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Weather is on Everyone’s Mind

February 19th, 2014 · Events

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What looks like snow blanketing California’s Central Valley are almond blossoms. Yes, it is the time of the year when those 800,000 + acres of almond orchards burst into bloom. White blossoms cover the trees inviting bees to pollinate the blossoms to ensure a good crop.  The bloom takes place from now through early March.

If you cannot get to see the orchards first hand, visit the Van Gogh Museum’s web site.  Painter Vincent van Gogh adored almond trees in bloom and painted them memorably.

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Sweets for a Sweetheart

February 5th, 2014 · Recipes

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Chocolate almond spongecake makes and excellent base for a festive shortcake. Cut out the cake in heart shapes and make that special someone a Valentine’s dessert to remember.

Chocolate Almond Strawberry Shortcake

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Polar Vortex? Fight Back with Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

January 7th, 2014 · Recipes, Uncategorized

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Hazelnut Hot Chocolate, doesn’t that sound like a way to fight back against the outrageous chill right now? (The west coat of southern Florida was 37°F this morning.)   American Almond Hazelnut Praline Paste front and center and a good quality dark cocoa.

A bracing cup of our hazelnut hot chocolate should banish any chill you might be feeling.  This is a rich recipe for a grown-up hot chocolate.  It is not too sweet, just the way we like it.  The addition of our Hazelnut Praline Paste makes this slightly thick and creamy treat memorable.

 

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate recipe is a click away.

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Siennese Almond Paste Cookies, Ricciarelli

December 3rd, 2013 · Recipes

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Ricciarelli are almond paste cookies from Sienna, Italy.  They are chewy, sweet and full of almond flavor.  The ricciarelli recipe we’re intrigued to try comes from the blog Lemons & Anchovies.  (Do visit their site to see some lovely photos too.) You can use blanched almond flour or prepared almond paste. 

Or try our version, pictured here, a gluten free ricciarelli that will be a welcome addition to any holiday cookie plate.

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