Daily Archives: November 24, 2013

Recipe: Spiced Nuts

Spiced Nuts are a good snack to keep on hand around the holidays. Just put them in a candy dish when company comes by or wrap them in up with a bow as a gift. Check out Dave’s recipe for this sweet and smoky nuts.

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Ingredients

  • ½ t ground cumin
  • ½ t cayenne pepper
  • ½ t ground cinnamon
  • 4 C unsalted mixed nuts, such as walnuts,      pecans, hazelnuts, and almonds
  • 4 T unsalted butter  (substitute Earth Balance buttery spread      for Vegan version)
  • 6 T brown sugar
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 1 T water

Directions

Heat the nuts in a dry large skillet over medium to medium high heat and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to toast, about 4 minutes. 

Add the butter and cook, stirring, until the nuts begin to darken, about 1 minute. 

Add the spices, stirring to incorporate and coat the nuts. 

Add the sugar, again stirring to coat and combine with the spices. 

Add the kosher salt and water and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens and the nuts are glazed, about 5 minutes. 

Remove the nuts from the heat and transfer to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, separating them with a fork. 

Let the nuts stand until cooled and the sugar has hardened, about 10 minutes.  If there is still butter on the foil under the nuts when cooling, use a paper towel to absorb.

Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

4 Days Until Thanksgiving!

4 days! Well, we ended up having a couple of friends come over last night, so unfortunately we were not able to get to making our Pumpkin Pie and Spiced Nuts.

Harris was still able to re-make his Jewish Apple Cake (since Sean insisted that we eat the first one Harris made!). So tonight, we will be making our Pumpkin Pie, a Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cranberry Sauce and Spiced Nuts.

One reader had inquired about good recipes using a crock pot since she works all day. Well, actually using the crock pot is also a great way to cook when you are busy preparing dishes for a future party. So, tonight we intended to make a Pot Roast in our crock pot. However, when Harris was at the grocery store, he found out that the Rib Roast was on sale. Since, Rib Roast is a better cut of the meat, he picked that up instead. We can’t wait to try the Rib Roast in our crock pot!

What meals do you like to prepare when you are busy multi-tasking other time consuming events? How are your preparations for Thanksgiving coming along? Let us know in the comments below!

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!
-The Dads: Harris & Dave

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