12 Days of Recipes: Spiced Nuts

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The countdown has begun. It’s officially that time of year when I convince myself that a slab of dark fruitcake is akin to a power bar, and thus a perfectly acceptable breakfast. (Note to self: make dark fruitcake.) That said, I do try to offset the copious amounts of shortbread and salted caramel with healthy stuff, like nuts. Spiced nuts taste (almost) as Christmassy to me as anything (nearly), and when charged with coming up with recipes to use some of the small appliances they have at London Drugs, all I could think about the T-falActifry, beyond the obvious curiousness about its ability to cook a batch of fries using only a spoonful of oil (it works!) is I BET THAT COULD DO ROASTED NUTS.

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Never mind chestnuts roasting on an open fire – who can find chestnuts, anyway? – how about spiced nuts roasting as a metal arm gently churns them, something I’m unable to effectively do at the stove, thus my reputation for burning hundreds of dollars’ worth of nuts every year?

You toss the lot into the top of the Actifry and turn it on, and let them gently roast as the machine evenly distributes the spices and acts like a giant electric potpourri. As it turns out, you can’t do deep fried things in it, but it apparently makes a mean chicken wing, and of course the aforementioned French fries. Which are perfect for – ahem – turkey dinner poutine. Oh yes.


Of course you could as easily do these in the oven – something I’ve been doing for years. But. This time I have an actual T-fal Actifry sitting in my front hallway, generously supplied by London Drugs to give away to one of you! I hate to limit this one to Calgary only, but it would be a monster to ship, and I’m already feeling sorry for all the overworked delivery people at this time of year.

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Spiced nuts are of course great to have a stash of on hand for parties and gift-giving; I like to have a jar on the shelf to chop and scatter on salads, too. The recipe doubles or triples easily if you want a larger batch. You can make them now and keep them to nibble throughout December.

To enter to win this fab Actifry, leave a comment here! Let us know what you’re cooking up this weekend, or whether you’re leaving that up to someone else and going out.

Spiced Nuts 1
Spiced Nuts 1

Spiced Nuts

Recipe link


November 29, 2013

  • Makes: Makes about 2 cups.


2 Tbsp. canola or olive oil or melted butter

1 garlic clove, peeled

2 cups unsalted mixed nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, cashews and almonds

2 tsp. flaky sea salt (or to taste)

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. cinnamon


1Preheat oven to 325°F.

2Pour the oil into a small ramekin and add the garlic; swish it around and set aside for a few minutes, then remove the garlic clove.

3In a medium bowl, toss the nuts with the garlicky oil and spices until well coated.

4Spread the nuts out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until fragrant and golden. Alternatively, cook in the Actifry until golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool completely.

Makes: Makes about 2 cups.

* This post was generously sponsored by London Drugs as part of their #LDHoliday campaign, but the words and thoughts are my own. Thanks, London Drugs!


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154 comments on “12 Days of Recipes: Spiced Nuts

  1. Ashleigh
    November 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I’ll be making caramel cookies for the first time from a recipe given to us by the kind people at L’Ecole in NYC!

    Love to try your spiced nuts recipe, too!

  2. Heather Mitchell
    November 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    These look so good, I’d like to be making these nuts, but I think it’s safe to say I’ll be making your banana bread. :)

  3. Erin Q.
    November 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    What a great idea!

    That spiced nuts recipe looks awesome.

    There’s a recipe for bacon jam in the new Martha Stewart magazine that I think I’ll make as a gift for colleagues – think I’ll cook up a sample batch this weekend.

  4. Linda xavier
    November 29, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Looking forward to making some hearty beef stew with some garlic cheddar biscuits!

  5. PeggySue Moffatt
    November 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    If I had an Actifry, I’d be whipping up some wings… but I don’t, so chinese it is! :)

  6. Michelle
    November 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I’ll be making my version of chipotles burrito bowl with cilantro lime rice…yum!

