Brined and Roasted Rosemary Chile Almonds

Sweet and spicy crispianity! My addiction to nuts dates back a zillion years  to Sundays in Evreux, France.  I somehow got a job at age 12 playing the organ at the chapel at Evreux-Fauville Air Force Base.  Father Driscoll must have been desperate.  My mom would drop me off for the early mass, give me […]

Brown Butter Nuts with Rosemary and Thyme

10 cups mixed nuts such as pecans, cashews, whole skin-on almonds, Marcona almonds, and peanuts 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only Directions Preheat oven to […]

Rosemary and Thyme Candied Pecans

These were a huge hit in my Christmas nut baggies this year. With inspiration from the spiced nuts served at the Union Square Café in New York City. It will look as though there too much glaze as the nuts go in the oven – don’t worry. As they bake the syrup will thicken and […]

Moroccan-esque Almonds (you HAFTA MAKE these!)

Yes, I AM nuts about nuts, starting back in 1965 when my parents would leave on base (Evreux-Fauville AFB) every morning so I could play the organ at both 9am and 12pm masses.  They’d give me 35 cents–just enough for a 15 cent bag of peanuts, a 10 cent coke, and a 10 cent Archie […]

Warm Spiced Pecans with Rum Glaze

Makes about 2 cups . 2 cups raw pecan halves (8 ounces) Warm Spice Mix 2 tablespoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice Rum Glaze 1 tablespoon rum, preferably dark 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon light or dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon unsalted […]

Soy Glazed Walnuts

2 c. raw walnut halves ¼ c. soy sauce 1 T. unsalted butter, melted 2 T. sugar 1. Preheat the oven to 225.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss until the nuts are well coated. 3. Transfer the nuts to the prepared sheet […]

Cumin-Chili Pecans

1 large egg white ½ t. ground cumin ½ t. chili powder ¼ t. ground ginger ¼ t. ground cinnamon ¼ t. cayenne pepper 1 t. kosher salt 2 c. raw pecan halves 2 T. sugar. 1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Place the egg white […]

Cajun Pecans

2 c. lightly toasted pecan halves 1 T. Worcestershire sauce ½ t. Tabasco sauce ¾ t. ground cumin ½ t. sweet paprika ½ t. garlic powder 2 t. kosher salt 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss […]

Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Makes about 6 cups Nonstick vegetable oil spray 5 T. unsalted butter ½ cup, packed, golden brown sugar ¼ c. water 1 T. chili powder 1 ½ t. salt 1 t. ground cumin 1 t. dried oregano ½ t. ground black pepper ¼ t. cayenne pepper 2 c. walnut halves 2 c. pecan halves 2 […]