Smoked Paprika Almonds

Win a Bag of Gary & Kit’s Smoked Paprika Almonds!

They come in three flavors–Sun-Dried Berry and Cherries with Roasted Almonds; Roasted Pistachios and Almonds Tossed with Rosemary; and Smoked Paprika Almonds–each made specifically to pair with one of their wines. You can’t get much easier for hors d’oeuvres or a cocktail party.

I especially like these Smoked Paprika Almonds. They’d be delicious served with a slice of Manchego, or chopped up and pressed into a log of goat cheese. Or, ooohhh, with chocolate. But I have a hard time saving them for anything but eating out of hand.

So here’s the deal. Normally, I’ll have a link here where you can go to the Weekly Giveaway group forum and sign up to win. But we’re having a bit of a glitch setting up new forums at the moment, so just leave a comment here to be entered to win (important: be sure you’re signed in to NOURISH Evolution so we can find you … or sign up, if you haven’t already–only members are eligible to win).

I’ll announce the winner in next Friday’s Friday Digest!

Good luck!

(NOTE: This contest is now closed)

Flash-Roasted Carrot Sticks with Cumin-Carrot Yogurt Sauce

Roasted carrots are a dinnertime staple, but this recipe spins them as more-ish finger-food appetizer or snack. The inherent sweetness of garden-fresh carrots is heightened by honey in this dish, and given a spicy kick from cayenne. Make the dip as spicy as you like with a little or a lot.


Noemi’s Remixed Party Mix

Use an extra-large roasting pan for this update on the classic Chex mix recipe, or split the party mix between two smaller ones. The more contact the mix has with the bottom of the pan, the more yummy, crispy, savory crusties there will be.


4 cups Barbara’s Multigrain Shredded Spoonfuls
4 cups Nature’s Path Organic Heritage Heirloom Whole Grain Bites
2 cups mini pretzel twists
2 cups Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons Canola oil
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Mix together cereals, pretzels and Cheddar Bunnies in a large roasting pan (or, if splitting it between two smaller roasting pans, a large mixing bowl).

In a small bowl, whisk together butter, oil, spices and salts.

Pour spiced oil mixture over cereal mixture and toss, thoroughly but gently, with your hands until every piece is coated somewhat evenly. Spread mixture evenly in roasting pan(s) and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, stirring with a spatula every 20 minutes.

Stores for several days in an air-tight container.

Makes 12 cups (24 servings)