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I discovered Patti’s Rosemary Roasted Nuts at the checkout counter. These crisp, perfectly seasoned nuts taste better than my homemade version (which is a problem, as I am likely to eat half of the bag on the way home), and they’re packaged in pretty jars and hostess-gift-worthy bags.
Patti’s Granola can make a convert out of just about anyone, even if you’re the sort who has previously thought of granola as sort of bird-seedy (raises hand). Patti Heimbold makes small batches of the stuff with hand-chopped almonds, cinnamon, and dried cranberries. The only downfall is that you’ll be inspired to eat it in quantities that render it no longer healthy. It also makes an excellent ice cream topping, and she makes oven-roasted Rosemary Nuts that also have a cult following. You won’t be able to contemplate your next wine party without them. Get them at multiple local markets, or order them online.
Like many other food product start-ups, Patti Heimbold relies upon farmers markets to sell her granola, a recipe she packages under the Patti’s label, using Minnesota-raised organic oats. “You spend all this time working hard in the kitchen and you’re thinking, ‘Now why am I doing this?’ ” she said with a laugh. “But then you get to meet so many interesting people. It’s the face-to-face interaction and the feedback. You get to hear people say, ‘I love this granola.’ That’s the fun part for me.