Based on The Boston Globe, 2005 November 20
Set the oven at 300 degrees. Have on hand a rimmed baking sheet.
Mix the rosemary with the cayenne pepper, sugar, nutmeg, and salt.
In a skillet, heat the oil. Add the margarine, and when it melts, stir in the rosemary mixture. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the pecans and stir to coat them all over. Transfer the nuts to the baking sheet to make one layer. Roast them, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Remove the nuts from the oven and set them aside to cool. Serve at once or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
The Least Successful Collector
Betsy Baker played a central role in the history of collecting. She
was employed as a servant in the house of John Warburton (1682-1759) who had
amassed a fine collection of 58 first edition plays, including most of the
works of Shakespeare.
One day Warburton returned home to find 55 of them charred beyond
legibility. Betsy had either burned them or used them as pie bottoms. The
remaining three folios are now in the British Museum.
The only comparable literary figure was the maid who in 1835 burned
the manuscript of the first volume of Thomas Carlyle's "The Hisory of the
French Revolution", thinking it was wastepaper.
-- Stephen Pile, "The Book of Heroic Failures"
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