Caesar Roasted Nuts… AND… my first video!

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First things first… THANK YOU to all of you who left comments wishing me a speedy recovery. My fever has now broken and besides from an intermittent, hacking cough that sounds worse than it feels, I am just about back to 100%–which meant one thing and one thing only–I went back to my kitchen today! To celebrate having enough energy to cook again, this evening, I made roasted garlic grits, Italian roasted peas, roasted garlic “chik’n” Parmesan, and these lovely Caesar Roasted Nuts. All of the dishes, sans the grits, used Newman’s Own products (stay tuned to Como Water for the remaining recipes!).

As part of the’s Tastemaker’s program, I was selected to receive an assortment of Newman’s Own products. But that’s not all! They also provided a Flip video camera and encouraged us to make videos to accompany our dishes! SUPER exciting! So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you my first video! Well, it’s actually two videos, because I didn’t realize that shutting the camera off and turning it back on would create two different files. (I’m still new at this! :D)…. So without further ado!

(Special shout out to DG whose steady hand was in charge of the Flip camera and to my brother Keith, for coming through–yet again–and helping me get the video embedded into this post).

Making the video was SO much fun! I think this could get addicting :D.  (I’ve already talked to my friend Adam–one of the best video editors I know, and he agreed to do some video editing for me in exchange for food! Consider yourselves warned :)). I hope y’all liked the video and I also hope that you try these Caesar Roasted Cashews and Pepitas! Soooooooo much flavor comes from the Newman’s Own dressing, and finished with a bit of zest and cheese, these nuts would be great at a cocktail party or served over a salad or warm winter soup!

Caesar Roasted Nuts (Printable Recipe)


1/2 cup raw pepitas

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/3 cup Newman’s Own Light Caesar Dressing

lemon zest

Parmesan cheese (optional)

salt/pepper (optional)


*Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Add nuts and dressing to pan. Roast uncovered for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with fresh lemon zest and Parmesan cheese.

(p.s… I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway mentioned in my last post. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow evening, which gives you one more day to enter!!!)

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Aww I didnt know you were feeling sick, this is how behind on everyones posts I am. Great video!! I love seasoned nuts- yum!

  2. Tiffany….I feel like I haven’t visited in a while….so sorry….I’ve been in the Foodbuzz weeds and just now working my way out! I’m sorry you were under the weather but glad you are on the mend. These nuts look amazing! I would never have thought to dress the nuts like this…but that picture is so inviting! Sorry…there was no video for me to see. : ( But I will check back later! Hope you have a WONDERFUL week! : )

  3. I just saw you!!! 🙂 YAY!!! It was a bit like being there in your kitchen with you!!! 🙂 THANK YOU for sharing these videos! It was so nice to see you and hear your voice! I loved the suggestion of serving these nuts on a salad… with goats cheese… irresistible!

  4. Yay & yum for video and Newman Nuts!! 😀

  5. Great to hear that you feel better now and back to cooking with a simple and lovely recipe from the products you received.

  6. Glad to hear you’re better now! Well done on your very first video!

  7. Sorry to hear you weren’t well. The videos are great, cool stuff from Newman’s Own. I am a huge nut fan so this is right up my alley.

  8. Interesting to use caesar dressing for nuts. I could not see the video unfortunately, its probably some setting on my computer

  9. I had trouble with the video too. However the nuts do look delicious, a great party snack. Nice blend of flavors-yum!

  10. How incredibly cool to see and hear you and I love your t-shirt. These roasted nuts would be great on a salad and you’ve given me an idea for seasoning the nuts I plan to make. I’d been buying jarred nuts for the Mr. and I until I read the ingredients and country of origin. It’s time for me to get even busier in the kitchen and support our farmers. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more videos.

