NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s never a dull moment for chef Ryan Scott, the host of “Food Rush” on the Live Well network.

He’s taken viewers along for the ride as he’s done everything from prepare a charity dinner using only ingredients from a McDonald’s, to making homemade Twinkies.

Chef Scott visited the Couch on Wednesday to show us a handy recipe to liven up your party snacks.

Check out his recipes below:

Sugar and Spice Pepitas

Yields: 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy, but you need to carefully follow the instructions so the nuts separate and don’t stick together


Non-stick vegetable oil spray

2 cups pepitas, shelled and raw

½ cup sugar

1 large egg white, beaten until frothy

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon cumin

Dash of cayenne pepper to taste.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray baking sheet liberally with nonstick spray.

Mix all dry ingredients, except pepitas in a small bowl.

Toss pepitas in a large bowl with the egg white until completely coated.

Coat the pepitas with the dry ingredients.

Spread the pepitas in a SINGLE layer on baking sheet.

Bake until pepitas are golden and DRY, stirring occasionally, making sure the nuts arent sticking, about 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool on parchment paper in a single layer.

Separate the pepitas with a fork while they are warm. Cool.

The pepitas will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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