Candied Nut Treats!

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Happy Halloween!  It has been a great start to the holiday fun.  I am still pecking away at the computer but, only 2 more weeks in a cast!  Thanks for all the thoughtful notes of recovery! G&H has great new help and we are excited about the upcoming parties.  Weekends are filling up fast so please call ASAP if you need help for your party.  (The first two weeks in December are already booked!)  We will be getting our baskets and Spicy Candied Nuts ready for shipment in the next few weeks for teachers, family, friends, and for yourself! I love this time of year!  It’s so great giving great gifts to others and ourselves!

Today I am working on new spices for the candied nuts.  I want it sweet but with a bit of a kick.  Try your own batch with different spices you may like.  Here is what I came up with and they are fabulous~ (We still have our original nuts too) 🙂

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon hot paprika

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Zest of one lemon

2 cups walnut

1 egg white

Recipe

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix spices,lemon zest and sugar in a small mixing bowl.  In another medium bowl, stir egg whites, then add walnuts.  When your walnuts are coated with the egg whites, add the sugar/spice mixture.  All of your nuts should be well coated.

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Bake for 30-35 minutes, mixing halfway through.  The nuts will be dry to touch when cool and not sticky.

Have fun with all the ghosts, goblins or little lady bugs!

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Oh, So Graceful

Well, I have gracefully done it again.  As I peck away at my computer, cast around my right hand, I am feeling a little more optimistic than yesterday.  I fell down a flight of stairs and broke my right hand.  I cant even say I was having a wild and crazy night of table dancing.  No lifting, no cutting or chopping, no wrapping, no writing, no pony-tail making, no yoga, no stirring, no use with this right hand for 6 weeks.  As the Doctor says, I am lucky the bones didn’t shift.  If they do, I need surgery to pin them together. That sounds promising…

I have got to think outside of the box and I have to learn to ask for help.  I think I am pretty good with the first but terrible with the later.  I despise feeling like a burden on anyone.  And right now, this hand is burdening me.  I have had to think a lot of what I am grateful for… yes, the bones didn’t shift and I don’t have or know of anyone with Ebola.

Onward we march!

Lets work on the yummy biscuit recipe I brought back from France.  First of all, 100 grams is equivalent to about 1 teaspoon, so that isn’t correct on Petit Pavot Biscuit.  What is correct is that the cheese, flour and butter are equal measurements.

I used 2 egg yolks with 2 cups butter, 2 cups cake flour and 2 cups parmesan cheese and a tablespoon poppy seeds.  They are very flakey. The taste, however, is still just as delicious here in the states as it was in France. I may add another egg yolk to see if they will hold together a bit better.

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Since I am handicap at the moment, instead of mixing with my hands, I put the flour, frozen butter, and cheese in a food processor and blended until course.  I then blended in the egg yolk into the same bowl.  I laid it all out on a floured surface and pressed into a flat disk about an a half-inch thick.  I sprinkled the poppy seeds over the dough while pressing.  Lastly, I cookie cut out circles and baked for 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown.  These would be so good with bacon or ham pieces in them…just say’n.

Take very good care of yourselves and be careful until next time we chat!  It is dangerous out there!  Cheers!