Sweet and Spicy Walnuts
1/2 lb walnut halves and pieces
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1-1/2 tbs vegetable oil
Fine salt
Place the nuts in a large heat-proof bowl. Cover them with boiling water and let sit for a minute or so. (Alternately, you can bring a pot of water to a boil and add the nuts.)
Drain and pour back into the bowl.
Mix the sugar and cayenne and pour over the nuts. Add the oil and mix well. The sugar will dissolve and form a syrup.

Spread the nuts out onto a rimmed baking sheet spreading them out into a single layer as much as possible.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so. You want them to get deep golden brown. Start checking them at 25 minutes, but they can sometimes take much longer.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle heavily with salt. Let cool and remove from pan. These can be stored for a week or so in an airtight container, or they freeze for months.