Popcorn Snack Mix

Disclaimer: If you make these crazy good snacks, Dishing it out in the Valley is not responsible for weight gain, guilt, or regret that might ensue after making and/or overeating of said snacks. You, “The Eater”, shall take full responsibility for self control or enlist a “Second Party” to hide said snacks from you in the event that you have no self control. What is perceived as self-control will leave upon sight of said snacks, so “The Sharer”, Dishing it out in the Valley, highly recommends the hiding method for control. In addition, Dishing it out in the Valley is not responsible for the second party sneaking said snacks from The Eater, nor will Dishing be responsible for any threat of physical harm when The Eater threatens the Second Party for not releasing the said snacks on demand. You have been warned.

Now that you’ve been adequately warned, on to the recipes!

The first recipe that I love, and have to promptly give away so that we don’t eat the dang things up in two days, is Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts by the Barefoot Contessa. I shared this recipe with my friends Mark and John and they can attest to the “make them and then give them away before you eat them all yourself method.” Even still, it’s amazing how easily one can decide to NOT give away some of the lovely bundles of nuts (heck that person didn’t even know that I intended to gift them to them. Right?). Recipe notes: I use only 1 tsp of chipotle powder and I skip the 2 tablespoons on rosemary at the end. I also bake them longer than what’s called for (about 10 minutes), but then I start with raw nuts so I don’t know if that’s the reason why it takes longer for the nuts to get nicely glazed.

The second recipe is the one featured in the picture. That gallon jar was 3/4 full when I finished the recipe at 5pm last night and this photo was taken at 9am this morning. Yep. Now you can see why I started this post with a disclaimer! Granted, my son took some to work but you can bet that was eaten up within an hour. Needless to say, I would recommend that you try this recipe for Popcorn Party Mix from the Smitten Kitchen but don’t think unkindly of me when it’s scarfed down almost immediately. Recipe notes: I think the peanuts were superfluous and I will leave them out next time and I used vegan Worcestershire sauce and Earth Balance butter.

Um, I’m leaving to go workout now…..

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