We do keep some fruits and nuts in our pantry all year round. But with with the snuggly cold weather settling in and the holidays looming, we like to make sure our cupboards are well-stocked for whenever the baking mood strikes.
• Dried Cranberries - We got through bags and bags of these during the winter. We'll sub them for raisins in cookies and toss them in grain salads like this Cous Cous Salad with Winter Squash and Cranberries for a kick of tart flavor.
• Dried Apricots - These are another favorite addition to salads. They also make a great appetizer with a dab of soft cheese and a toasted nut nestled on top.
• Dried Cherries - We wish dried cherries weren't so expensive, or we'd use them more often! As it is, we hoard them for sprinkling on oatmeal or a batch of biscotti.
• Pecans - These taste sweeter to us than other nuts and are our favorite for cookies and bars.
• Walnuts - The earthy and rich flavor of walnuts is our top choice for savory dishes like stuffing, dinner salads, and pasta dishes.
• Pine Nuts - These had a nice crunch to salads and we also like using them in baked goods.
• Almonds - We almost always have a bowl of spiced toasted almonds sitting out this time of year. They make a great snack.
What other dried fruits and nuts do you make sure to have this time of year? How do you like to use them?
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