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Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

In Recipes on October 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Yield: 2 cups

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

2 cups hulled (green) pumpkin seeds

3 tablespoons canola oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/3 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Heat 2 tablespoon of canola oil in a large skillet. Add pumpkin seeds and cook, stirring constantly until slightly puffed and golden brown. About 5-7 minutes.

Transfer to mixing bowl and toss with remaining canola oil, kosher salt, cumin, cayenne pepper.  Serve warm.


Must Have Pantry Items for Impromptu Entertaining

In Features on March 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Entertaining is easy if you have a plan and time to prepare, but it’s those impromptu evenings that truly test your chops as a host.  Keeping a variety of pantry items on hand for these occasions will undoubtably take the stress out of entertaining unexpected guests.  If you keep at least a few of these things in the kitchen you can throw together delicious hors d’oeuvres or a meal in no time.

  • Plain breadsticks
  • Jars of olives, stuffed grape leaves, roasted red peppers
  • Mixed nuts
  • Cornichons or dill pickles
  • Jars of your favorite pasta sauce
  • Few types of pasta like penne, linguine, farfalle
  • Good crackers
  • Variety of chips like tortilla, pita, root vegetable
  • Jars of salsa
  • Jars of mustard (dijon, whole grain, honey)
  • Dried fruit like cranberries, apricots, figs, raisins
  • Chutney / honey
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Dried Italian sausage and salami
  • Biscotti / cookies
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