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

Cashew Butter Maple Fudge (Recipe)

Cashew Butter Maple Fudge with Dried Fruit

Do you love fudge? It is one of the most popular desserts in the United States! That’s probably because it is one the easiest candy-like desserts you could make. You could do it the traditional way and make a sugar syrup, heated to just the right temperature, cool and beat it until it thickens. But […]

Posted on October 3rd, 2019

Almond Macarons with Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Almond macarons

I LOVE macarons! Light and sweet meringue-like round cookie sandwiches with any number of fillings in between are just perfect with a cup of espresso for an afternoon splurge. Also known as French macaroons, they let me pretend to be at a Parisian cafe instead of at one of my favorite local bakeries in Chico. […]

Posted on September 24th, 2019

Sweet and Salty Almond Breakfast Bars (Recipe)

Sweet and Salty Almond Breakfast Bars

Here’s a healthy treat that’s easy to take with you if you’re running late to work some morning. Pastry Chef Jenny McCoy, of Craft in New York City, created these Sweet and Salty Almond Breakfast Bars for the Almond Board of California. They’re filled with tasty and good for you almonds, seeds and almond butter […]

Posted on September 12th, 2019

Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

ice cream cone

Summertime is ice cream time but what if you can’t (or don’t want to) eat dairy? Maisie Jane’s award-winning Cashew Butter to the rescue! Yes, I did say “award-winning.” Our smooth and creamy, naturally sweet cashew butter was voted “Best” by a Good Housekeeping Magazine taste test this past February! Have you tried cashew butter […]

Posted on September 2nd, 2019

How to Save Dinner with Almond Butter

Vegetables and noodles with almond sauce

A few nights ago I wanted something healthy but was feeling too lazy (and hungry!) to go grocery shopping. I found some chicken in the freezer and a few not-very-inspiring vegetables in the crisper. It would be healthy, I guess, but BORING! Not enough variety in the veggies and not enough flavor to suit my […]

Posted on August 22nd, 2019

Chile Honey Almond Chicken Kebabs

Almond Chicken Kebabs

Here’s a grown-up version of a dinner treat I loved as a kid: chicken fingers on a stick! How fun is that? It’s the perfect dinner idea for summer if you ask me. But this version is made with a crushed almond and breadcrumb coating and served with a spicy but sweet dipping sauce so […]

Posted on August 13th, 2019