I can still hear the sounds of the concert buzzing through my head today, the morning after we went with friends to see U2 in Charlottesville…
“It’s not a hill it’s a mountain” from” I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight”—Bono’s voice and The Edge still crisp in my ears…
Before the concert began we set up a tailgait dinner party, which we have done in the past, and I have to say that these supper club “field trips” are some of the best evenings we’ve had together. With a few hours before the concert started, we enjoyed a few glasses of wine and had a picnic dinner before heading in to the show.
The evenings are beginning to feel more like fall–the air has a little bit of a chill, and the sun sits a little lower these days. It was a beautiful night to enjoy good food with friends.
Toasted Cashews with Rosemary and Shallots
—-I like to make these during the fall, and especially around the holidays when you want a little something to put in a bowl for nibbling when friends stop by.
5 cups cashews
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 small shallots, peeled
3 cloves garlic, peeled, sliced thin
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread cashews out in a single layer on large baking sheet. Toast until the nuts are golden and fragrant, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a large bowl, and set aside. Thinly slice shallots crosswise and separate into rings. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic; fry until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the shallots and garlic to paper towel lined plate; set aside.
Add melted butter, shallots, garlic, rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, and salt to bowl with toasted cashews, tossing well to coat with mixture. Serve warm, or at room temperature.
Makes 5 cups
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon minced shallots
1 clove garlic, mined
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspon pepper
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
Off to the concert—-and what a show it was! We sat in the red zone, inner circle surrounding the stage. —Proceeds from these tickets go to U2 endorsed charities–definitely worth the price of admission, and feels good to know our enjoyment of the concert helped those in need.