Toasted Almonds and That’s All

I had almost forgotten how good plain toasted almonds were-no salt, no oil, nothing else.  In fact, I am munching on some and drinking my herb tea as I type this post.  Of course, I like the raw ones also, but there is something special about the taste and crunch of toasted ones.

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1,  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2.  Spread the almonds out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

3.  Toast until golden brown and aromatic, about 15-20 minutes.

4.  I then store mine in a jar with a tight-fitting lid on the countertop for quick snacking.

I don’t know if you are able to tell clearly or not, but the second picture is after the almonds are toasted.  Also, you can always dip them in melted chocolate and let cool for a sweet treat.

 

Pesto from Basil

I want to be specific that this pesto is made from basil, after discovering that one can make pesto from so many different things. I had a bumper crop of basil in my raised bed this year and decided to use most of it to make pesto. This is a recipe a good friend shared with me five years ago.
I also dried some basil by hanging the stems upside down in the attic (see picture).

PESTO
4 cups coarsely chopped sweet basil leaves
1 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup unsalted butter (optional)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
a dash of salt and pepper

Puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Use immediately, freeze or put the pesto in a glass jar and put in the refrigerator. If you put in in the refrigerator, pour a thin layer of olive oil on top of the pesto in the jar and screw the lid on. This will keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
This recipe makes about 1 1/2-2 cups.
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Try “Parched Peanuts”

Finding raw peanuts might be the hardest part of this little snack.  I get raw peanuts at a local country grocery store close to my house.  Preheat the oven to 450, and when it reaches that temperature turn it off and put the peanuts in.  Peanuts can be in a single layer or more.  When they get cool, they will be ready to shell and eat.  Growing up we called these “parched peanut.”  Hope you enjoy them.