Herb Pecan Spiced Rice and Amelia’s Spicing Pecans

by Spicie Foodie on June 8, 2012

**June 10 Update: Recipe voted into Foodbuzz’s Daily Top 9. See all 9 recipes here.**

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I love pecans, don’t you? So when Mike Reardon of Amelia’s Spicing Pecans contacted me about his pecans I was delighted to test them out. After months of shipping coordination a very kind messenger from Prague personally delivered Mike’s special package. Mike was kind enough to send 4 large jars of his spicing pecans.

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Amelia’s Spicing Pecans come in 4 flavors, Herb, Cinnamon, Coffee and Hot & Spicy. As I opened and tasted each jar my senses were happily surprised. I love that you can taste pecans but you also taste the spices used for each product. Each jar packs so much taste, scent and tummy gratification. In fact as I tasted each of them I kept thinking to myself that these may be for spicing but I may be sneaking tastes throughout the day. Yes, they are seriously that good.

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Unlike other spice mixes you may buy, these spicing pecans’ ingredient list is free of preservatives. On the jar labels it is suggested they be stored in the refrigerator. You’ll also find suggestions on how to use the pecans on the label.

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Besides the delicious taste of Amelia’s Spicing Pecans I love that the company is a small startup headed by Mike. I am all for supporting small businesses, start ups, or supporting a fellow foodie. Though Mike gifted me his product I was not asked to write this. I am writing this because I wholeheartedly loved the pecans. I do hope that you’ll give Amelia’s Spicing Pecans a try, trust me you won’t be disappointed.

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Mike sent me 4 large jars, and it’s just hubby and I, so I will have many spiced pecan recipes to share with you. Since receiving them last week my mind has been hard at work dreaming up new recipes to use Amelia’s pecans. I can’t wait to share them all with you. Today I have the first spicing pecan recipe to share.

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4.8 from 4 reviews
Herb Pecan Spiced Rice and Amelia's Spicing Pecans
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Recipe type: Main, Side Dish
Serves: 2-3
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Amelia's Herb Spicing Pecans
  • 1.5 tbps extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  1. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan, saute the garlic and onion until soft and translucent. Use low or medium-low heat to prevent garlic from burning. Add rice to the pan, salt, ground black pepper and vegetable broth. Over medium-high heat bring the pan to a soft boil. Turn heat down to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is soft and cooked through.
  2. Just before serving mix in the pecans until distributed throughout the rice.
  3. Serve rice as a side dish with meat of your choice, or as a vegan/vegetarian meal. I served it alongside pork. Enjoy!
(If you would like to publish my recipe on your website please quote Spicie Foodie as the recipe creator, and place a link back to the recipe.)


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I do hope you’ll order yourself a jar…better make it 4 jars. Currently Amelia’s Spicing Pecans website is under construction but you place your orders directly through Mike. Mike is based in Birmingham, Alabama but you can contact him about shipping around the US and Canada.
To order your spicing pecans contact Mike
email: spicingpecans (@) gmail.com
phone +1 (205) 789-1558
Amelia’s Spicing Pecans on Facebook (Make sure you ask about Farmer’s markets where you can find Amelia’s Spicing Pecans)
Amelia’s Spicing Pecans on Twitter

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I leave you with Amelia’s Spicing Pecans motto, Be Creative! (I love it)

in Grains/Rice,Vegan/Vegetarian

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 8, 2012 at 7:07 AM

A wonderful dish! Those spice mixes sound great. Wonderful clicks.




2 Spicie Foodie June 8, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Thank you Rosa. Yes, the pecans really are fantastic. Have a great weekend:)


3 Viviane Bauquet Farre June 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Wow this rice looks remarkably enticing! I love the simplicity, yet elegant addition of the pecans. Intriguing but not overdone – a fine use of judgment indeed!


4 Spicie Foodie June 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Hi Viviane,

Thank you so much:)!


5 Nandita June 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Gosh the pecans look so yum!!! and so does the rice. I wish I could lay my hands on these flavoured nuts now. :)


6 Spicie Foodie June 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Hi Nandita,

All four of the pecans are delicious! Stop by Mike’s page and check him out. Thanks!


7 Suzi June 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Wow these pecans sound fabulous, I love pecans and eat them daily. Can’t wait to see what you do with the hot and spicy. I am going over to check out the web site. Thanks!


8 Spicie Foodie June 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM

They are Suzi:) The next recipe I share will be with the hot and spicy ones. Thanks!


9 Cookingrookie June 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I have never heard of spicing pecans before, but it sounds like a great idea! And the rice looks absolutely delicious! I have to check out Mike’s page :-)


10 Spicie Foodie June 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Yes go see Mike’s page. He really has a delicious product.


11 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) June 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM

What a wonderful gift to receive! Using them in rice is such a brilliant idea, too. I’ve just returned from a bike ride and your pictures are making my mouth water, Nancy. :)


12 Spicie Foodie June 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

It really is a great gift, thanks Jean:)


13 Mike ... Amelia's Spicing Pecans June 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM


I want to thank you for helping me promote Amelia’s Spicing Pecans, and thrilled you have found them to be such interesting and unique products.

For any of your readers, I’d like to reiterate that until my website is active, it is very easy to get your own Spicing Pecans simply by contacting me at spicingpecans@gmail.com, or by phone at +1 (205) 789-1558, and after taking your order and payment info, I can have your preferred flavor of Amelia’s (my 13 year old daughter) Spicing Pecans in a week.

