This Independence Day, Celebrate Family Farms

Family farms are so important! In fact, according to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the USDA, more than 90% of farms in the U.S. are classified as small family farms. That’s a lot of family love grown into our food supply. But due to factors that include climate change, giant agribusiness and […]

Posted on July 2nd, 2020

Make Your Own Pizza with Maisie Jane’s and Sutter Buttes

Sutter Buttes Pizza Crust Kit

Did you know that you can buy many of the wonderful locally made gourmet foodie treats we have at our country store in Chico, CA online? The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to put our country store items online for the first time and we’re glad we did. Apparently, people now think that shopping over the […]

Posted on June 25th, 2020

One Pan Breakfast Banana Cake with Almond Sauce (Recipe)

Banana Cake with Almond Cake

What’s your favorite thing for breakfast? Mine is some kind of waffle or pancake with bananas mixed in. It smells so good when those bananas heat up, I just can’t wait to dig in. And in recent years I’ve added to the nutrition and taste with Maisie Jane’s Almond Butter heated and drizzled on top.  […]

Posted on June 23rd, 2020

Using Almonds to Go Gluten-Free

gluten free

Do you need to watch your diet because of celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity? Or perhaps, like me, do you gain weight with every bagel or slice of bread and want to see what giving up simple carbs (which are frequently gluten-rich) will do? In that case, almonds could be your new best friend. […]

Posted on June 4th, 2020

Snacking with Almonds

California Bounty Box

I need to up my snacking game. Somehow under the spell of pandemic lockdown too many store bought cookies wound up in my house! So now I’m in semi-regret. They were good but I don’t even dare step on the scale. Luckily, I know how healthy almonds and almond butter are. But I need some […]

Posted on May 28th, 2020

Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe)

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today’s recipe comes courtesy of our friends at Blissful Basil, the place to go for wonderful, healthy, plant-based recipes! I got a kick out of her reason for not including this recipe in her cookbook: “Does the world really need another chocolate chip cookie recipe?” Well, maybe not, but a vegan almond butter chocolate chip cookie? Sure! […]

Posted on May 21st, 2020

Almond Blondies (Recipe)

Almond Blonies

Blondies were a childhood favorite of mine. I was one of those weird kids who preferred them to brownies! And I especially loved it when I got to help make them and added whatever fun ingredients we had in the house. These days I prefer healthier additions than I would have chosen back then—there are […]

Posted on May 7th, 2020

Thai Quinoa Bowl

Thai Quinoa Bowl

Okay, we’ve all been binging on carbs and Tiger King for awhile now. I don’t know about you but for me, it’s a beautiful day and it’s time to get off the couch! I need a little fresh air and sunshine—at a safe social distance—and something healthier to eat! And whenever I think of “healthier […]

Posted on April 21st, 2020

Almond Cheesecake Swirl Brownies (Recipe)

Almond Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Feeling a bit stressed? It’s time to get baking! Apparently, baking to relieve stress is a thing now. It keeps your mind focused on what you’re doing and not on the news. It lets you work with your hands and relax your mind while enjoying the sight and smells of items so many of us […]

Posted on March 30th, 2020

Spiced Apple Nut Muffins (Recipe)

Spiced Apple Nut Muffins

Today, I mined my own personal cookbook where I have handwritten recipes written down from various friends from years ago. It was a wonderful nostalgia trip, and over and over I kept thinking “why haven’t made this recipe lately?” But now that we’re all thinking about staying closer to home it seems like the perfect […]

Posted on March 19th, 2020