A simple but a decidedly winter treat. We make these once every year around christmas time. It's one of those foods you start seeing on grocery store displays that tells you the holiday season is here. If not eaten whole they can be used in rice dishes, stuffings, breads and baked goods.
1 lb chestnuts
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Using a sharp knife, cut an X in each chestnut, about 1/8 of an inch deep, through the skin. Bake chestnuts on a rimmed baking sheet or skillet for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully peel off shells and papery skin before eating.