe....I am excited, can't wait to serve it to my own Ron, and, of course, ME!!!  Thank you for having a most excellent tradition!

Feb 02, 2015 03:56 AM #10
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Dick Greenberg Well I am sticking with my vote for for Staten Island Chuck. His stats of being right 80% of the time is ok with me .  Pecan waffles on the other hand sound awesome .  Delightfully delicious  Now I am starving

Feb 02, 2015 05:47 AM #11
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I do love me some waffles but at my age they go straight to my thighs so I steer clear of them most of the time!

Feb 02, 2015 06:24 AM #12
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Pecan waffles and Groundhog's Day?  Sure.  Why not?  I've actually never tried them.

Feb 02, 2015 06:26 AM #13
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I remember the post last year Dick. I would love to try your waffles. Also I hope you are right because I am ready for fun in the sun.

Feb 02, 2015 06:55 AM #14
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Hi Dick,

I'm sure you wear a top hat when making your celebrity pecan waffles and celebrating Groundhog day!! Your waffles sound intoxicating..have to try them! Happy Groundhog Day!!

Feb 02, 2015 09:01 AM #15
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Damn.....I'd love to be at your place next Groundhog Day!

Feb 02, 2015 09:16 AM #16
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Hi Dick, I'm with Roger, I would love to celebrate next Groundhog Day at your house! Those waffles look delicious!

Feb 02, 2015 09:56 AM #17
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Dick you and those waffles are definitely in my Hall of Fame.  As for those little rodents how did they ever make up through all that snow, I smell something strange going on.

Feb 02, 2015 10:35 AM #18
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Those look delicious. I may actually have to try that recipe.

Feb 02, 2015 12:38 PM #19
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Dick I am sorry you will have to suffer with six more weeks of Winter...sadly so do we here in LA it was a balmy 72 degrees as I showed my big land today:))Endre  p.s.: I guess with comments like these no Waffles for me in the mail:)

 

 

Feb 02, 2015 02:56 PM #20
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I love your Groundhog day tradition!    Hadn't thought much more about except for the darn Groundhog and the movie.   Your waffles will be forever etched in my head on Feb 2.  LOL.  

Feb 02, 2015 11:34 PM #21
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Breakfast at Dick's next year!  Sounds wonderful!

Feb 03, 2015 12:15 AM #22
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I remember your post from last year....hilarious.  And, this year's is just as good, Dick.  MMMMMMMMM!!!!

Feb 03, 2015 12:23 AM #23
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That sounds really wonderful. I haven't had dinner yet, and you've made me even hungrier. 

Feb 03, 2015 09:44 AM #24
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I dont remember if I caught that post last year or not but I TOTALLY agree with you this is beyond foolish but here in Denver we have a SEAL that picks winning NFL teams and it sometimes beats the experts so shoudlwe all listen to the SEAL when placing out bets lol

Feb 03, 2015 09:55 AM #25
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Oh my Dick, I think I have died and gone to heaven. I know exactly what to make my hubby for Valentines Day breakfast. He will probably take me out and buy me a Mercedes after that. I would settle for a Subaru though.

Feb 04, 2015 02:30 AM #26
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Dick, not only did Phil see his shadow, but didn't he get annoyed and bite the Mayor's ear?  That doesn't sound like a good thing.

Feb 04, 2015 08:45 AM #27
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Oh, how I love you!! Groundhog Day is a wonderful movie (truth be told I have a special place in my heart for the young Bill Murray because he reminds me of my darling, boyish highschool boyfriend) and that you make a tradition out of non-traditional holiday is just so, well--SWEET! and OMG, pecan waffles--I'd be all over them!  My dear friends, who became my dear friends here at the lake after they bought my old home...Doug and Cheryl (oh, dear, I'm just wandering here)..anyway, Doug's favorite holiday is Groundhog's Day!  He loves it because it's not religious it is just a silly, fun holiday. 

Ok, so he saw his shadow. Well, more time for movies and reading books inside...and WINE. 

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Everyone in New England is looking to hunt down that ground hog. Another foot yesterday and snow forecast for Thursday again Sunday. I give up

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