It's no secret that the so-called "secret ingredient" in many of my favorite recipes is toasted nuts. While my preferred method of toasting them is via the oven, there are times when I just need a small handful, say for a tasty salad at lunch -- like this Wendy's knock-off apple pecan chicken salad.
When that hankering hits, rather than fire up the oven, I turn to my microwave for a quick and easy mini batch of toasted nuts.
See -- easy, huh? Microwave-toasted nuts won't brown as much, and as a result I think they're slightly less flavorful, but the time and energy savings make this a good tradeoff for small amounts.
What's your preferred method for toasting nuts?