Saturday, December 11, 2010

Roasted Spicy Pecans, 'tis the season...

These are very easy to prepare and they're a great snack.  Melt a 1/2 stick of butter along with 1 1/2 tsp of ground cumin and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper in a skillet or sauce pan.  Stir for about one minute after the butter is completely melted.  Remove pan from heat.

Pour 3 cups of pecan halves into the butter mixture along with 2 1/2 Tbsp of sugar and 1 tsp of salt.  Mix well.  Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes @ 300 degrees.

'07 Daniel Gehrs Syrah

'07 Daniel Gehrs
 Central Coast Syrah, ~$20

Dark fruit, a hint of chocolate, mild tannins and a nice finish. After being open for about 3 hours, the final glass showed a hint of vanilla bean.  I believe this wine scored 94 and I would buy it again.  I would decant the next bottle for a couple hours and then pour.  The last couple glasses were the best to me.  

It goes well with Frank Sinatra's and Bing Crosby's holiday music, a fire and good friends. It's great for sipp'n & shar'n. Cheers to all...