One of the things we do while writing these columns, is research: an article here and there, recipes from a magazine, cooking shows-- all become possible information pipelines.
One of the articles we read recently was about having a Family Movie Night. Many of you probably do this already. When our children were little, renting videos, popping pop-corn and cozying up on the couch to watch the latest family entertainment, was the recipe for a great family night.
With children now grown, it is our grandchildren’s turn to orchestrate the evening. Patty has five grand-sons, so the movies tend to lean toward motorcycle, soccer and skate board documentaries!
Whatever the “entertainment”, food is a part of it, and grandchildren want to be a part of the food prep. One of the recipes we enjoy making together is Spiced Honey-Glazed Nuts. A great alternative to candy, these nuts are fun to make, and delicious to eat.
So gather the family around the TV screen, pop in the movie, and pass these delicious nuts around. Then let us know how you enjoyed the evening. We’d also love for you to share some of your family’s favorite movies—especially if it appeals to boys!
SPICED HONEY GLAZED NUTS
4 cups assorted unsalted roasted mixed nuts
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup light corn syrup
½ cup sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground hot red (cayenne) pepper (Optional if you are serving children)
Preheat over to 350 and place rack on center of oven
Spread nuts on a large rimmed baking sheet
Bake just until the nuts are warm to the touch, about 3 minutes and remove from the oven
Drizzle the nuts with honey and corn syrup; mix well
Continue baking, stirring often with an oiled spatula until the liquid has evaporated into a glaze, 10 to `12 minutes.
Mix sugar, salt, cumin, chili powder and red pepper in a large bowl.
Add the nuts and mix well to coat them with this spiced sugar
Transfer to a clean baking sheet and let cook
Nuts will crisp as they cool.
Nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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