December 5

Update~~It is 1:11 and it is STILL ****ing.   It has got to stop!!!

Ok, ok, ok….so I was wrong yesterday.

That wasn’t ****.

This is, and as you can see, it is still coming down.

Last night the boy and I went to a food demonstration at my friend Shirley’s bulk food store.

These are a few of the foods that they had for sampling.

Today I want to talk about the Ginger Cashews and the Olive Pecan dip.

I have had ginger many times before, but generally when I have had it, it has been really overpowering to me, so I really didn’t want to try them. However, cashews are one of my favorite nuts, so I did. Wow! they were so good. The ginger wasn’t overpowering, and you could taste a hint of clove and cinnamon.

These would be great to serve at an open house, or a Christmas party.

Ginger Cashews

  • 2 c. cashews
  • 1 tbsp. minced or grated fresh ginger (you can use powdered, but use ½ the amount of dried or powdered)
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. garam masala Garam Masala is an Indian/Pakistani spice that has cinnamon, clove, bay, cumin, cardamom and pepper. Shirley has it, but I googled it and there are several places online that you can find it. I was surprised that Penzeys has it cheaper than amazon.

Preheat oven to 300º. Toss everything together in a bowl. Line your shallow baking pan with foil or parchment. Spread your nuts out and roast for 20 minutes or till golden brown. You will want to stir occasionally.

The Olive Pecan dip is another lovely appetizer that you could use for an open house or party. When I first saw it I thought “yippee!! a dip!!” Then I read the name of it and went “ewwwww…..olives and pecans….gag-a-maggot!!!” But since I am game to try almost anything, I did. It was good. Very good. The ingredients are simple, and it is a quick throw together dip.

Olive Pecan Dip

  • 1 c. pecans
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. olive juice
  • 1 c. green olives
  • 1 c. mayo
  • dash pepper

Process pecans in food processor till finely ground. Add rest of ingredients. Whiz till smooth.

I didn’t get a recipe for the Dutch Apple Crisp bars. They were good, but I am a simple girl and would much rather make/eat Rice Crispy treats.

Tomorrow I will be talking about the demonstration, and the best sample I ate last night. I was so busy snarfing it down, I didn’t take a picture of it. It was that good.

Do you like your rice crispy treats made with plain rice crispys, chocolate rice crispys, fruit rice crispys or with peanutbutter?

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11 thoughts on “December 5”

  1. My mom used to make a dip or spread similar to that Olive Pecan Dip. I think hers had walnuts in it instead of pecans. She served it on those tiny round pieces of rye bread…cocktail rye? It was one of those things I hated as a child and learned to love as I got older.

    The only kind of gussied-up rice krispy treats I’ve had is the ones with peanut butter in them, and I didn’t like them. So, I guess I’d go with plain. But a while back I tried using the new Chocolate Chex cereal instead of rice krispies. The chocolate chex are sort of coated with the chocolate instead of it being baked into them, so that part came off and mixed with the marshmallows.

    The finished product looked a little nasty, I thought. But when I took it to a church fellowship the kids wolfed them down. DH took some up to work and they got devoured there, too. I guess they tasted better than they looked. 🙂

  2. Yeah, we got dumped on here too. Everything is closed. And it is still coming down. lol

    I like my rice krispy treats with regular rice krispys. I have never tried the chocolate or the fruity ones though, so, I could like them, just don’t know.

    Hope you are just absolutely loving this snow. I know I am not. he he

    Yep…it is 10:24am, and it is still coming down. This is the most snow that we have had in 2 years.

    I am finally getting in to the Christmas mood. The chips are soooooo happy!

  3. I had no idea snow was a four letter word!

    So is SAND. Which is what your photos remind me of . . . sand blowing on everything when you’re at the beach. Including your potato chips.

    Yep…in this house it is. 😆

  4. Regular rice krispies are what we prefer. I have had them with M&M’s mixed in them also. It was pretty good that way. Schools were closed here , but our day care was open. They did let me leave after lunch in case it was getting worse(which it wasn’t) Who knows what lies ahead for us tonight though. I talked to Jason out in Cali last night. He said it was a little cool, 78 degrees. I actually told him to SHUT-UP.

  5. Well, I love snow and I’m very upset that you got my snow down in Ohio – that stuff belongs up here in my yard where it will be properly appreciated.

    As for the Rice Crispy Treats, I don’t think that I’ve had the different types of RC cereal though I’ve had different varieties (pb, chocolate, butterscotch) of the treats. I’ve also had a similar treat done w/Chex, peanuts & light corn syrup. And I like them as long as they aren’t too dry – they should be moist and chewy – gooey.

  6. Oh yes, Rice Crispy Treats.
    Nothing can top the original in my humble opinion. I don’t know from experimenting the Rice Crispy flavors, I just don’t want to even taste chocolate or fruity Rice Crispy Treats, they sound gross to me. :p

    I have tried the peanut butter ones, and they don’t hold a candle to the original (imho). 😉

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