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.


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


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.


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.


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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.)

425 thoughts on “Cooking With Nuts {Fisher Nuts/Food Network Prize Pack Giveaway}”

  1. I put nuts in my morning oatmeal, the banana nut bread I eat at lunch, put them on pizza (its quite awesome) and in stir-fry.

  2. I love walnuts in my fudge and choc. chip cookies and pecans on a cranberry dish and sunflower seeds are a must in salads. I would love to win this prize.

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  4. I like to incorporate nuts when I’m baking and cooking! I like walnuts inside my muffins, pancakes and on top of cakes as a garnish. I like to roast pecans and put them on top of a baked sweet potato! Yummy! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  5. nuts are a excellent source of protein and I must eat a lot of protein daily.. so cashews with chicken, walnuts in my salads,and all kinds used in my baking

  6. I always put nuts in my brownies and I love nuts in my salads to make it crunchy and give great flavor!

  7. i grind them and mix with things like bread crumbs and parmesan to coat chicken in, add them to salads all the time, I like them in cookies, my kids, not so much!

  8. As much I love nuts .. I have to leave this 1 ingredients on my cooking because my dear husband is allergic to nuts .. sad but I am doing it for love and I can snack nuts alone and be happy about not sharing them with him :-) Thanks for the chance.

  9. I use nuts when I make chocolate chip cookies and brownies. I also love them sprinkled on my salad.
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  10. We use nuts in salads a LOT. We love almonds in a spinach and fruit salad with feta cheese. I do use a lot of nuts in desserts…coconut pecan frosting for German Chocolate cake is a fave in our house! Use a TON with holiday baking!

    thank you!

  11. I include nuts in my cooking by adding them to homemade Banana bread, I add nuts to my Chocolate Chip cookies. I add nuts to my Holiday Fudge. I add nuts to my oatmeal.

  12. I am making chocolate covered pretzels for the holidays so I am using the nuts as topping – – Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  13. I tweeted about this giveaway @emscout9 (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)…

  14. I put pecans or walnuts in my oatmeal, use pecans as a crust for chicken, bake pies with pecans, put nuts in banana bread, and sometimes we just eat them plain.
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  15. I add toasted almonds to chicken salad, cooked green beans or on top a salad. Walnuts are added to salads, cookies quick breads and I use to coat the outside of my cheese ball which I make every year about this time.

  16. I use pecans in a lot of things…cookies, brownies, in chicken salad, and I make sugared pecans for holiday gifts.

  17. I love strawberry, almond, spinach salad with poppyseed dressing. Chocolate brownies with walnuts and fudge icing. Also, I love making “turtle” candies: melt a small rolo on pretzels in the oven on waxed paper then press a pecan on top. Yummy!!

  18. i eat nuts as snacks plain or in my yogurt. i also like to mix them into my boyfriend’s cereal for a crunchy texture and some nutrients.

  19. I love to put nuts in cookies and brownies and just about everything else. I just wish they weren’t so expensive.

  20. We like to add chopped pecans to maple syrup for pancakes. I also add them to cookies, oatmeal and stirfry. Thanks for the product review and the opportunity.

  21. I use nuts alot in my cooking. I make chicken and cashew stir fry, pecan crushed fish, chocholate chip cookies with walnuts. Chex mix snack with many different nuts included.

  22. I use finely chopped walnuts in the crust of cheesecakes that I make. It makes my cheesecakes original. Plus it adds a wonderfully unexpected flavor to the crust,

  23. I use nuts a lot in various flavors of gourmet cupcakes that I make for a local Coffee house here in my town. My most popular flavor this month has been Pecan Pie!

  24. I put them in candy, cookies, cakes, and breads. I also like an apple & walnut salad, and they go in our snacks too. Thanks!

  25. I like to put nuts in as much as I can. Oatmeal, cookies, cakes, and salads are a few ways I use nuts. Thanks for the giveaway

  26. I toast nuts and use them in salads. Toasted almonds on green bean or in rice pilif. Walnuts in muffins or to top off oatmeal.

  27. I love nuts and can eat them everyday :-) I usually add them on stir fried noodles, sticky rice, steamed veggies….

  28. I love to put nuts on my salads and also in my cookies…(my computer is acting funny so I’m not sure if this original post went through).

  29. I use nuts for crusts instead of pie and dessert crusts. I also use them in cookies as part of the flour and in breads. Thanks!

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