  11. Glad you’re feeling better. The nuts look like they would make a great party snack.

  12. Go Tiff! Your first video!!!! Well done. The nuts look so good and definitely easy enough for folks like me to make:-)

  13. Wow! Wow! Wow! First things first, I’m glad you’re feeling better. I think we may have had the same thing… my son and daughter have been very ill too so it’s been pretty yucky at our house. The hacking cough is the pits… right!! Well, good to hear you’re better! Now onto the big news… your video!! You did awesome!! You spoke clearly and did such a good job. I would have been so nervous. I don’t know why, but put a camera in my face and I get stage fright. LOL! How awesome Newman’s gave you a flip camera to do this… you did a fabulous job too! Looking forward to many more videos… you are made for the camera my dear!!! 🙂

  14. Interesting recipe, I’ve never used salad dressing to roast nuts with!
    So glad to hear you’re getting better! 🙂

  15. So glad to hear you’re doing better!

    Those nuts sound like a great party snack for the season. Who doesn’t like ranch?!

  16. Awww. Firstly, aren’t you adorable! Secondly, these look super easy and super tasty. Can’t wait to see more videos.

  17. Congrats on the first video/s:)) You look adorable, and got to say love your cute shirt!
    Awesome videos, and I love what you did with those seeds, very creative!!!
    Wishing you fantastic week ahead!!!

  18. Yay! AWESOME JOB!!!!! If I had a video camera in my face I’d be all “uuummm…..” and *blank stare* but you are a total pro! Cute shirt, too 🙂

  19. Congrats on being selected for the Tastemaker’s Program! Fantastic job with the video too! You’ve made making this roasted nut so simple and appetizing! Great job! =)

  20. Love the recipe and the video!! Keep ’em coming!

  21. Nice videos, keep them coming! The caesar dressing is something I never thought about combining with nuts, but it looks wonderful! A really creative idea, I like it 🙂

  22. So glad you feeling better! And I loved the video! My sound is currently broken on my computer but it was fun to watch anyways- you’re so pretty!

  23. Man! I’ve been so out of it, I didn’t even know you were sick. Good to know you’re feeling better. Congrats on your first video. Nicely done!

  24. Love the T-shirt! 🙂 Nice to see you and hear you. Cool. Sorry you were ill. Hey, tomorrow I will put up a podcast on my blog that I did with Jimmy Moore and you can hear my voice – although my dear sweet hubby who has the gift of the gab probably spoke 70% of the time. LOL I didn’t mind.

  25. Glad to know that you’re feeling better, Tiff. Been sick as well that’s why I haven’t been here the past weeks.
    Nice video you have there! Great job…can’t believe it was just your first! 😉

  26. Those sound delicious! You are SUCH a cutie patootie and I’m glad you’re feeling better! Nice video(s)!

  27. Great video, and I love the t shirt! You come across really natural & confident, well done. Glad you’re feeling better, I’m going to check out your giveaway now, I’m so behind!!

  28. Tiffany! Long time no see! I’m so happy I didn’t miss this post, seriously! Your first video clip is awesome. I have no guts to try videotaping myself… hehee. I love your Como Water shirt and business card.

  29. Way to go, Tiffany! So glad to hear you’re back to your own self again – and boy, what a comeback. The video(s) are fabulous – and bravo for a first try. You’re a natural. Super to see you in person, as it were (felt like I was just next to you, standing with glass of wine in hand, btw.) Great recipe – I’d sprinkle it on just about anything. Love all your gear, too.

  30. Tiffany! I love your video! You are a natural!

  31. Tiffany, this is so cool, you look great, love the video:)
    Here you can see me in my new video, thanks for looking

  32. Glad you are feeling better and what a great idea!!

  33. Happy to see you !! You did a fantastic video and you are so cute with your como water t-shirt (I would to make something similar with my logo, maybe an apron :))!! Never tried the Newman’s Own Light Caesar Dressing but your dish look so good! Baci

  34. The dish looks great. I think I’ll try it with a homemade dressing. The Newman’s has anchovies it.

  35. Tiffany! You’re totally a real person now! You at you being all fabulous and rocking those roasted nuts like a professional. Remember me when you’re a big star on the food network please 🙂

  36. I LOVE your videos! I will be heading over to friend you on YouTube…

  37. You all ROCK! You made me feel so special 😀

  38. Hi Tiffany,
    Bravo! I loved the video, your T-shirt, your business card–very nice. And what an easy snack you created. It’s too easy not to try. It’s on my list for Superbowl Sunday!