Friday, December 29, 2023

Sweet & Savory Pecans (air fryer or oven recipe) Plus my Year In Review

Greetings, folks!

This is 615 words, a 2½ minute read.

image of woman checking salmon skin for doneness while 3 dogs look on

As the year winds down I wanted to thank you, and send you an update on my year. During 2023 I taught 9 classes, 296 students, and uploaded 15 class recordings. I decided to add Bonus Extra Recipe Videos to supplement in class info (like this video for Instant Pot Chocolate Pots de Creme For Two), and uploaded 17 bonus recipe videos to Youtube for folks to re-watch as needed.

To connect in person with folks, I’ve been doing live cooking demonstrations at Community Education events around the Twin Cities and Wisconsin.

In August during my Stop Food Waste With Your Pressure Cooker class I created a Leftover Cheat Sheet—and resolved to share ideas for how to repurpose the recipes I demonstrate in different ways.

In honor of my birthday I decided I’d donate the profits from this month’s Monthly Meal Planning class to my co-teacher Megan’s charity Lyle’s Lunchbox. I figured I’d round up to $500 if participation fell short of that soft goal, but so many folks registered for class that I ended up donating $1,100.00!


You did that. Pat yourself on the back. I appreciate you!

How can I serve you better? I’ve created a 4 question survey to make my classes better. Please take a moment to answer!

Outside of the kitchen, I started off with 2 kids living at home & 3 4-legged dogs underfoot. I ended this year with 1 kid living at home, still 3 dogs—but now Robert Barker is a tripawd—underfoot.

image of a stainless steel bowl filled with spring greens, goat cheese, fresh blueberries and raspberries, and spiced pecans

The recipe I’m sharing with you today can be made in an air fryer, but I usually make it in the oven because I like to make a large batch as it keeps for several weeks in a closed container. Typically I triple the recipe.

Try these spiced pecans in a salad--this image of greens tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, fresh blueberries and raspberries, spiced pecans, and goat cheese.

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