Looking for last-minute host gifts, something that packs a big surprise? Seek no further than the duck-fat pecan pies at Humphry Slocombe
(2790 Harrison at 24th St.). The handheld delights subtly fuse sweet and savory. They contain a mellow hint of duck fat, and aren't overly sweet the way traditional pecan pies are. Humphry's Jake Godby uses duck fat from nearby Flour + Water
. "We tried to get the pies ready by Thanksgiving, but it didn't happen," Godby said. "The holidays..."
The $5 pie-lets are selling fast, and the ice cream store is so busy the phone might go unanswered. This blogger thinks they'd taste great paired with H.S.'s brown butter ice cream -- not that they need any accompaniment. The shop is open till 4 p.m. today.