Breakfast buffet: National cashew day
November 22nd, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Try not to go nuts - November 22 is National Cashew Day!

So, Thanksgiving is getting closer and maybe you're not sure how everything is going to get done and the whole situation could be making you feel a little nutty - never fear! Not only is Eatocracy here with your survival guide for the big day, you've also got protein-packed cashews to keep you going so you won't pass out cold on the kitchen floor.

You can munch on these slightly sweet nuts by themselves, roast and salt 'em up good or roll them around in sugar or chocolate. You can also garnish or grind them up in a curry, stir them into a pastry or season your favorite Chinese and Thai dishes with these flavorful nuts.

Want to include your favorite snack in your holiday baking scheme? Try Thai cashew brittle to liven up your traditional spread!

The funny thing about cashews is that they grow on the end of an "accessory fruit." Far from being the latest thing you should be seen wearing this season, this false fruit called the cashew apple resembles an inverted heart and bears the actual boxing-glove shaped cashew "seed," known as a drupe, on the end.

Just remember to snack on some cashews if you feel a bit testy in the kitchen, and don't put up your dukes or dig out the boxing gloves unless it's absolutely necessary.

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