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Pecans are available year-round, but are used in many fall and winter desserts and savory side dishes.
Pecans can be bought shelled or unshelled. Shelled pecans can be used straight out of the package.
To caramelize, heat 2 tablespoons (28 grams) of butter on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons (28 grams) of brown sugar, and 1 cup (99 grams) of whole or halved pecans, and stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and the nuts are lightly browned. (Take care not to burn them!) Create a festive salad by adding them to the greens of your choice with goat cheese and sliced pears.
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