  7. CathyH
    November 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    This is brilliant! I always make the Best of Bridge Spiced nuts. I hope someone deserving wins, as I will be in sunny California for Christmas!

  8. Kerry Bennett
    November 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I keep trying to win! I am actually whipping up a secret batch of gluten free wings, so this just seems appropriate. Ten varieties on the horizon for Sunday night. Here’s hoping :)

  9. Kim
    November 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    The spiced nuts recipe sounds delicious!

  10. Shelley S.
    November 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Wow. These nuts look wonderful. Great addition to the Christmas snack table. I’m hoping to both cook and go out this weekend. Making Hubert Kellers, smoked salmon cones for sure (not sure what else).

  11. Sherry Gross
    November 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Julie love your blog. This weekend I hope to start a few batches of cookies and possibly start gifts for the neighbors. Would love to win the actifry as I hear they are fabulous and even heathy!!

  12. Sherry K
    November 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I am going to try to replicate a greek salad with shrimp that I had at a restaurant recently.

  13. Sue Kendall
    November 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    OK, I was going to say that I will be Christmas baking this weekend. And making homemade chips and greek yoghurt dip…but now that I have seen your Spiced Nuts recipe I am adding that to the list. and potentially that turkey dinner poutine……

  14. CathyH
    November 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    This is brilliant. I always make the Best of Bridge Spiced Nuts, everyone loves it as a gift. I hope someone deserving wins this.

  15. Debbie L
    November 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Who doesn’t love spiced nuts?!

  16. Mary K
    November 29, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Christmas baking time!

  17. Jaime
    November 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Kale chips are on the menu for the weekend!

  18. Sarah K
    November 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I was just reading about how much Oprah loves the actifry 20 minutes ago. She didn’t mention that you could make spiced nuts with it though. Or the poutine.

  19. Jeremy
    November 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Making this on the weekend!

  20. Leslie Brooks
    November 29, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I’m making a turkey and everyone else is bringing the sides!

  21. tara
    November 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    This weekend my son has asked for some kind of poutine with bacon. Guess it’ll be his creation!!

  22. NurseJennifer
    November 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    This weekend I am making meatloaf. My Mother’s recipe which always reminds me of winter weekends. I think I will also make my baking for my annual bake exchange. Just have to figure out which cookie to make many dozens of.

  23. Melanie Paulson
    November 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Ooh, spiced nuts sound divine. This weekend it’s a test batch of ganache filled chocolate stout cupcakes

  24. Renee
    November 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I’ve always wondered how well the Actifry performs. Fries (mmmm Poutine, chicken wings!!).

    As for dinner perhaps I will make slow roasted pork shoulder with Apple gravy.

  25. krista
    November 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Baked apple cinnamon donut holes!

  26. Julie Fong
    November 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I am planning on cooking a Singaporean dish called Hainese Chicken rice. I had it in Toronto over the summer and had to recreate it when I got back home. (Although, if i had an actifry, I’d just make poutine) :)

  27. Jo-Ann J
    November 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I am planning on making pizza using the 18 hour dough recipies. And if I win an acti fryer I am going to try your poutine recipie.

  28. S.k.
    November 29, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I wish I was making that turkey poutine!!! But this weekend is full of parties so we will be eating out!

  29. Silvi
    November 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Made your Coconut Chocolate scones today, YUM!!! and planning some turkey chili for the weekend. If I win the Actifryer, poutine is on the menu!

  30. Crystal
    November 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Going out for my birthday.

  31. Dorte
    November 29, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I’m going to try the spiced nut even if I don’t win.

  32. Yvonne
    November 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I am making another soup (Perhaps Italian Wedding Soup)in the 100-days-of-soup that I have challenged myself to way back in September. I have a few items of Christmas baking to make as well.

  33. Vincci
    November 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Best use of ActiFry EVER! I am being lazy this weekend and going out… B. is making us Japanese curry right now!

