Certified Kosher? What’s That?

With summer coming to a close, it’s almost time for people around the world to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish new year. It’s a holiday marked by special prayers, family gatherings, festive meals and—yum!—sweet foods like eggy challah bread and apples dipped in honey. Nuts and fruits are nearly always present […]

Posted on August 4th, 2020

DIY Trail Mix for Back to School and Beyond!

I love to make my own trail mix. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought trail mix, except…there’s often just one ingredient in the mix that doesn’t agree with me or that I don’t truly love. And I know from working with kids over the years (and from being one) that they can be allergic to all […]

Posted on July 17th, 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

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

What’s Organic in the World of Nut Butter?

Have you ever tried to find organic nut butter at your local grocery store? It’s possible but there usually isn’t much in the way of selection. Maisie Jane’s to the rescue! We don’t just have organic nut butter, we have some truly scrumptious selections to try! My personal favorite is our Organic Sea Salted Dark […]

Posted on March 3rd, 2020

Making Your Own Nut Milk Just Became Easier!

almond milk

Have you ever tried making your own almond milk? It’s not hard—I’ve posted instructions before. But you have to take time to let the almonds soak and then strain out all the almond pulp after you blend them with water. It’s no big deal as you can use the pulp for lots of things. But […]

Posted on February 6th, 2020

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

Flourless Italian Chocolate Almond Cake

Torta Caprese

Many years ago my mother’s friend Gayle brought the most delicious chocolate cake I had ever tasted to a party at our house. She said it was an Italian Chocolate Almond Cake. It was so rich and full of flavor! Everyone slowed down to savor every bite while making “mmm-mmm” noises. It was the hit […]

Posted on June 6th, 2019

Energy-Boosting Layered Chia and Almond Pudding Parfaits

Chia and Almond Pudding Parfaits

A tasty dessert that’s also good for you? Absolutely— when you have almond butter and chia seeds! Today’s recipe for Layered Chia and Almond Pudding Parfaits combines wholesome ingredients with no added sugar besides what’s in the fruit and those that are a good source of protein and a variety of other nutrients. First a […]

Posted on May 30th, 2019