Just Mama and I went to the farmer's market this morning - it's usually a family affair. It was chilly, so there were fewer people there than usual. This is the latest in the year that I've ever been to a farmer's market (it's October, people!), and I was not expecting all the produce that was available! Kale is back, and there are still tomatoes, potatoes, onions, apples, and others. This bag of chestnuts came home to wait for Christmas. We tried roasting a few on the fire now. You know, for practice.
Cut a shallow slit in the side with a serrated knife.
It should open up a bit, like this, if you squeeze it. Carefully lay them in the coals (cooler ones, not red, as they'll burn), and leave them there for 5-10 minutes. When the crack gets wide, take them out (don't burn yourself!), put them in a bowl, and cover with a cloth for another 5-10 minutes. This steams them a bit, and makes them more tender.
Peel and eat. They were so sweet! Yet another reason to love cool weather.
Note to self: Own a chestnut tree some day.