My father was someone who enjoyed life and good food. Though not an an avid cook, he did on more than one occasion make a pretty mean steak stir-fry when we were kids.
Nonetheless, my father was definitely a foodie in his own right. He enjoyed things like simply going to the grocery store, walking up and down each aisle, looking, browsing, becoming intrigued by the new and different products that would catch his attention. Setting his dietary restrictions aside, he especially loved it when stores had new food products to promote so he could try out the free samples (an activity I too enjoy doing, by the way)!
I started to think about which food I most associated my dad with. Peanuts kept flooding my brain. Sure he loved eating dishes from all sorts of cultures and was open to trying new things, but the one consistent staple item my father always seemed to be munching on was peanuts. Peanuts while watching TV, peanuts while reading the paper, peanuts while just sitting in his favorite chair and relaxing.
Feel free to adjust the spices according to your taste buds. I mixed a jar (about 3 and 1/2 cups), of roasted, unsalted peanuts (I used Planter's), with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon chili powder, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl. Toss these together until the peanuts are evenly coated with the oil and spices, then spread the peanuts out on a cookie sheet, and place in a preheated 250 degree oven for around 30 minutes. Allow the peanuts to cool completely. You can store these in an airtight container once they have cooled.