Take a cue from the squirrels and stash away some nuts in preparation for Cashew Day, celebrated annually on November 23. Culinary artists and snacking enthusiasts will rejoice as they ingest their fill of this curvaceous nut.
From raw to roasted and salted, they are popular snack-bowl fillers. Their flavorful nuances and ease of one-handed consumption make them deliciously addictive.
Cashews play co-starring roles in a variety of entrées from stir-fries to curries. They are welcomed in salads and pasta dishes. Finely chopped, they are put to work as coatings for chicken or fish. Coarsely chopped, they provide the perfect crunch when sprinkled over dips.
As palates have awakened to the perfect marriage of salty and sweet, cashews have found their way into rich confectionery recipes from brownies to ice cream. One sublime trinity is the union of cashews, caramel and chocolate. They’ve also taken a bow in the world of nutty butter spreads.
To celebrate Cashew Day, host a buffet of rich desserts that include cashew-turtle ice cream, dark chocolate cashew bark and cashew-caramel brownies. A lighter option might be to simply sit outdoors with a large bowl of cashews and bond with nature. Of course, that could turn into a crazy-wild party if you decide to share with the friendly backyard squirrels.