  34. Kara Moore
    November 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Must make those nuts!!!

  35. Rosaline
    November 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Korean tacos from cooking light is on the menu for us, and it sounds like Sunday calls for a big pot of soup simmering

  36. Leanna Mohan
    November 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I’m cooking nuts and bolts!

  37. Erin
    November 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    These look delicious! This weekend I’m going to make a yummy butternut squash soup. :)

  38. Ev
    November 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Today, I made a batch of baked egg rolls. Tomorrow, gyoza. That will be a first for me.

  39. Ev
    November 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Today I made a batch of baked egg rolls. Tomorrow, gyoza. That will be a first for me.

  40. Nanica Brown
    November 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    So many things I’d like to make. Christmas baking is first on list. My hubby would like poutine though.

  41. Miss V
    November 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    No cooking this weekend… But instead making my baking shopping list for next week!
    The nuts look yummy!

  42. Barb Bamber
    November 29, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I love to make my own trail mix and just bake mine.. I’d forgotten about that recipe so I will have to make that this weekend… but it would sure be easier with an Actifry:D

  43. tricia
    November 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    A friend just gave a whipped shortbread recipe to try, and some peppermint meringues!! Yum!!

  44. Dianne
    November 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    This weekend is finally the time for me to make the dark fruitcake, a heritage recipe dating back at least 70 years – and yes, I’ll do some of the spiced nuts too. I’ll check out the Actifry – haven’t seen it before.

  45. Bettyc
    November 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I feel your pain on the burned nuts… having an appliance that just keeps stirring would be amazing!

  46. Cindy
    November 29, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    OMG spiced nuts in an Actifry sounds genius! Been eying Actifry and trying to justify one…

  47. Mary
    November 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    No cooking, on call all weekend. Would love to try the actifry!

  48. Lyn
    November 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    My parents are cooking on Sunday and tomorrow I am making sticky chicken and quinoa Mac and cheese.

  49. Bonnie White
    November 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I’m on my second acti-fry. Have given then as gifts. Love them. I’ve tried fries, ribs, chicken wings all with excellent results. Now will try the spice nuts. Great idea.

  50. Janet
    November 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I am hoping to make regular and gluten free whipped shortbread with my kids and attempting my moms gumdrop cake (with gumdrops mailed from NB) again and hoping this time it turns out as moist as hers! Love you idea of nuts in the acti-fry. I have heard wings are amazing in it. We also love your blog at our house!

  51. Jan
    November 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Something with the ratatouille from Smitten Kitchen http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/07/rat-a-too-ee-for-you-ee/ the photos don’t do it justice!
    Thanks for all you great ideas Julie.

  52. Jackie H
    November 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I’m going to tackle a beef brisket for the 1st time, wish me luck!

  53. Sheri
    November 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I’m heading out to a party this weekend. On Sunday, it is my husband’s spaghetti. I would definitely be making your nut recipe for my party next month though with that new Actifryer.

  54. Nancy S
    November 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    No cooking this weekend!! Great idea of using the Acit-fry for nuts!

  55. Sarah Brazeau
    November 29, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    We’re out for lots of Christmas parties this weekend so I get a cooking free weekend for once! Looking forward to trying out the spiced nuts when I get my cook on next weekend though!

  56. Angela
    November 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    This weekend is shortbread baking weekend!

  57. Traci
    November 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I am snowed in at my cabin in BC so hope to do my Christmas baking. Ironically I have been researching the Actifry trying to decide if it needs a home in my kitchen….

  58. Rebby
    November 30, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I’m cooking up some Tandoori chicken, can’t wait!!

  59. Kelly Shoesmith
    November 30, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Thank you for all you do! I read you in Swerve , listen on CBC, and follow you on twitter (I’m teKNOWgrl -old gaming nickname). You have inspired many tasty family dinners. Perhaps I’ll do your pulled pork this weekend, with a side of fries :)

  60. CarrieM
    November 30, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I’m making salted caramels and might just have to spice up some nuts! I’d love to try them out in the Actifry!

