Happy Holidays from our home to yours! Wherever you are, whatever you are celebrating, whomever you are celebrating with, we hope that this time of year is a time of rest and respite for you and yours, and that these final days of 2014 are filled with love, laughter and good food (of course!) for you and yours, and that you are gearing up for a splendid 2015! Oh, and in the event you’re running out of gift ideas, we’re going to give you our favorite rosemary nuts recipe.

Before we do that: If you’ve procrastinated on shopping like we so often do, you still have time to take a gander at all the awesome gift-guides out there by friends of ours. [IMPORTANT NOTE: If you shop on Amazon, please pretty please sign up for Amazon Smile. It’s of no cost to you, and it greatly benefits the charity of your choice. All you have to do is shop like you normally do, and Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to your selected organization…and that all adds up! Don’t have a charity of choice? May we suggest The Giving Kitchen Initiative and Camp Sunshine (Decatur, GA). So before you do the rest of you Amazon shopping, go on and set up your account to benefit some awesome cause, okay?] Okay, sorry for that brief philanthropical tangent. If you’re still in need of some ideas, of course we don’t think you can ever go wrong with any one of the hundreds of Paleo cookbooks on the market (like ours!)…or some fancy kitchen goodies like these

instacart is totally paleo

We are HUGE fans of Instacart!

or this year I’m thinking of giving everyone I know an Instacart gift certificate (groceries from Whole Foods, Costco and others delivered within the hour to my door? Awesomeness. Check to see if Instacart is in your market yet!).

Sadly, we didn’t get our act together enough this year to give you awesome gift-giving ideas, so thankfully folks like Nom Nom Paleo (Michelle), Grass Fed Girl (Caitlin), Rubies and Radishes (Arsy), Against All Grain (Danielle), Paleo Parents (Stacy and Matt), Real Food Liz (Liz) and so many others have some fantastic suggestions to keep you on the right path with your gift-giving selections! Go on and see what they have to say!

However, we do have a gift of sorts for you. These rosemary nuts are the perfect last-minute food gift you can make for friends and family near and far – especially those who may be cookied out! This recipe is incredibly quick & easy, and you can easily package up them in festive tins or boxes…or one year my local craft store had some mini ceramic dishes that I filled with these rosemary nuts, wrapped in cellophane bags, and tied up with raffia. Include a copy of the recipe, as we know from experience that people will be asking for it! This nut mixture is a great one to have on hand for those in your household who might need some munching!

From our home to yours, we wish you much health, happiness, light and love throughout the holiday season and on into 2015!

Preparation 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 0:15

Back when I would help out in the kitchen at Sur La Table in Los Angeles, we once made this rosemary-nut mixture for a cooking class, and I recall all of us devouring it. I believe the recipe originated from the Union Square Cafe, if I’m not mistaken. I’ve since made these nuts countless times, and they are the perfect snacking food to have sitting around in small bowls at parties. Just be careful—it’s very easy to eat far too many of these in one sitting!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound unsalted nuts of your choice (cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar (optional)
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the nuts on a sheet pan and toast for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile,in a small skillet,heat the ghee or coconut oil over medium heat. Add the rosemary, sugar, salt and cayenne and cook until the flavors are well incorporated and the ghee has melted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Pour the nuts in a medium bowl and add the ghee mixture, stirring until the nuts are completely coated.

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Recipe Notes

Want your nuts to have more of a kick? Add more cayenne pepper, or try some chipotle powder or ancho chili powder.


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