In the winter in Italy, freshly roasted chestnuts are sold on street corners. When my parents lived in a small town outside of Rome, they would collect the ripe chestnuts that fell to the ground in the forest and roast them. If you have never tried these delicious nuts roasted, now is the time. The season lasts from fall through early winter. Whole Foods, Trader Joes and many grocery stores carry fresh chestnuts.
Carefully cut a X into one side of each of the chestnuts. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes at 400°.
Chestnuts are especially good roasted on an open fire, hence the mention in the Christmas song. Roast them in a grill pan that has holes in it (the kind that is sold to cook veggies on the bbq) or you can make your own as my father has done by drilling holes in a stainless steel or cast iron frying pan.
Serve warm with a glass of dry red wine. Peel off the shell and enjoy!
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Summer Challenge: Be Better Consumers!
Join me this summer in my efforts to be a better consumer:
Buy more locally grown food. Buy more organic items. Avoid genetically modified food. Prepare more responsible and healthy dishes. Get more involved in the food movement.
If you are a vegan, you are already making many good choices everyday about your food but there is so much more we all could be doing. Being a vegan doesn't necessarily mean we are doing all we can to be the most responsible and healthy eaters. We can improve ourselves and encourage the omnivores around us to do the same!
I've been a vegan for 7 years along with my sister, who is a gluten free vegan. I was a vegetarian for 18 years before veganism. I live in Los Angeles with an omnivore in a home full of rescued animals (cats, turtles and a frog).