When they are in my mouth, I can't tell the difference.
Sure, one is pleasantly salty while the other is, well, hopefully plain.
I'm talking about pumpkin seeds and fingernails.
Come on, we've all chewed off a nail or two.
You know how those nails feel in your mouth?
When you look for the nearest tissue box or garbage can?
It is the same with my indigestible pumpkin seeds,
Every year I try a new recipe, most which claim to be "tried and true."
I've gleaned, rinsed, dried/not dried.
I've seasoned, oiled, or buttered.
I've boiled, slow roasted, or flash baked.
They always turned out like fingernails.
Only well seasoned with sea salt, and slightly more nutritious.
Admittedly, I've had some tasty batches, once cooled, right from of the oven.
But to keep them longer than 12 hours means goodbye crispy, hello chewy.
Why, I asked myself this week, do I go through this painstaking, messy process every Halloween?
To pass on the nostalgia of unsuccessful pumpkin seed baking to my own kids?
Not a good enough reason.
Please remind me next year that it ain't worth it.
And pass me the Halloween candy.