Spiced Mixed Nuts

Spiced Mixed Nuts- Perfect for any Party

I think these spiced mixed nuts are the perfect accompaniment to a great cocktail.  That's why I love to make them when I have company over, have a cocktail party or just to enjoy while having "cocktail hour" on the patio with my husband.  These are always a hit at every party.  The combination of sweet, savory and spicy really wows the pallet.  This recipe can easily be tweaked by using your favorite nuts rather than the ones I uses (which are my favs).  If you make this for your friends they will most certainly love it, so you should probably make a lot! Please check out my latest YouTube video to learn some additional tips and tricks on how I make the recipe.  You'll be able to check out my husband's amazing pan flipping skills too.   https://youtu.be/nUDKl-eDkwg Spiced Mixed Nuts 2 cup mixed nuts: cashews (almonds, walnuts, whatever you like)2 tablespoon brown sugar2 tablespoon butter2 teaspoons Tabasco5-6 sprigs rosemary (de-stemmed & chopped)Flaky sea salt to taste Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the nuts and give them a couple minutes to begin toasting. When you see a bit of color on the nuts and start...Read More

Guacamole- Easy to Make Crowd Pleaser

This week I'm making guacamole. I never used to be a fan of avocados or guacamole growing up but when I moved to New York I fell in love wit the table-side guacamole from Rosa Mexicano and have been a huge fan ever since. Here's a fun fact for you, did you know that guacamole was originally created to make brownish looking avocados palatable? Now we take it for granted that we can have fabulous avocados without any bruises or brown color at all, but what a smart way to create an awesome tasty snack from less than avocados. Please check out this week’s Gluten Free Avenger Episode 28: Guacamole, you can click below to start viewing or use this link (https://youtu.be/HutbCVZ62ts). Please scroll below to see the full recipe. Guacamole- Easy to Make Crowd Pleaser 2 large ripe avocados1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt1 Tbsp of fresh lime juice or lemon juice2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red or white onion2 jalepeno chiles (stems and seeds removed, minced)2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems, finely chopped)A dash of freshly grated black pepper1/2 ripe tomato (seeds and pulp removed, chopped) Cut the avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the...Read More

Gluten Free Appetizers and Snacks

I love to have people over for a cocktail or dinner party and these are some of my favorite Gluten Free Appetizers and Snacks to have out when people arrive.  The beauty of the spread is the fact that everything is gluten-free but no one will know that it's gluten-free. I like to have an assortment of fruit and/or vegetables to accompanied by meat, cheese, crackers and nuts. Here are some of my favorites: Mary's Gone Crackers- I like the original and herb flavors Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips Boursin cheese Mangecho cheese Honeycrisp apples Red or Green Grapes Genoa salami Marcona almonds What are your favorite gluten free appetizers and snacks? Let me know in the comments below. Gluten Free Avenger Episode 12: Gluten Free Appetizers and Snacks is now live on YouTube, you can use this link (https://youtu.be/4TaCpHTSwKg) or view it below: [caption id="attachment_735" align="alignleft" width="768"] Mary's Gone Crackers go with so many things...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_734" align="alignleft" width="768"] Marcona Almonds are always a fav![/caption] [caption id="attachment_737" align="alignleft" width="768"] aren't you ready to dig in![/caption] [caption id="attachment_736" align="alignleft" width="768"] eat these with a sandwich or with cheese[/caption] [caption id="attachment_731" align="alignleft" width="768"] Boursin and Manchego cheese are a...Read More