I think something (may be cooking time) has to be wrong with this recipe. Follow the instructions perfectly but after 15 minutes the kitchen was full of smoke!!
From EatingWell: November/December 2010
Chinese five-spice powder is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns; it adds subtle flavor to these pistachios. Look for it in the spice section at the market or with other Asian ingredients. Omit the added salt if you use salted pistachios.