Thursday, February 14, 2013

Friday Night Bites | Sriracha and Honey Cashews

Sometimes life throws you curveballs. Not sure why, but they happen.  I recently learned that a long time friend that I have known from kindergarten just lost her father a little over a week ago.  The part that makes it even more difficult is that ten weeks ago she lost her mother.  If that wasn’t enough, her beloved little pug passed away two days after her father.  I have to sit back and reflect as to why all this is happening to such a sweet person.  I wish I could take all of the pain away for her.  The best I can do is support her through this challenging time with positive thoughts, many prayers and be there as a friend.

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As I fight back the tears, I wanted to express myself since this is weighing heavy on my mind right now.  I can only imagine at this point what my friend is going through right now.  I am fortunate enough to still have both of my parents and honestly cherish each moment with them.  It is moments such as these that remind me of what is truly important in life.  It is the people and the time you have with them.  I have reached out to her with a quick note to share my thoughts and support for her, along with sending a big virtual hug.

I would like to dedicate this post to my friend and her sister who are going through such a difficult time.  I know their strong faith, supportive family and friends along with personal strength will progress them through this tough time in their lives.

For this week’s Friday Night Bites, I am sharing my recipe for Sriracha and Honey Cashews.  They are sweet, spicy and savory.  When you first take a bite, your taste buds sense sweetness then the heat comes from the rear.  I must warn you that they are addictive and if you are a Srirachi addict, then these are the perfect bite for you.

 Sriracha and Honey Cashews

1 lb. Dry Roasted and Salted Cashews
3 Tablespoons Honey
1 Tablespoon Sriracha Sauce
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lay the cashews onto a cookie sheet with sides.  Heat the cashews in the oven for 5 minutes.  In the meantime, in a large bowl mix together the honey, sriracha sauce, olive oil and salt together. 

Next add the warm nuts to the bowl and mix well until all nuts are covered.  Return to the cookie sheet.  Reduce the temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.  Midway through the cooking process, toss the nuts to ensure even cooking.  Let cool and store in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.


  1. Sriracha is one of my favorite condiments! I think I go through it faster than ketchup in our house. These look sooo delicious, I am definitely going to bookmark this. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. What a sweet post to your friend, Lisa! In a challenging time, friends like you make all the difference :). I love these cashews, the perfect blend of spicy and sweet!

  3. Lovely little post and dedication, Lisa. It's such a helpless feeling to see someone else in pain and not be able to reach in and take some away. Just being there is sometimes enough. :)

    These honey cashews look amazing! Who knew cashews could get even better than they already are!

  4. You're such a sweet person, Lisa! Yummy cashews!!! Happy Valentine's Day! xox

  5. kind of snack....I want to say you are a great friend....i wish i had one like you!!

  6. My thoughts are with your friend. It's always hard to lose someone you love, much less a parent...or both! I hope your friend finds strength in those who remain and those who love and care deeply for her.

    On a lighter note, these cashews are perfect Friday night bites! Perfect with a movie or good tv Game of Thrones! Hehehe...

  7. a little sweet and spicy is always welcome here at my house, these look perfect.

  8. Am so sorry to hear about your friend Lisa, but I am sure she will get through even such a terribly hard time, with friends like you.
    Such a great recipe, we are Sriracha lovers too. I have some bottles of nuts from Costco that are just begging to be spiced up!

  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's multiple losses--what a difficult time for her this must be. I'm sure she appreciates kind words and support.

    These cashews really do sound addictive, Lisa. What a perfect combination of sweet and spicy.


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