As we gear up for the 2010 Vintage Riesling Launch next week and the big, exciting Riesling Hour ahead of us next Thursday, September 22 at 7 PM ET, we have lots to look forward to. Tonight we encourage you to tune into Rochelle Bilow's uStream Riesling tasting at 8 PM ET. She'll be sharing her thoughts about a new favorite Finger Lakes Riesling along with a peak at her latest recipe Spicy-Sweet Mixed Nuts. Yum! Rochelle has been kind enough to supply us with a new recipe each week leading up to Riesling Hour next Thursday. These recipes are easy and delicious and will pair perfectly with whatever 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling you decide to enjoy next Thursday.

 

 

Spicy-Sweet Mixed Nuts

 

 

 

 

Recipe by Rochelle Bilow for Finger Lakes Wine Country and Finger Lakes Wine Alliance

 

 

 

 
Pairs with: Finger Lakes Riesling
 
Warning: these nuts are addictive. The combination of deeply sweet brown sugar and spicy chili powder will keep you coming back for more, and the addition of fresh thyme brightens the whole mixture, making it a worthy partner for a Finger Lakes Riesling. Make sure to serve these warm.

 

• 2 cups mixed walnuts, almonds and cashews

 

 
• 2 tablespoons butter
 
• 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, roughly chopped

 

• 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

 

 
• 1/2 teaspoon chili powder


• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes, until toasted and fragrant. Remove from oven and pour in a mixing bowl.

Melt the butter and pour over the nuts. Add the thyme, sugar, chili and sea salt over the mixture and use a spatula to mix everything completely. Serve warm.

Note: Feel free to use any combination of nuts you have on hand, or substitute chili powder for cayenne.