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Have I mentioned Peanut Butter today? March 9, 2011

Posted by Toy Lady in Food, random stuff, Rochester.
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A while ago, Peeps and I happened across a different sort of vendor at our Public Market – the Florida Nut House is, surprisingly, not a bunch of crazy people with good tans.

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It’s a couple from (get this!) Florida who roast and season nuts.  All kinds of nuts – peanuts, cashews, and almonds, to name a few.

Why they’re here in Rochester all winter rather than, oh, say, Florida is beyond me.

Huh.  Maybe there is something to that “nut house” thing after all. . .

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(They also boil peanuts to order, but that’s not why we’re here.)

Now I don’t know that I’d ever had truly freshly-roasted nuts before.  And honestly, I’m pretty sure I’d have remembered – even the plain roasted-and-salted stuff is just . . . so much better than that ridiculous dancing peanut!

But the Nut House’s specialty is cinnamon-roasted peanuts.

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You would not believe how amazingly wonderful peanuts roasting in cinnamon smell on a cold winter morning!

I’m usually strong – I resist.  You’ve got to know – I could eat an entire package of these nuts without realizing it – they are that good.

And the first time Peeps and I tried these nuts, we looked at each other and voiced the same thought:

I’ll bet this would make fantastic peanut butter!

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Now, see, Peeps can take or leave peanut butter, mostly leaving it.  But me, I love it.  LOVE it.  And, while nuts are healthy and full of good fat and all, they’re full of fat and calories, and while a little may be good, a lot is probably not-so-much good.  Some days, it’s hard not to over-indulge in my beloved Super Chunky.

And freshly-roasted cinnamon super chunky?

Yikes.

So, rather than put myself in a position where I’d grudgingly forcing myself to practice moderation, I just avoided it.

For several years, actually.

Until one morning, the roasty-cinnamony aroma was just too much.

I bought the smallest packet of cinnamon roasted nuts, brought them home, and tossed them in the food processor.

Cinnamon peanut butter + cinnamon toast = the real winner.

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Comments

1. judy - March 9, 2011

YUMMY. I believe I can smell it already! Hope your day is BETTER.

And would you believe that Old Mr. Sniffy-Nose hangs around, too, whenever I get it out of the fridge?

2. Cristina - March 9, 2011

I don’t even like peanut butter that much, but this sounds great. It reminds me of the Mama Mellace’s nuts I got at Costco last summer: coffee almonds and cranberry pecans. Yum!

OH, those sound GOOD! I wonder. . . they do garlic-herbed almonds. I’ll be that might work too, huh?


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