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Homemade Salty Snacks

with Cynthia Nims
Make game day and movie night a big hit when you learn how to create an endless variety of savory bites customized with your favorite flavors!

Discover how fun it is to create delicious, creative snacks in your own kitchen! Cookbook author Cynthia Nims guides you through more than a dozen salty snacks, starting with tasty techniques for transforming popcorn and nuts with exotic seasonings. Dive into three irresistible versions of chips with a traditional potato chip recipe and other healthy varieties using kale, parsnips and carrots. Find out how to make crunchy, flavorful crackers from homemade dough, and create fresh pretzels in less than an hour. Finally, use puff pastry for elegant parmesan breadsticks and festive pesto pinwheels or make crunchy grissini, all sure to please at your next cocktail party. Plus, discover how to stock your pantry so you can whip up customizable DIY snacks whenever the craving strikes!

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Lesson 1. Popcorn & Nuts

  • Learn the secret to making perfectly crunchy popcorn and how to season it with nori and sesame or your favorite spices. Then turn your focus to roasting as you make nuts seasoned with garlic, smoked paprika and a dash of cayenne.


Lesson 2. Potato Chips & Other Vegetable Chips


Lesson 3. Homemade Crackers


Lesson 4. Soft Pretzels


Lesson 5. Breadsticks


Lesson 6. Stocking the Snack Lover's Pantry

"This is a fun, lighthearted class, yielding tasty results with a minimum of fuss and expense. Lately I've been fooling around with cracker recipes, but I hadn't made any with yeasted dough. Who knew that four ingredients (plus the cook's topping choices) would produce such delicious, crunchy treats. Thanks to Cynthia for approachable demos and interesting flavor combinations. Can't wait to try popcorn with nori, never would have thought of it. And rolling the cracker dough with the pasta machine? Love it."
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Kensington, California

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