Category Archives: Quick Tips

Brown Sugar Pecans

Who doesn’t love that sugary vanilla smell wafting through the baseball stadium?  And who would ever think that it came from the sugared nut stand?  Well here is a great recipe for you to try at home in the offseason, and if you don’t like nuts, it will still make your house smell amazing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • About 2 cups of your favorite type of nut, or why not try a mix!

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, cloves in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, beat the egg, water, and vanilla.  Add your nuts to the wet ingredients bowl and stir them around so they are well coated.  Next, transfer your nuts to the dry ingredients bowl.  You may want to mix your dry ingredients in a bag so you can just shake the nuts around.  This method makes less of a mess.  Transfer the mixture to a greased foil covered pan and spread out the nuts.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  You should keep a close eye on your sugared nuts because they are quite easy to burn, especially pecans.  You should check the even every 10 minutes or so and stir up the mixture.

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Waste Not!

Isn’t it such a pain when you open a bag of bread and it’s moldy?  I hate wasting food so this is especially irritating to me.  Well fear not!  Here is a fantastic way to get a few more days out of your loaf: make CROUTONS!  Homemade croutons are the best.  You can season them any way you like and make them just as crispy or soft as you desire.  First, cut the bread into cubes.  Any size works, I like to make them on the bigger side so they soak up a ton of flavor.  I used leftover Ciabatta bread, which is on the firmer side, so it is easier to make bigger cubes that stay intact.  I also tried to scrape off the little mold spots because personally, blue fuzz on my food grosses me out.  Once you have cubed your bread, let it dry up in the open air for a few hours so the pieces are not so moist.  Next, toss the cubes with olive oil, just enough to cover the outside of the cubes.  If you completely saturate the cubes with oil they will not crisp properly.  Then, add your favorite seasonings.  I used a little garlic salt, pepper, and a touch of oregano.  Toss the mixture like a salad!  Finally, spread out the seasoned bread cubes on a foil covered baking pan and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Halfway through, stir up the croutons with a spoon.  And done!  Watch out, these croutons are so delicious you may find yourself snacking on them instead of putting them in your salad.