Forget the stale peanuts at your local dive bar. Nuts, once the cheap fodder of happy hours across the land, are now considered haute health food. Except when they’re all tarted up with tasty Southern flair—think bourbon pecans and spicy rosemary cashews. This Lady’s Artisan Eats, launched last September by Susie Lenhard of Sycamore Township, capitalizes on cocktail nut recipes she once gave as hostess gifts to friends.
Lenhard triple roasts pecans with bourbon, brown sugar, and a kick of cayenne—scrumptious by the handful, they meet their ultimate indulgent match when sprinkled over vanilla ice cream. While her buttery rosemary cashews wouldn’t be out of place at a sporting event, they also make a decadent crust for boneless chicken breasts. Lenhard’s artisanal nuts, $7 for a bag, are the result of multiple taste tests and recipe tweaks. They’re available at 19 area locations (we bought ours at The Booksellers on Fountain Square), as well as her website. Eat, drink, and go nuts!
Originally published in the February 2015 issue.
Photograph by Anna Jones/OMS