Nikki and David Goldbeck

Roasted Chestnuts

How to roast chestnuts

The chestnut vendor offering hot, charcoal-roasted chestnuts on the streets of many cities symbolizes the coming of winter. This seasonal treat can be enjoyed by a cozy fire at home as well. Chestnuts can be roasted in a popcorn basket over an open fire, in a shallow baking dish inside the oven, or in a skillet on top of the range. Recipe contributed by Nikki and David Goldbeck, from American Wholefoods Cuisine.The first method is preferred, for the charred, crunchy portions that result from the uneven cooking are really part of the appeal. more→

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Curry Popcorn and Nuts

popcorn

A seasoned popcorn mixture with a lingering bite. An “adult” snack that is good to have at parties. Recipe contributed by Nikki and David Goldbeck, from American Wholefoods Cuisine.* more→

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Eggplant and Tofu Outdoor Mixed Grill

Eggplants in a basket

Eggplant and tofu steaks cooked on the grill can be eaten from plate, served on bread, or inserted into buns. The fruit, added here as a garnish, is a pleasing accompaniment. Recipe contributed by Nikki and David Goldbeck, from American Wholefoods Cuisine.* more→

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Quick Dill Pickles

Homemade dill pickles

Quick to make — and quick to disappear! [and a note from Nava: I’d been looking for a go-to recipe for refrigerator pickles, and was so happy to find this, adapted from one by Nikki and David Goldbeck — I really like mild, half-sour pickles and could never get the balance just right until I tried this version. That being said, once you use this easy recipe, if you like your pickles saltier, more vinegary, more garlicky, and/or sweeter, you can play with those flavors in your future batches. These are quick and easy, and a lot less expensive than buying jars of good pickles!] more→

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