  61. Deb
    November 30, 2013 at 3:07 am

    OMG I am positively lusting after one of these. I bet it would do great nuts and bolts too. What am I cooking? Boring dinners but making a bunch of cookie dough for the freezer so that when company comes we can bake and decorate cookies.

  62. Lorraine
    November 30, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I am making Whipped Shortbread this weekend. #Actifry

  63. Trinh
    November 30, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I always wondered how things turn out using this gadget. I was looking for a spiced nut that didn’t have any sugar. Looks like this will do the trick, thanks!!

  64. Kathy
    November 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Hi Julie! love your blog and twitter posts!
    So I started some holiday baking this weekend by helping a friend make hundreds of soet (?) cookies – a South African cookie kind of like gingerbread (but not). And with a sick little boy at home, I’m thinking some chicken soup is likely in order. Not really an exciting food weekend in our house…
    Have a good one!

  65. Sarah Deveau
    November 30, 2013 at 7:41 am

    We’re having our annual Christmas open house this weekend, so I’m cooking up a storm of appies. I did a lot of baking last weekend and that’s all in the freezer waiting to be pulled out!

  66. mar
    November 30, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Bacon jam. Your recipe.

  67. liwi
    November 30, 2013 at 7:58 am

    My little chickadees (nieces)are coming over tomorrow, so I will be making an orange chicken recipe from an ol Better Homes and Garden cookbook, as well as another of their favorites, yogurt and chocolate…from you a few years ago. Last night they were over again and they made their own homemade pizzas…but perfered them cold. Sensing a late night munchy pair in the making!!

  68. Laura
    November 30, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Today is the start of Christmas baking have to get it done in the next three weeks. Cookies, squares, nuts and bolts, mince tarts, butter tarts and more. Have 3 different batches of cookies done. Have neighbourhood secret Santa gift packages to do yet. Love this time of year.

  69. Krista
    November 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Those nuts look fantastic. Now an actifry is on my wish list.!

  70. Kristi A.
    November 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I am hoping to make chocolate almond glitter balls from Canadian Living to enjoy while we decorate the tree. I do not live in Calgary, but my mom-in-law does, and we will see her at Christmas :) I would love to win!

  71. linda
    November 30, 2013 at 9:01 am

    meatloaf on Sunday

  72. Brooke
    November 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Oh my gosh this sounds awesome. You always make me hungry!

  73. Jill
    November 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Going to try out a BBQ braised beef short rib recipe! Haven’t had much luck with the ribs so… Luck please!

  74. Diane
    November 30, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Fruitcake? Check. Mincemeat? Done. Grand plans for a gingerbread house? Okay. Spiced nuts are always the gift for my father and father-in-law and are the perfect snack when baking all day!

  75. Merry120
    November 30, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Loved these spiced nuts when I tried them last week. YUM! Not sure what is on the menu this weekend. I went on a date with my hubby last night and have a party to go to tonight so if I cook it will be on Sunday.

  76. Parry
    November 30, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I get to eat at a party this weekend, but would love to Actifry next week!

  77. MelJ
    November 30, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I’m making cake batter chocolate chip cookies!

  78. Rebecca
    November 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Hi Julie :)
    This morning we made a batch of soft pretzels that turned out so ugly (made by 4-11 year olds) that they’re beautiful. Good thing they’re delicious! We also tried a new all-spelt flour and coconut oil/coconut milk/coconut sugar muffin recipe that failed miserably. So I bashed them up, mixed in some all-purpose flour, a couple of eggs and some water and dumped the whole mess into a bundt pan. Hoping I’ll end with some sort of banana bread-type cakeiness. I cannot let it go!

  79. Barb
    November 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I don’t know yet. On my way to the grocery store!

  80. Andrea
    November 30, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I’ve always wanted to try one of those things. This weekend, I will probably be making gluten free apple crumble. And maybe GF banana muffins.

  81. Jennifer
    November 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I’ve had my eye on the Actifry for a while, looks awesome! While I’m at work, Hubby is cooking a turkey dinner…what a nice treat to go home to!

