But I *can* follow simple recipes, and last year my sister-in-law, who always hosts Christmas with a dazzling display of gourmet food and stunning displays, served a nut mix that I just couldn't get enough of. And hey, it's nuts--a good for you food, packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Even with the seasoning, it's a better choice than baked goods filled with refined flour and sugar.
So this year, I asked her for the recipe, and I made huge batches to send to friends and family. It's both spicy and sweet, and--warning--highly addictive. I bought cute jars with chalkboard labels to package them in, and I sent them out to the people I won't be able to see over the holidays. Here's her recipe, in case you want to try it:
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2 T fresh coarsely chopped rosemary - luckily, I have a rosemary plant on my patio!
1/2 t cayenne pepper - use less or leave out if you're adverse to spicy
2 t dark brown sugar
2 t sea salt
1 T melted (unsalted) butter
Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Mix the remaining ingredients. Toss the nuts with the mixture in a large bowl.
Yes, that easy! Enjoy :)
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