Tuesday, August 02

Almond and Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond and Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Were I unable to digest wheat flour, I’d miss chocolate chip cookies as much as chewy bread and good pasta. That’s why I came up with this recipe for Almond and Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Inspired by Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours, I had already been experimenting with buckwheat and oat flour as well as ground nuts to make cookies and piecrust. As the title of her book suggests, Medrich’s looking for the flavor

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Friday, July 29

Summer Apricots, Baked with a Sweet Almond Filling

Summer Apricots, Baked with a Sweet Almond Filling

Baking summer apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums brings out their deep flavors and is a favorite way to prepare them in season. Split the ripe fruit, sprinkle with sugar and bake until the juices flow.  Here is a simple yet dressed up way to bake a ripe summer apricot or other stone fruit with a sweet almond filling. Start by Finding a Good Apricot It’s sheer luck to find a decent fresh apricot on the

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Wednesday, March 23

Asian Coleslaw with Cabbage, Carrots and Toasted Almonds

Asian Coleslaw with Cabbage, Carrots and Toasted Almonds

On NPR this week, Kathy Gunst spoke about transitional recipes to help us segue into spring. These are recipes that use the last of winter produce with a hint of what’s to come when our gardens recover. The same though has crossed my mind. Don’t we automatically look for fresher flavors when the days become longer and brighter? This Asian inspired coleslaw incorporates some of my favorite flavors, fresh ginger and creamy almond butter among

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Saturday, January 23

Rose Almond Butter Cake

Rose Almond Butter Cake on striped fabric with vinatge Valentines

This Rose Almond Butter Cake has a tight crumb and rich buttery flavor without being too sweet. Rose powder in the batter along with orange flower water and a garnish of freeze-dried raspberries give the cake its subtle floral notes. The batter includes blanched almond flour, one of my secret ingredients, as well as cake flour. When I open my next bakery, this will be my signature cake. Almond flour does not absorb liquid as

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Wednesday, January 13

Healthy Baking with Almonds

Orange Almond Chiffon Cake made with fine blanched almond flour, healthy baking with almonds

Almonds are the secret ingredient in classic and modern baked goods. And they are my go-to ingredient for making good-for-you treats. Healthy baking with almonds means, whether you are making a cake or cookie, a quick bread or tart, almonds add flavor and a healthy halo to anything baked. Here is my outline of the ways to use almonds—in all their forms — as a stand in for less healthful ingredients in baking and pastry. These tips for professional bakers apply to home

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Wednesday, August 12

Honey Almond Ice Cream

Almond Honey Ice Cream

The combination of an icy cream with the delicate scent of almonds, honey and lavender speaks to the summer season. Honey almond ice cream has a mellow sweetness that speaks to the close relationship between bees and almond growing. Almonds require bees for pollination. In the Mediterranean where almond trees once thrived, the bees might feed on the fragrant nectar of lavender after the almond trees bloom. This recipe is simple to make because there

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Monday, June 22

Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

Although they are a Lunar New Year specialty, Chinese American style almond cookies pair well with ice cream and summer berries. So I thought this would be a welcome recipe with the abundance of truly tasty local strawberries right now. And I am looking to catch some luck. Almond cookies were once a staple at Chinese restaurants in the US. But you rarely spot them now that fortune cookies have taken over. Growing up, I

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Wednesday, April 29

Digestivo Mandorlato – Priscilla’s Green Almond Liqueur

Priscilla's Green Almond Liqueur

The Mediterranean region provides inspiration for many of the things I make with almonds. In that almond-growing region, there is a tradition of eating immature fruits and nuts that we don’t hear too much about in the U.S. let alone the Northeast where I live. (Although Turkeywood Farms in Mystic, CT is distilling shagbark hickory to make a sweet syrup I love.) This is my signature spirit, Digestivo Mandorlato – Priscilla’s Green Almond Liqueur Think of

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Monday, April 20

My Almond Lexicon – Green Almonds

Almond botanical illustration from Germany circa 1903

“Green almonds” mean a number of things. Newborn Almonds – Almond buds start to appear on the tree right after the bloom, which appears in early winter. (It’s February to March in California and a week or two earlier in the Mediterranean.) As soon as the bloom drops, a tiny budlet appears on the tree. That’s our newborn green almond. You can easily pop the whole thing in your mouth. It is tender and crunchy.

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Monday, April 06

Green Almonds, a Celebration of Spring

Green Almond Nutlet on the Half Shell

These fuzzy green pods are green almonds, baby nutlets, which appear on the trees after the blooms fall. Cousin to the peach, plum, and apricot, Prunus amygdalus, the almond is the first fruit tree to bloom in spring. Once the fragrant almond blossoms fall, clusters of pale green pods remain on its branches. Called ‘green almonds’, these embryonic almonds will grow into the nut we all know. In the early stages, dainty almond pods resemble

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Till he has learnt how taste and taste combine."

-Horace, Satires, 2.4

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