While this recipe isn’t necessarily Christmas-y, here I am making it making it as part of a Christmas Gift Basket. Not surprising, most of the things that I give for Christmas (besides The Cookies … capital T, capital C) are food or food related. But this recipe would work just as well in the late summer when zucchini and rosemary are at their peak. While it is sweet, it’s almost border-line savory as well, so might go well with soups and stews as well as eggs and bacon for breakfast.
Looking for a few ideas for homemade stocking stuffers? You’ve come to the right place. Here is the first of a few, my twist on your standard holiday roasted nuts. Mine have maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and as a twist, chipotle powder and sea salt so there is a nice savory and spicy kick. Any nuts will do, but I’ve found I really like the combination of cashews, pecans and almonds. Recipe makes about 4 “stocking stuffer” appropriate sized portions. Yum!
In all the years of having this year website, I can’t believe that I haven’t posted my Obatzda recipe. What is Obatzda? It’s a very Bavarian cheese spread (similar to pub cheese), served with pretzels (brezn) or bread, and accompanied often by radishes (radi), red onions, and other things like gherkins and cherry tomatoes and so on. There is no *one* recipe for obatzda and certainly no right or wrong recipe. Some people add a bit of horseradish, some people a few tablespoons of beer. If you can’t find quark, some people use cream cheese mixed with a bit of sour cream. All work well.
It’s Summertime. Biergärten. Beer, obatzda and brezn. What I miss about Munich.
Whoo hoo! Tomatoes from my own urban garden. The influx has started and I think that I will be more than all set for toms for the rest of the summer. And they were delicious!
I know that a lot of people associated roasted nuts more as a winter thing, but I had an urge to make some, and figured they go just as well with a couple of beers on the back porch as they do at Christmas time. These are smokey and sweet, and not too spicy. Just enough to keep you thirsty — and grabbing a few more — but not overly hot, salty or sweet to any extreme. Try ‘am, you’ll like ’em.
PS: you can use any combination of nuts that you like. I particularly like this combo and ratio, but whatever floats your boat.