@artist01, I am the only one in my clan who likes mincemeat. Later wondered if it is the rum? that is added??? Smiles
Like you, pecan pies are my most favorite and the one most requested by family.
At my daughter's one holiday, she'd bought some pecans at her grocers for my "special" pie. They were hard as rocks, tiny and almost bitter! From that experience, wherever she's lived, I annually send her fresh pecans bought from my area.
While our state is a big pecan producer, I have to rely on "store bought" walnuts and wonder if they too are far different from locally harvested fresh???