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September 22, 2004

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Chestnuts fell like hail, cracked open, and their brown nuts rolled out in front of us as we walked down Khreshatyk Street this afternoon. The boys gathered several up, and I'm trying to gather info on how to eat them (and what precautions are necessary.)

Do you have to roast them? How do you roast them without an open fire? Anything you can share about chestuts is appreciated.


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know useful knowledge to share--just that now i want to listen to Nat king Cole

39 days to Christmas music season

Posted by: Dana at September 22, 2004 08:00 PM

Preheat your oven to 425 F (210 C). Take your chestnuts and make a cut across the round side of each to keep them from exploding, and arrange them either on a rack or on a cookie sheet. Roast them until the skins have pulled back from the cuts and the nutmeats have softened (exactly how long will depend upon the chestnuts, but at least 15-20 minutes. Remove the nuts from the oven, make a mound of them in an old towel, wrap them up, squeeze them hard -- they should crackle -- and let them sit for a few minutes.
Open a bottle of vino Novello (or Beaujolais Nouveau), open the towel, pour yourself a glass, peel the skin off the first chestnut, and enjoy.

Posted by: John Owen Butler at September 22, 2004 10:18 PM

Thank you, Pastor OK John! Sounds wonderful. (The boys will have to skip the Beaujolais, but I know we'll enjoy the whole experience.

It was amazing to see the chestnuts fall and pop out of their green spiky skins.

Posted by: TulipGirl at September 22, 2004 10:41 PM

I'm at the library catching up on reading your blog, just stopping in to say hello. I'm still TG-less at home. The friends who gave us the computer can't remember the password to the filter software! I hope my computer-geek brother can figure a way around it.

Posted by: Missy at September 22, 2004 11:25 PM


Is this GFI filter software? (Why else would a filter block TulipGirl?)

Just find yourself a teenage boy. He should have the filter cracked in five minutes, easy.

Posted by: Michael Bates at September 23, 2004 05:36 AM

I'm totally laughing at that, Michael!

And it's good to see you, Missy. I know it is SO frustrating when computers go whacko.

Posted by: TulipGirl at September 23, 2004 06:52 AM

I liked your poetic first sentence :o)

Posted by: Donna Boucher at September 23, 2004 04:36 PM

Thanks, Donna. I wish I could have captured the moment better, though. It was just an amazing fall experience.

Posted by: TulipGirl at September 23, 2004 04:54 PM


Now that you mention it, the friends who gave us the computer are pro-GFI...Could it be? *grin*

Missy, stealing a few moments on my brother's computer.

Posted by: Missy at September 26, 2004 12:34 AM

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