Balsamic Almond Butter Dressing

salad with bottle of dressing

Was your New Year’s resolution to eat more vegetables? Yeah, mine was, too. The latest Food Pyramid guide recommends 3-5 servings of vegetables a day! And, certainly, every nutritionist agrees that the simple change of eating more vegetables is good for everything from heart health to weight loss. Unfortunately, I feel doomed to fail at […]

Posted on January 28th, 2020

Spicy Gumbo with Almond Butter

It’s stew season! And if you like your stew on the spicy side, you’ll love this recipe from New Orleans. This fragrant and colorful gumbo is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter evening. Traditionally made with meat, I like soy sausage in this for a more heart-healthy vegan treat. Spicy Gumbo […]

Posted on January 14th, 2020

Chocolate Almond Coffee Cake (Recipe)

Chocolate Almond Coffee Cake

New Year’s Day! The start of a brand new year, new beginnings, a new start. I usually begin every year with resolutions, but this year I think I need to start with just a little more rest. Luckily, enjoying life is a perfectly great resolution, too! And, for me, one of my great pleasures is […]

Posted on January 1st, 2020

Italian Fruitcake with Marsala Sauce

Italian fruitcake

Fruitcake? Everyone’s least favorite dessert? The object of ridicule derided as a brick every Christmas season? Apparently, you’ve never had the homemade alcohol-laced versions I grew up with! Today’s recipe, I will admit, is not the one I remember enjoying—that recipe is long gone. But today’s recipe, provided courtesy of the Almond Board of California, […]

Posted on December 26th, 2019

Raspberry Almond Trifle (Recipe)

English Trifle always strikes me as such a festive and fancy dessert. It’s made with fruit, a layer of sponge cake soaked in sherry or wine, and topped with a layer of custard and perhaps whipped cream. Today’s recipe created by Pastry Chef Jenny McCoy, Co-Founder of Cissé Gourmet Baking Mixes, is equally impressive. But […]

Posted on December 5th, 2019

Almond Crusted Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Almond Crusted Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Is it really Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? Not for me! And it’s probably one of my favorite desserts. The only thing that makes me happier is one of my mother’s famous cheesecakes! But what if you could combine pumpkin pie and cheesecake in one delicious treat? Thanksgiving nirvana! That’s what this recipe for Almond Crusted […]

Posted on November 25th, 2019

Five Spice Apple and Almond Wontons (Recipe)

Five Spice Apple and Almond Wontons

Here’s something different — and delightful — for your next holiday party. I love wonton soup and wonton appetizers but this recipe takes the concept of wontons, turns it on its head, and knocks it out of the park! Filled with apples and chopped almonds and flavored with five spice powder and a little brandy […]

Posted on November 12th, 2019

Sweet Potato Almond Chipotle Soup (Recipe)

Sweet Potato Almond Chipotle Soup

Weather is always a little unpredictable at this time of year in Chico. It seems like it can’t decide whether it’s summer, winter or fall! Today as I write this blog post, for instance, it is definitely summer! I’m wearing my lightest sundress and have all the windows in the house open. Last week I […]

Posted on October 28th, 2019

Pumpkin Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe)

Pumpkin Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

OMG, it’s pumpkin spice season already! I’m not a huge fan of all things pumpkin spice . . . but I do love pumpkin! Something about that orange squash just makes my mouth water! Add a little cinnamon and nutmeg (or pumpkin spice) and I pretty much HAVE to have some! But given that it’s […]

Posted on October 24th, 2019

Hearty Apple Almond Oatmeal (Recipe)

apple almond oatmeal

It’s apple season! And that is actually my favorite time of year. I am a fan of practically everything made of apples—apple pie, apple cider, apple fritters. And this is also the time of year when I break out the oatmeal. I particularly love old-fashioned steel cut whole grain oatmeal that has a nutty texture […]

Posted on October 15th, 2019