  82. jacquelynn
    November 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

    mmmmm, i agree that something about nuts baking (or actifry-ing!) smells a whole lot like christmas! would be cool to try the actifry sometime!

  83. Lisa B
    November 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Making your beef sweet potato curry recipe tonight then going out with friends. Love the idea of crispy wings in the actifry.

  84. Mimi
    November 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Making sweet and sour spareribs!

  85. Nicole
    November 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Going to get started on Xmas baking. Maybe some fruitcake cookies and white chocolate peppermint popcorn.

  86. paulywog
    November 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Spiced nuts are my favourite along with fries of course and they can be both made with the active-fry, sign me up for that contest.

  87. Lisa
    November 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I will be making that roll cake you posted a while ago

  88. Lisa
    November 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Whipped shortbread from the ever reliable Best of Bridge series is cooling; Goody Bars from House and Home in the oven; and am contemplating a batch of our favourite Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch found on your website!

  89. Annalise
    November 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I’m making cheese grits this weekend!

  90. Cynthia
    November 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Having a Julie Van christmas. Yesterday’s swerve mags appetizers, spiced nuts, homemade vanilla. Prepping for a Christmas party and fixing to make many of the Julie Vans 12 days of Christmas!

  91. Gherkin
    November 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    It looks like I am making spiced nuts this weekend! They sound lush!

  92. Danielle
    November 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Tonight is chicken burgers and parsnip fries before a movie on the couch.

  93. Fareen
    November 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Hoping to get some thai take out this weekend. Would love to win the Acti-fry!

  94. Sylva Nathanson
    November 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I’m in the middle of making white chocolate peppermint bark. I package it up nicely and give it to friends as a Christmas gift.

  95. Kathy
    November 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Tonight I made butternut squash soup for dinner and lunches this week. Hope to get some baking done on Sunday, thinking white chocolate and cranberry sugar cookies. I love making spiced and roasted nuts for hostess gifts during the holidays!

  96. Brenda
    November 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Made a batch of peanut butter cookies. Yummy!

  97. Ronnie
    November 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Just heading out for dinner. But I do cook and definitely need another kitchen appliance! Love your recipes – my “go-to” site.

  98. Dm
    November 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Making spiced nuts in our actifry right now. We cook whatever we can in it. Teenagers can’t live without it. If you have been on the fence, well worth it.

  99. Amy
    November 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Going to my parents for supper tomorrow. But have heard great things about the actifry and would love to win one!

  100. Amy
    November 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Going to my parents for supper tomorrow! But have heard great things about the actifry and would love to win one. And I’m in Calgary!

  101. Janice
    November 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Yummy! I bet you could do a chex mix in there as well!

  102. Sarah
    November 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I’m making your Holiday Fruit Compote to get started on my christmas baking, and a batch of lentil wild rice salad for weekday lunches. and yes, dark fruitcake too!

  103. the other Al
    December 1, 2013 at 1:28 am

    well I had a very special guest over this weekend(wink) and we had souvlaki, greek salad, roasted beet and feta salad and a sunday bar for desert!

  104. Mary
    December 1, 2013 at 2:40 am

    We made delicious “Dirty Risotto” Friday and Saturday we hosted friends and made pizza. Turned out great.

  105. Lisa H
    December 1, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I’m making chicken noodle soup for my poor sick kidlet, but I have your DIY vanilla “steeping” away, so I’ll be making some wicked treats soon!

  106. Brenda M
    December 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Spiced nuts are wonderful and I can’t wait to try this version of them. And my old deep fryer, just can’t be cleaned properly anymore, ew! I would love to have an Actifry — I’m in Calgary and a big London Drugs fan too!

  107. Susy Cote
    December 1, 2013 at 10:13 am

    We made Penne Carbonara for dinner and today I’m using the last of my garden’s beets to make a beet and carrot salad! Calgary resident…

  108. Barb
    December 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    LOL I did not consider fruit cake to be akin to a power bar! Why not?! I have some ready to go for tomorrow morning! Leave me out of the draw Julie, I don’t live in Calgary.

