Have I mentioned Peanut Butter today? March 9, 2011Posted by Toy Lady in Food, random stuff, Rochester.
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.
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. . .
(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.
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!
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?
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.