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The Perils of Curry

January 25, 2013

How NOT to Sell Your House, Tip #1: Do not, I repeat, NOT cook anything containing Indian spices if you are trying to sell your house. The smell (which is wonderfully intoxicating while you’re actually cooking and eating) will linger for a week, possibly longer. You may like it, but trust me when I tell you that it is off-putting to potential buyers. And it kinda just plain STINKS after 3-4 days.

Here’s what I was making when I made this discovery:

Curried Cashews

  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons curry powder, 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 6 cups unsalted cashews

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250°F. Whisk liquid and seasoning in a large bowl. Add nuts; toss to coat (if you use salted nuts, omit added salt). Divide among 2 large rimmed baking sheets; spread in an even layer

Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until dry, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2013 11:24 am

    I think I read somewhere that you’re supposed to bake chocolate chip cookies before people come to see the house, because they smell so homey. Give that a try next time!

  2. January 25, 2013 11:33 am

    I’ve been making more dishes with Indian spices lately and I agree that it smells insanely good while you’re cooking and eating it. Two hours later, I’ll return from a before-bed dog walk and my house smells like FEET. Despite that, you’d have to pry my cumin from my cold, dead hands (that smell like feet).

  3. January 25, 2013 11:59 am

    I usually have some sort of cinnamon-y thing baking or burning (candle) before a showing. I just happened to make the Indian stuff one random day (no showing scheduled), and realized that I need to never do that again. Cumin is awesome, until it’s not.

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