  109. Karen
    December 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Chicken Marsala – quick, simple and yummy.

  110. Pat
    December 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Making dark friuitcake with your posted fanny farmer recipe during tomorrow’s blizzard. Would love to be making wing, spiced nuts, French fries and wings with an actrify!! Must check it out!!.

  111. Vivian
    December 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Not in Calgary, but would drive down from Edmonton if I won the Actifry! I’d get to finally meet you and bonus…visit with friends I’ve not seen for several years. Other friends rave about this appliance so I would really like to give it a try.

  112. Amy
    December 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    We just made Michael Smith’s bacon and kale salad (100 Favourite Easy cookbook). My children just ate kale?!?! Amazing!

  113. Wanda
    December 1, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    My son had a hockey tournament in Seattle…..so we ate out all weekend.

  114. Rebecca
    December 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    This weekend I made a few yummy things – I made salmon using our CSF salmon from Skipper Otto (love those guys!). The salmon dish is so simple and quick – mayo, garlic, lemon zest, red pepper flakes plus dill – stir sauce together and cover the salmon. Bake for 15 mins – so easy! Also whipped up a triple batch of Burbon Blondies from the Rolling Spoon website for a Fillipino Fundraiser bake sale next weekend. Again, love these because they are so easy to make but taste amazing! Lastly, I made tortilla pizzas for my hubby and kids last night before I went out for supper with my girlfriends. As much as I like to cook, I sure like having dinner out with friends ????

  115. Sheila
    December 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    It was a party weekend with others hosting. I did make some delicious baked brie to take along with me.

  116. Cathy
    December 2, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I didn’t do much cooking this weekend, I had to come in to work all weekend, but if you count making peppermint hot chocolate with a liberal amount of Baileys as cooking, then I’m golden!!

  117. Brie
    December 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Spent the weekend in the mountains so no cooking for us, but whipping up a big batch of butternut squash soup today to help us make it through snow-mageddon! 😀

  118. Lori
    December 2, 2013 at 8:52 am

    We too enjoyed a party weekend with others hosting so NO cooking at home :-) Enjoyed pizza twice! (Famoso on Friday and Without Papers after Hitmen Teddy Bear toss on Sunday.) Dinner at friends on Saturday included slow cooker shredded pork for Vietnamese banh mi….so good! Will be making this myself very soon.

  119. hdw
    December 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I am making shortcut stroganoff!

  120. Melanie
    December 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Made some pesto pasta this weekend – had delicious basil from the Italian store to use up. In my mind – it was summertime again!

  121. Shelley S
    December 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I planned to make some shortbread …but forgot I was out of butter so I sadly made nothing. This will be the week

  122. Jaya
    December 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Julie, those nuts look awesome! My husband would be happy with just a bit gift wrapped container of this! For dinner, we contributed pear crisp with pumpkin seed/oat topping to a potluck party!

  123. Amy c.
    December 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This weekend I made a whole bunch of baking! Made butter tarts, honeyed almond tassies, and I’m starting the dough for my ice box cookies tonight. whew. Still have nuts and bolts to make too :)

  124. Jake
    December 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Hi Julie,

    We made two kinds of old school, lower east side potato knish (huge craving since a mid September NYC getaway) and roasted butternut squash soup. Potato and slow cooked onion knish and potato/mushroom/thyme ones. Baseball size like Yonah Schimmel’s.

    Turkey dinner poutine! Nice!!!!


  125. Shelley
    December 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I made green curry mussels….but no frites! Love the idea of the spiced nuts for all the company this season.

  126. Gineva
    December 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I made some bean soup, and have been baking up a storm! I have been coveting this deep fryer for a long time!

