New Sweet & Salty Snack {Costco Gift Card Giveaway}

Ever have those times when you are craving something to snack on but can’t decide between something sweet and something salty? If so, I have the perfect snack for you! Fisher Nuts recently sent me their new product to try out and share my thoughts with you all. They just launched a new snack product – Fisher Nut Exactly – exclusively at Costco stores in the Midwest for a limited time only. This sweet yet savory snack contains no artificial ingredients and is created with the perfect combination of crunchy roasted almonds and whole grain popcorn, rolled into a snack-sized bite that’s dipped in rich 66% cacao dark chocolate.

They have been a great snack for me to eat while driving the boys to Spring sports practices because they come in small poppable pieces. The combination of the nut and whole grain are filling enough to tide me over until we get home for dinner. The chocolate on them is just the right amount to give me that sweetness I’m craving.

These are also a nice snack to serve at your March Madness party tomorrow or really any get-together you are having this Spring. The key to any party is easy to eat food and this snack fits perfectly in that category!

Want to try it? Costco stores in the Midwest are having tastings this Thursday, April 10th. Live elsewhere? The giveaway below is open to everyone in the USA!

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win a $50 Costco gift card and package of Fisher Nut Exactly

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

2) Share this giveaway on the social network of your choice

3) Comment on another blog post

Giveaway ends April 17, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident, 21 or over to enter.

Cooking With Nuts {Fisher Nuts/Food Network Prize Pack Giveaway}

The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to break out the roasting pans and make an extra trip (or two) to the baking aisle. Fisher Nuts is teaming up with Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a regular judge on Chopped, to make your holiday cooking a bit easier and offer some simple twists for cooking with nuts during the holidays.

Here are some of my favorite ideas she offers:

No Regret Vinaigrette: Need a new vinaigrette? Roast a handful of nuts and blend them with 3 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice.

Upgraded Spice Rub: Next time you’re cooking meat, add some ground nuts to your spice rub. The nuts can mellow some of the heat from the spice and add needed richness to the mix.

Fresh Twist on Rice: Nuts are delicious in a classic rice pilaf. Stir some roasted nuts into the rice just before serving. You can also mix nuts with wild rice.

MY RECIPE

One of Sinisa’s favorite things to make for breakfast are crepes. We normally fill them with Nutella but we decided to try making a filling for them with Walnuts instead. Here’s the recipe:

Crepes Ingredients:

2 eggs

TBS sugar

2 TBS salt

3 cups flour

3 cups milk

Crepes Directions:

Beat the eggs, salt and sugar. Add flour and milk and stir to a soupy consistency. Ensure that the batter is smooth and has no chunks.
Let the batter sit for a bit. Ladle the batter on a hot oiled up pan and flip crepes one at a time.

Filling Ingredients:

20 oz. Walnuts

1 cup milk

4 TBS sugar

Walnut

Powdered sugar (optional)

Filling Directions:

For the walnut filling use a food processor or a chopper to grind up 20 oz of whole walnuts into a fine consistency. Once that is ready, heat milk with sugar on a stovetop, stirring occasionally. Once it is boiling add the ground walnuts and stir quickly for about a minute until it turns into a paste like consistency.

To Serve: Use about a spoonful of mix and spread on the crepes and fold. Before serving you can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a prize pack valued at $70. It will include: Fisher Chef’s Naturals Slivered Almonds, Fisher Chef’s Naturals Pecan Halves, Fisher Chef’s Naturals Walnut Halves & Pieces, Food Network 5-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups, Food Network Silicone Spatula, OXO Whisk and a Wood Cutting Board.

HOW TO ENTER

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1) Tell me how you include nuts in your cooking

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Like Fisher Nuts on Facebook

6) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

Giveaway ends December 26, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I am working with Fisher to share Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipes and create my own original recipe using Fisher Nuts and tools they provided. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.)