Almond Cheesecake Spread with Berries

I’ve had vegan cheesecake before and absolutely loved it. The sweetness. The creamy, satisfying mouth-feel. The sweetness. The toothsome crust. Did I mention the sweetness? But oh, the sugar. I’m really, really, really trying to watch my processed sugar intake. But my sweet tooth won’t hear of not having a variety of summer dessert options. […]

Posted on July 9th, 2020

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

Clean-Out-the-Fridge Chicken, Summer Fruit and Almond Salad

Mmm, summer fruits. Just add chicken. And almonds. And salad greens.

Every June when the stone fruits ripen, I get so excited, I tend to over-buy at the farmer’s market. The result is, we now have a fridge full of colorful berries and all manner of ready-to-eat peaches, plums, pluots, apricots and nectarines. I could freeze much of it for yummy smoothies, but…there’s also that leftover […]

Posted on June 30th, 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

Last Call for Shipping in Time for Father’s Day!

man drinking coffee

Today is the last day to order gifts to be delivered in time for Father’s Day! We can’t guarantee it because Covid-19 has changed the shape of online shopping and delivery—there are more things being bought online than ever before! But chances are good (especially for locations west of the Rockies) that if you order […]

Posted on June 15th, 2020

Gluten Free Almond Brownies (Recipe)

Gluten-Free Almond Brownies

Today’s recipe was created by Tina Haupert, for the Almond Board of California. The reason it caught my eye is because when I went low carb and gluten-free a few years ago I really enjoyed some of the recipes I tried using almond flour and I really love brownies. I don’t know if you could […]

Posted on June 11th, 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

Steak Fajita Salad with Seasoned Almonds

Steak Fajita Salad

Have you ever checked out the wonderful selection of flavored almonds that Maisie Jane’s carries? So many delicious choices! I usually think of them as the perfect snack but, honestly, I’d be neglecting my duties to never tell you about how to use them to turn a humdrum recipe into something special. And today’s recipe […]

Posted on June 2nd, 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

The Universe Smells Like Burnt Almonds

Almond blossoms in space

You never know what strange things you will find on a waltz around the Internet. Today, in search of a blog post idea I thought that today’s topic was starting out to be quite the mystery. So I typed “mystery” and “almonds” into Google to see what would come up. Boy, was that a ride! […]

Posted on May 14th, 2020