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Snack & Gift these Sweet & Spicy Nuts

Apr 2022

Take it Away, Jen!

Jen's recipe

Jen Cerny, a former partner in Stircrazy Catering, began Take It Away, a specialized catering service, in the first year of the pandemic. She offers creative, delicious food that brings clients back again and again.

Jen has generously supported Porridge for Parkinson’s since 2013 and is currently a co-chair of the organizing committee. This year, she contributed delicious sweet and spicy nuts to our November brunch delivery.  These are great snacks with drinks— chop them up and add them to a salad.

Sweet and Spicy Nuts

8 cups of mixed unsalted nuts — use any combination of your favourites

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder

4 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves, divided

Kosher salt, canola oil


Pre-heat oven to 350F. Generously brush a 9” x 12” baking sheet with canola oil.

In a large bowl, mix together the maple syrup, brown sugar, orange juice, and chipotle powder, along with 2 TBSP oil.

Toss together with nuts, sprinkle with 2 TBSP chopped rosemary and 2 tsp kosher salt.

Bake for 25–30 minutes, giving them a stir halfway through.

Remove from the oven and toss with another 2 TBSP rosemary and 2 tsp salt.

Let cool on pan but keep moving them around every few minutes so they don’t stick!

Follow Take It Away on Instagram @takeitaway.jen

Jen’s delicious Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Jen Cerny

Jen Cerny

Take it Away

Porridge for Parkinson's 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022

After 20 years working in finance, Jen decided to study pastry and baking arts—when she saw the rack of rolling pins, she knew she was in the right place. In addition to donating her culinary talent to Porridge for Parkinson's events, Jen has been a committee member since 2013 and co-chair since 2017.

Instagram: @takeitaway.jen