It’s funny how certain smells work their way into your subconscious where they develop into permanent little memory bombs.
For me, this time of year, I crave the scent of Nuts 4 Nuts.
Nuts 4 Nuts = Christmastime in NYC.
For those unfamiliar with this New York institution, Nuts 4 Nuts are street carts that sell honey roasted nuts -- peanuts, cashews, and almonds. The thing about Nuts 4 Nuts though is, sadly, they always smell better than they taste.
This year I decided to end the cycle of disappointment once and for all and make my own. I started out with a typical recipe for sugared pecans amped it up with brown sugar, cinnamon, thyme, and a touch of sea salt.