Just the name Diamond Foods always brings up pleasing holiday memories. My mother would place a few mixed nuts in our Christmas stockings each year, along with a bowl of them out on the table and a nutcracker alongside. What fun we had!
Well, you can still have fun, creative fun, with Diamond Foods Inshell Nuts contest. Here’s how it works: submit your best holiday entertaining idea(s) using Diamond Inshell Nuts. Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2008, and the winner will be declared on February 1, 2009. Grand prize winner will be featured on millions of Diamond Packages and win a trip for four to New York City to see George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker!
Some basic guidelines to get you started are:
Roasting: All nuts, even in their shell, taste better when toasted. The process is simple - just preheat the oven to 375°F. For 4 servings, spread 4 cups of in-shell nuts on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, carefully remove one nut, holding it with a dish towel or potholder and crack it open. The meat should be lightly toasted and aromatic. If it still looks pale inside, roast a few minutes longer. Let the nuts cool before serving. Smaller nuts, such as hazelnuts and almonds, may take less time.