In a Hot Oven

December 17, 2009

Oven-Roasted

Okay, seriously, who has an open fire these days? Not too many of us. So there will likely be no chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost, yes, some mornings. But chestnuts roasting in a hot oven, you can make that happen. Turn your oven on and up to 400º. Make a cross-cut in the bottom  (truly easier said than done) – the rounded end – of every chestnut and place in a roasting pan or cast-iron frying pan or cookie sheet, or whatever you have that’s oven-proof. Now slide into your hot oven. I turn them over ten minutes in. It only takes about twenty minutes to bake chestnuts. When you determine that they are done, I go by smell (delicious) and colour (gorgeous toasty-brown), remove them from oven until they are cool enough to handle. Peel back the shell to expose and extract the rich, meaty inside. Consume. Put on a yuletide carol or two.

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Spiky

September 22, 2009

Spiky Little Thing

Spiky Little Thing

There is so much fashion here in Milan – I love it. This trio of chestnuts looks as though it’s wearing a fur jacket for the fall.