Snacks on the Patio

If you recall, I have a monster rosemary bush that has survived thirteen winters now without a hitch.

The garlic chives are still holding their own, but it is encroaching more on the path this year!

It is so fragrant and I try to think of many ways to use a lot of it through the summer,   especially as we grill.

As I wrote yesterday,  some  days we just want to come home from work,  let the cat out to play,  and sit on the patio with a cold beverage and some snacks.   Today is one of those days!

Here is another quick “small plate bite”  for a warm summer evening.

Rosemary Spiced Almonds

2 ½ c. whole almonds
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 sprig fresh rosemary
¼ t. red pepper flake
Sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine almonds and all ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss to mix together.

Spread nuts on the prepared baking sheet.  Place in oven and cook for 25 minutes.  Stir halfway through cooking time.

Remove from oven place on paper towels.  Stir and toss with more sea salt to taste.

May serve warm or at room temperature.  Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy these snacks relaxing on your patio,  on the run to yoga class,  curled up with a good book,  blogging away,  or whatever you do to relax.

For another great savory snack,  see Ancho Chile &  Rosemary Spiced Nuts.  For a sweeter snack,  check out Spiced Nuts using pecans.  All of these recipes make great gifts.

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