The bar at King Louie's used to be one of our favorite haunts for cocktails. So cozy with exposed brick walls, amber lighting, and an ornate wooden bar. The bartender was a friendly guy who reminded us a little of Elvis Costello. The cocktails were gigantic, but, most importantly, dry and not diluted with floating ice crystals. The bar also served salty, sweet nuts seasoned with fresh rosemary, which led me to try this recipe when I spotted it in The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook.
I recently re-visited the recipe as a vegan, and substituting Earth Balance Buttery Sticks rather than butter worked just fine. The fragrant rosemary is combined with brown sugar, salt, and melted "buttery" Earth Balance, then stirred with four types of toasted nuts. The pecans and pinenuts are a must! These nuts add a little something special to happy hour, and make a wonderful gift at the holidays or for any occasion.
By the way, repairs are in process for our ceiling. Thanks everyone for the good thoughts!