Bring In the Wealth of Pistachios

Pistachios

Did you know that if you dream of eating pistachios that you’re dreaming about wealth or prosperity? Yup! Especially if you come from the Middle East, the region where pistachios originated, eating pistachios is associated with blessings of all sorts. If the pistachio is mature, it could mean easy money is coming your way. If […]

Posted on March 15th, 2019

Tomato and Mushroom Cognac Chicken with Crunchy Garlic Polenta

Cognac Chicken with Crunchy Herbed Polenta

I love chicken dinners. It can be comfort food, especially in winter, simply broiled or fried with string beans and mashed potatoes. Or it can be the jumping off place for something truly inspired. Today’s recipe could be both! It is fancy enough for a special dinner but so easy to make, you might just […]

Posted on March 12th, 2019

It’s California Arbor Day

Almond Grove in Bloom

We’re celebrating trees on the blog today! We celebrate Arbor Day in California on March 7th in honor of horticulturist Luther Burbank’s birthday. Did you know that Luther Burbank got his start in the field when he chose the almond as the rootstock to fulfill a commission from an investor who wanted to cash in […]

Posted on March 7th, 2019

What’s for Breakfast? Nut Butter!

Pancakes drizzled with Almond Butter

For me, nut butters have become part of my perfect breakfast! They’re nutritious—full of protein, vitamins, minerals and helpful fiber and fats. But who am I kidding, that’s not the only reason I eat them! Have you tried Maisie Jane’s new line of flavored handcrafted nut butters yet? They’re delicious! More like dessert than something […]

Posted on February 28th, 2019

Making the Most of Every Part of an Almond Crop (Almond Coproducts)

Almonds Cracking Open in July and August

Here at Maisie Jane’s we believe in using every part of the almonds we harvest. Did you know that almond orchards actually produce four different coproducts? There’s the kernels we eat, the almond hulls (frequently used to feed livestock), the shells (used for livestock bedding and as a fuel source) and the trees themselves when they are […]

Posted on February 26th, 2019

Maisie Jane’s Cashew Butter is a Winner!

Creamy Cashew Butter

We’re so excited! Our Maisie Jane’s Creamy Cashew Butter has been declared a taste test winner by Good Housekeeping magazine! The results were published in the February 2019 on page 51! Well then, this is the perfect time to talk about what’s great about cashew butter. Years ago—long before I ever tasted any nut butter besides […]

Posted on February 7th, 2019

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for a Local Sweetheart (or One Far Away)

Maisie Jane's parents celebrating

Valentine’s Day is usually a day we imagine we’ll be celebrating together with someone we love. You plan a romantic dinner, pick up some flowers and maybe a last minute gift on the way to their door. But if you like to plan ahead or your loved one is currently living far away, it’s not […]

Posted on January 31st, 2019

Make Nuts Part of Your Plant-Rich Diet Plan

bowl of cashews

The benefits of adopting a plant-rich diet has been in the news a lot these days. Although there has been a swing in recent years to low carb diet plans, common wisdom before that was to reduce meat and dairy consumption to help lose weight, support heart health, and lower cholesterol. What’s the truth? It’s […]

Posted on January 29th, 2019

Snacking in the New Year

Almonds and Oranges Snack

I commit to eating healthy this year and ENJOYING it! How about you? I learned something recently. Trying to make myself work at things when I’m off the clock doesn’t motivate me nearly as well as intending to enjoy doing the exact same thing. That means I look forward to it instead of thinking of […]

Posted on January 15th, 2019

Orangutans Love Maisie Jane’s Nut Butters—No Palm Oil!

orangutan

Here’s another reason to love Maisie Jane’s nut butters: we don’t add palm oil to any of our products! And that should make the orangutans happy because the big demand for palm oil has led to the destruction of their natural habitat. In various parts of the world—Indonesia in particular—the natural landscape has been clearcut […]

Posted on January 8th, 2019