For an addictive, crowd-pleasing snack that takes next to no time to master, turn to sweet and salty spiced nuts. Our wholesome, warming recipe for rosemary and sesame seed pecans is not only versatile, but also guaranteed to leave your house smelling like fragrant rosemary and pine. We love serving this cozy snack straight out of the oven, and it also doubles as a thoughtful hostess gift. Print out the recipe, and then watch the video to see more. On Brandi: Edward Avedis watch, Heather Gardner necklace
Love the texture and flavor of nuts? Then take the time to toast them before adding them to dishes. The difference between regular and toasted nuts is noticeable: a short period of high heat will release the oils within the nuts, enhancing the nutty flavor and the crunchy texture.
If you're toasting a small amount of nuts, a cup or so, use a pan on the stove over medium-high heat. There's no need to add oil to the pan, as the nuts have enough themselves. Be sure to stir them around frequently so they don't burn. If you plan to toast up a bunch of nuts, spread them evenly on a baking sheet and roast them at 350°F for about 15 to 20 minutes. Use your toasted nuts however you want, like tossed in a salad, or just enjoy them on their own. What nuts do you toast?
Getting to work on time is an ongoing struggle of mine, so I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to streamline my morning routine. Sometimes this means a quickly blitzed banana-almond smoothie, but most days I can't bear to part with my comfort food of choice, which puts me in a conundrum: how do I fit in the time to both simmer up and dig into a piping-hot bowl of oatmeal before I run out the door?
The solution quickly became apparent after my first taste of baked oatmeal. Don't get me wrong; it's not an exact analogue to a creamy bowl of traditional oaten porridge. It does, however, tick many of the same boxes: it's nearly infinitely adaptable, keeps tummy grumbles at bay for hours, and is, most importantly, delicious. Even better, it can be made ahead and doled out into a to-go container to enjoy at my desk cold, at room temperature, or piping hot, depending on my mood. All in all, a win!
For an easy appetizer guests are sure to go nuts for, whip up one of these extremely easy nut mixes for your next party. Tossed with ingredients that are both sweet and spicy, these mixes can hold their own but are equally impressive when paired with a cheese spread, olives, and (of course) a glass of wine.
Maple Pepper Pecans
Tropical Nut Mix
A bowl of whole shell-on walnut can be a beautiful part of a holiday spread, but the question arises: how to get at the nutmeats nestled inside? A nutcracker may be the most efficient way to go about this task, but there is another less conventional way to do it without tools, and it's a great party trick to boot.
Photo: Anna Monette Roberts
Place two walnuts in your palm. Find a ridge on one of the nuts and line it up with an indentation on the other, as if putting together two puzzle pieces (this keeps them locked together). Curl fingertips inward using firm pressure, as if trying to make a fist, until the ridged nut cracks open the other.
This holiday entertaining season, make certain to master at least one back-pocket appetizer — a treat so easy and low-stress that you can whip it up in a flash to fill out a menu, or have it on hand if guests will be unexpectedly popping over. I can tell you now, that these salty-piney-sweet nuts will be mine.
Crisp and crunchy, with a hit of breath-freshening rosemary these nuts are dangerous in the best way; I can't seem to stop at a small handful, much less one or two. I suspect you will feel the same way.
There is one important step you can take before cooking or eating your food raw, and that step is sprouting. Nuts, just like grains, seeds, and legumes, all start out with natural enzyme inhibitors that prevent them from premature sprouting. These handy little guards may extend the shelf life of your dry goods, but they also prolong the digestion process. By sprouting them yourself, you can control when you want to enjoy these foods and better absorb the nutrients from their tough exterior. Read on to find out how you can start sprouting by dinnertime.
Seeds can thoroughly sprout after a few days in a warm, moist climate. Most sprouting devotees lock their dry food of choice in a clean container filled with water to allow sprouting to occur overnight, literally.
Foods that can be sprouted include but are not limited to:
- Grains: Farro, barley, wheat, quinoa, and rice.
- Legumes: Lentils, peas, and garbanzo, pinto, and kidney beans.
- Seeds: Sunflower, radish, and broccoli.
- Nuts: Cashews, almonds, peanuts, and walnuts.
Nuts have always been a good source of protein, but because of their fat content, some dieters boycott the food. Although high quantities of any fat can become unhealthy, low amounts of the right kinds can improve your health and even slim your figure. Lucky for everyone, nuts are on the recommended list to boost your health. Read on to see why.
They contain good fats: Unlike saturated and trans fats that are found in fast food, nuts contain the beneficial kind of fats
Skip the fussy appetizers this holiday season and serve up one of these exceptionally easy nut mixes that can either be made ahead of time or whipped up in a flash before guests arrive. For a truly impressive yet quick-to-assemble spread, pair nuts with cheese, crostini, olives, and cured meats, or any combination of the above.