Crazy Nuts in the Nutty Blogging World

Blogging is a strange and wonderful thing. You start blogging not knowing what to expect. In the beginning, the photos are fuzzy, the posts are random, and you are just aching for just one reader other than yourself or significant other.

Then hours upon hours are spent surfing the other blogs out in the great, big blogworld. Gradually you find 10, 20, 30 and even 100s of other blogs writing about topics similar to yours. Too many hours are spent devouring the recipes, stories, movie reviews, and gossip posted on the World Wide Web. You are hooked and can't get enough.

Your posts flow so freely that you are blogging every other day. New readers are reading. And then it happens. You get your first comment and, it is not from your best friend or a family member. The reader likes your photos or has had a similar experience as you. You have connected.

Blogging is about sharing. You learned in kindergarten that it is nice to share. When you share with others they will want to share with you. How about sharing some Crazy Nuts with a co-worker, neighbor, or teacher? I'll share the recipe with you and, you share the Crazy Nuts with someone else.

Let the sharing begin.

Crazy Nuts

makes 2 pounds of nuts

1 pound of whole, raw walnuts
1 pound of whole, raw almonds
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garam masala
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried chipolte or cayenne pepper
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place nuts on a large rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt butter and add seasonings. Stir to combine. Drizzle butter mixture over nuts and toss to coat.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. The nuts should be browned but not burned when done.

Remove nuts from oven and cool. Stir in cranberries. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy for up to one week.

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Elyse said...

It's so true! Blogging has been one of the most wonderful experiences. I adore the bloggers with whom I've been able to connect, and I so enjoy getting to read their posts. This post was just wonderful! So, of course, you've convinced me that I need to make these nuts to go share the love :)

Rindy R said...

These sound that a great addition to a salad! YUM!

Aggie said...

lol...totally true!! I love these nuts!!

jh said...

What an inspiring post. As a fairly new blogger, it is nice to read. Tasty sounding recipe and great pictures. love your blog! Thanks.

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vanillasugarblog said...

what a wonderful read...I agree wholeheartedly with you.
just so you know, I made your pb bread, and kicked it up a few notches. Come see if you have the time.

Ninette said...

What a nutty post! And I'm glad to be in the bowl with the rest of you.

teresa said...

Don't you love food blogging! I have loved getting to know fellow food lovers and I've learned so much about food in the process! These nuts looks awesome, they look like something I'd make over the holidays!

Robin Sue said...

Ooh you had me at the garam masala! Yummy! I love blogging too and have made so many virtual friends that I probably can call real friends! Great to follow you every day Amy, you have a great site and the most delicious recipes out there!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Blogging is our obsession, we love to share.

Creative Classroom Core said...

I wish I had seen this recipe on Friday! I was looking for a mixed nut recipe, and ended up making a different one (which i will post about soon!) Yours looks AWESOME!

PheMom said...

So funny and true! My husband would love these!

Dragon said...

Lovely post. :)

Anonymous said...

Too many food blogs, not enough time! :D

Love the combination of flavors for this!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

That is so true!

I remember the first comment I got from someone I didn't know, and I was like, someone is reading my blog!

Ha! Thanks for the Crazy Nuts recipe too!

Jeff said...

I was just thinking something similar last night. It is amazing in over a year how much my blog and I have changed. It started out horrendous and has slowly progressed to standable. Maybe in another year I will be happy with it.

Also, happy too because I was looking for a new recipes for snacks at work.

Sara Reddy said...

What a fresh, sweet post to read! Just found your blog (an new to blogging myself and am in honeymoon mode), and can't wait to dig in for a good read. Thanks!

Merry said...

Thanks for sharing..love your comments about blogging. I am off to try your Thai Chicken Tenderloin Satay over here in Cairns, Australia. :-)