Toasting nuts before using them in a recipe intensifies their flavor. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350° for 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Be sure to watch them carefully so they don't burn.
My husband is from the Midwest and grew up eating fried catfish. This dish is one of his favorites, and yet the rich, toasty pecans and tangy citrus are a perfect complement to any fish. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Adding a refreshing salad to the spread is a snap with Brenda Moore James' recipe. "The water chestnuts, almonds, celery and chow mein noodles provide lots of crunch," she notes from her home at Livermore, California. "Topping it all is a sweet-sour dressing my family loves."