  127. Kirsty Knudson
    December 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    This looks like a neat toy! Usually I do nuts in the oven but this would be cool.
    This weekend I cooked up some nut brittle – but it was a bust. :(

  128. Jane
    December 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    We had a American thanksgiving dinner because I have 3 American in law children.Very special!

  129. judy
    December 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    This weekend we cooked heavenly apple cinnamon buns from scratch, meat loaf and had an extravaganza with brown buttered mashed potatoes and cauliflower.
    Today I made harvest roast chicken with grapes, olives and rosemary a la smitten kitchen.
    The house smells divine but there is always room for fries and spiced nuts!!

    Here’s hoping…thanks for the opportunity Julie


  130. Donna
    December 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    it is hard to believe it is December already.
    Baking starts later this week —-Shortbread, light fruit cake, and nuts

  131. Karen S
    December 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    We had pork loin dinner for 20, celebrating my daughters confirmation.

  132. Julie V
    December 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Looks for a good baking weekend; keeping the house warm as an added benefit. Thanks for the opportunity!

  133. S Y Chase
    December 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    It’s been soooo cold out – I’m going to make a Beef Stew in my slow Cooker and a couple loaves of Pumpkin Cheesecake Loaves!

  134. Sujata
    December 4, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Love spiced nuts (actually all things nuts) at Christmas time (or anytime). I make peanut brittle or nut wreaths each year and give away pounds for Christmas. This would be a nice alternative.

  135. Randi
    December 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I didn’t bake anything last weekend as I was working.
    However, this weekend I am making your Rosemary Pecan Crisps (they were just featured on Kitchn!). Will be great for gifting and bringing out a gatherings.

  136. Chris
    December 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I got the weekend off from cooking as my husband was home and he took over! It’s always a treat.
    I’ve looked at the Acti-Fry and have wondered about it. It looks like it could be a great addition!
    Time to start Christmas baking: White Velvet Cut-outs (sugar cookies with cream cheese in the dough) top the list).

  137. Betty B
    December 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Simply love your blog and recipes – thanks for sharing your passion. Starting the Christmas baking this weekend with some spritz cookies.

  138. rose
    December 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Can’t wait to try out the spiced nuts for Christmas gifts. Now….. an Acti-Fry would help! Thank you for this lovely recipe.

  139. Keith
    December 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

    My wife desperately wants an actifry – hope I win it (as I leave the cooking up to her, the way she insists).

  140. Erin B
    December 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Hey Julie,
    just wanted to send you a quick tip re. chestnuts… the Italian store next to Scarpone’s always has big bags of fresh unpeeled/roasted chestnuts at this time of year. Roasting them can be a bit tricky, you cut an x across them so the peel splits when they are roasting and then you have to cook them the perfect amount of time so that they are fully cooked but not incinerated. I still have not managed to get them perfect… if you figure out the perfect cooking time please post it :)

  141. Barb B in BC
    December 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I am making some Spanish inspired sloppy joes mixture for Sunday night when we will busy all day. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and your recipe for the spiced nuts.

  142. Irma
    December 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I am still planning out my baking…so Noodle Box to go it is!!!! These look amazing…as always Julie!!!! Xoxoxo

  143. Tara S
    December 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Sounded like a great plan. I rarely use my actifry for anything. But sadly, I had zero success with this method. The nuts burned in 12 minutes. Oh well.. try, try, again.

  144. KittyPride
    December 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    macaroni and cheese, I made the cheese sauce from scratch

  145. Jacquie
    December 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I hosted a fondue party this past weekend, complete with a chocolate fountain- in true holiday spirit!

  146. Brigitte
    December 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Will try your spiced nut recipe this weekend. Have made a recipe a few times, always seemed good, just time for a new one …
    And maybe an actifry would be great!

  147. Nancy Millar
    December 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    These look and sound great! I will be making them today, WITHOUT the help of a T-Fal Actifry. Sure would love to win 1!

  148. Kay
    December 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Julie: For your big fat information, the Wholesale Club carries chestnuts at less than a dollar per pound and they are delicious. ;>

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