This time of year, with all the holiday gatherings, seasonal spirit, and the bounty of blessings, it really is inevitable to feel overwhelmingly blessed and gifted.
Christmas lights, jolly jingles and harmonic melodies, spicy sweet and pleasantly pine aromas filling the air; all of these things – the spirit of the season – generosity – and the company of good people, make life worth living.
A classic introvert, I’ve never enjoyed large gatherings or parties. The external stimulation often leaves me feeling fatigued and anxious, as I empathically absorb all surrounding emotions – good or bad. It is downright exhausting.
However, this year, I’ve noticed a difference. As with so many other aspects of my life, I’ve embraced the opportunity to delight and enjoy in the company of others. The opportunity to converse, laugh, smile, and enjoy REAL life has become one of my favorite holiday traditions, to be continued into a daily (or maybe not so daily, but regular nonetheless) practice.
At a recent social gathering, a convening of some of the most gracious and party-hardy adults on earth, I was exposed to a great and supportive friend’s culinary musings. So simple – so savory – so sweet: So satiating and satisfying to have you as a part of my life, Pam (and Brian). Thank you.
– By the way, throughout the roasting process, your entire house will be fill with the savory smells of the season. Relish in the aroma and the flavor. It is all spectacular!
Seasonal Scented Nuts
2 c. pecans
2 c. almonds
2 c. walnuts
1/4 c. pure maple syrup
2 Tbs. melted Kerrygold butter
2 Tbs. finely minced mixed herbs, such as rosemary, sage, savory, and thyme**
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
**Substituting Herbs de Provence is perfectly convenient
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, toss the nuts with maple syrup, melted butter, herbs, and cayenne. Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Season with wonderfully terrific sea salt and pepper. Toss frequently until cooled.
Try, just TRY not to eat these savory treats all at once!