Sunday, September 28, 2008


This past weekend, I talked JJ into going apple and pumpkin picking at a local orchard, Anderson Orchards. They were also having their big Fall Apple Festival. We had such a fun time there, the highlight being chestnuts for $4/lb! I usually find them at Kroger for $7/lb later on in October or November, so it was a great surprise!

The first time I ever tried roasting chestnuts at home, I didn't know you need to cut an X on the top. After roasting them for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, I opened the oven and they exploded! Luckily I had glasses on so they didn't burn my eyes, but I had chestnut all over my hair and clothes.... not fun! Now, I know how to do it though - slit an X on top, it makes removing the shell much easier, too. Generally, if a chestnut doesn't open up on it's own when roasting, it's a bad one! Most of mine were good, and tasted delicious!


That Girl said...

Roasted chestnuts remind me of winter in New York.

gaga said...

Yum, I love roasted chestnuts. I didn't know you had to put an x on them either. That's good to know...thanks!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

HA. Glad I didn't try exploding chestnuts by the open fire. Now I know to make an "X". Sorry for your mess, but thanks for the important tip.