Again, thank you very much Nancy and I am looking forward to all of your delicious and beautiful recipes coming soon.

Be Creative!


14 Spicie Foodie June 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Hi Mike,

Thank you for sending me your wonderful product. Plus all the hard work and coordination you did to get it to me.

So that’s who Amelia is, I love it:)

More recipes coming soon!


15 Suzanne Perazzini June 8, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Ah, so that’s what was in the teaspoon. They look so good straight from the jar. I would love to try them but I can’t imagine ever finding those down here in NZ. By the way, thanks for the tag on Facebook for the food lighting post.


16 Spicie Foodie June 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Hehe, yep:) Maybe you can work something out with Mike. Thanks and it was my pleasure.


17 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun June 8, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I like the way you wrote a very good product review and then gave a terrific way to use them. Love the recipe. I have only added similar pecans to salads–very unimaginative, unlike you.


18 Spicie Foodie June 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Hi Victoria,

Thank you. I don’t do many product reviews, and the few I do they are because I feel passionate about the product. So you know I’m not just saying whatever.


19 Magic of Spice June 8, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I adore pecans! I just made a rice dish the other day…wish I had seen this first, delicious!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, hugs!


20 Spicie Foodie June 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I’m sure your dish was delicious. Thanks and you too have a great weekend! hugs back


21 Eha June 9, 2012 at 2:26 AM

A totally new product idea for me – daresay I live just a tad too far to make purchasing this feasible: pity, would have liked to have tried :( ! Shall look at the site out of interest anyways, perhaps tell some US foodie friends. Love your rice recipe and shall probably just play around with the nutty theme :) !


22 Spicie Foodie June 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Hi Eha,

You should check out Mike’s page, perhaps you can work something out. Thanks!


23 thyme (sarah) June 9, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I just really REALLY love your photos. Spiced pecans! I’m surprised we don’t see more of that down here in Texas. We have so many pecan trees down here. I love pecans and the spices that you listed all sound delicious. What a great idea to meld them into that rice dish.


24 Spicie Foodie June 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Hi Sarah,

Thank you so much. It is a great compliment coming from you, whose photography and work I admire. Have a great weekend!


25 Ramona June 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Really beautiful and flavorful rice dish. I can just eat a bowl of it. Love the jarred pecan spicing you used. :) Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Ramona :)


26 Spicie Foodie June 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Hi Ramona,

Thank you! THat is what I did with the leftovers, right out of the bowl :) Thanks and you too have a great weekend.


27 kankana June 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I think I like any kind of nuts, pecan and walnut would be my fav! 4 bottles is a lot but when I read the label, I see they are all flavored up or mixed up with things I love. SO curious about the coffee pecan :)


28 Spicie Foodie June 10, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Hi Kankana,

I’m the same way, I love nuts. Pecans are definitely on the of the list. They were all good, including the coffee. Check Mike’s page out:)


29 DB-The Foodie Stuntman June 9, 2012 at 4:45 PM

My wife likes steamed white rice with her meals and I don’t mind it every once in a while but it’s so bland. I’m always looking for ways to add flavor and this is a great way to do so!


30 Spicie Foodie June 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Hi DB,

I’m with you, steamed rice needs extras now and then. The nuts are a great way of adding that extra rice needs. Thanks!


31 anna June 10, 2012 at 2:27 AM

i love the idea of spicing nuts, and THEN using the nuts to flavor dishes! adds a whole new level to the spice!


32 Spicie Foodie June 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Hi Anna,

Yes, me too. That’s why I love Mike’s product. Thanks!


33 Trix June 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Yes, of course I love pecans – they are Southern after all! : ) This is the sort of rice dish I could just eat … and … and eat. Very addictive. And congrats on top 9 gal!


34 Spicie Foodie June 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Thanks Trixie and congrats to you too:)!


35 Lilly June 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Such a great idea to spice up pecans and to sell them in a jar! I hope Mike’s business is getting a good boost. I can’t wait to see more of your recipes using them.


36 Spicie Foodie June 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Hi Lilly,

Me too, I hope Mike becomes very successful with his product. Thanks!


37 tania@mykitchenstories June 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

What a great product. We dont do much of anything with pecans in Australia despite growing lots of them. The photos of the rice are very nice Nancy, I like the light


38 Spicie Foodie June 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Hi Tania,

What a waste, Thanks!


39 Tania @ A Perfect Pantry June 11, 2012 at 2:27 AM

The spicing pecans looks so good… a shame they don’t deliver to Australia… I want some/..


40 Spicie Foodie June 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

That’s too bad, but you never know Tania and may be able to work something out:)


41 Mike ... Amelia's Spicing Pecans June 13, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I’d love to try. Send you address to me at spicingpecans@gmail.com


42 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Congratulations on Top 9 Nancy! My husband eats pecans as snack, but I’ve never incorporated them into meals. This is such a gorgeous dish, Nancy. I just keep looking at your photos and study your photography….while I get hungry looking at your delicious photos! ;-)


43 Spicie Foodie June 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Hi Nami,

Thank you! I’ve never incorporated pecans into savory dishes but they really do work well. Thank you, you are so sweet. I always admire and try to pick up tips from your photography too:)


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