Tuesday, May 05

Asparagus, Roasted Almond and Poached Egg Breakfast Salad

Asparagus, Roasted Almond and Poached Egg Breakfast Salad

When the world is upside down, something bright, fresh and green starts my day.  You barely need a recipe for this Asparagus, Roasted Almond and Poached Egg Breakfast Salad. I wrote it down because it is a combination that always satisfies. The recipe serves only one because my other half religiously eats his poached egg with an English muffin. And it’s a little primer on eggs and labeling. Poaching requires the best eggs you can

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Saturday, April 04

Orange and Almond Chiffon Cake

Orange and Almond Chiffon Cake

Our Easter gathering will be a party of two this year.  But I know someone who will really enjoy this Orange and Almond Chiffon Cake, especially if I serve it with fresh raspberries and coconut sorbet. A moist chiffon cake combines the lightness of angel food cake with some of the richness of a butter cake.  Instead of butter, oil gives the cake its tender crumb. This gluten-free cake is ideal for Easter or Passover.

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Friday, April 03

Toasted Bread and Almond Crumble

Toasted Almond and Bread Crumbles

Looking for a home made pantry staple to brighten up an everyday meal? Think savory granola. Toasted Bread and Almond Crumble is the topping you’ve been craving. It gives zip to soft creamy foods.  Sprinkle it on salads, of course.  But also use it as a topping for soups, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.  One thing you should not do, eat it with a spoon from the jar. You won’t want to stop.

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Sunday, February 16

Almond Sablé Cookies

Almond Sablé Cookies

Some sweets deceive. These Almond Sablé Cookies among them. They require few ingredients.  Finely milled blanched almond flour and cultured butter prime among them. The almond flour adds to the sweetness and the cultured European-style butter gives the cookies their rich flavor.  The trick is finding the best quality ingredients. And baking the cookies low and slow to develop caramel notes. You can bake these sandy-textured cookies plain.  (Sablé means “sandy” in French.) Or you

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Thursday, November 21

Pumpkin Cherry Pear Cake with Cinnamon Almond Streusel

Pumpkin Cherry Pear Cake with Cinnamon Almond Streusel

What do you look for in a snacking cake at this time of the year? Pumpkin, naturally. And warm spices, studded with fruit. This moist Pumpkin Cherry Pear Cake with Cinnamon Almond Streusel delivers just that and is what I’m making right now. We serve it with breakfast or as a snack for family and houseguests. Originally, I developed this recipe for American Almond Products Company. I used their cinnamon filling in the streusel, and

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Roasted Vegetable, Almond Butter Hummus and Feta Pita

Roasted Vegetable, Almond Butter Hummus, Feta Pita

As the seasons shift and local produce becomes scarce, I look to supermarket staples such as bell peppers and zucchini to get my vegetable fix. This Roasted Vegetable, Almond Butter Hummus and Feta Pita satisfies the craving for a sandwich with some the freshness of a salad. The combination of Almond Butter Hummus, feta cheese and a blend of warm spices give the sandwich some substance. You’ll find the recipe for Almond Butter Hummus here.

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Sunday, November 17

Roasted Almond Butter Hummus

Hummus has become a staple, a high protein snack that makes eating carrot sticks a pleasure. Prepared hummus will do in a pinch but making it at home means I get the exact flavor I like. This Roasted Almond Butter Hummus uses dark roasted almond butter in place of tahini. A generous dose of lemon juice brightens the flavor of this addicting spread. Roasting transforms the personality of the elegant almond. As the temperature increases,

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Tuesday, April 02

Almonds Get Their Closeup on Martha Bakes

Almonds get their closeup on Martha Bakes

The time has finally come in our viewing area when almonds get their closeup on Martha Bakes.  We taped in September when the harvest was about to begin.  Now it’s April, the bloom has finished and green almond season has arrived. This is the ideal time to talk about all things almonds. The almond segment appears on Martha Stewart’s PBS Show, Martha Bakes! We’ll be talking about almond forms and the myriad things one can

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Monday, February 25

Martha Bakes Almonds Episode with Martha Stewart

On March 16, 2019, I will be talking about almonds with Martha Stewart on her television show, Martha Bakes! For the eleventh season of her PBS program, Martha Stewart has chosen her favorite baking ingredients. Each episode features a single ingredient such as almonds, lemons or dried fruit.  Martha invited experts to stop by her kitchen to chat about each one. My work with the California almond industry led to my appearance on the show.

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Monday, October 22

Pear Almond Polenta Cake

Pear Almond Polenta Cake

Not too sweet with an intriguing combination of flavors, this Pear Almond Polenta Cake is the perfect autumn dessert.  Serve it at a holiday meal or make it to eat for breakfast over a long weekend. Jump to Recipe Pears and almonds make great partners.  I love a pear frangipane tarte, tender pears tucked into a bed of creamy almond, butter and egg filling.  But it’s fussy to make because you need to poach the

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"Let no man fancy he knows how to dine
Till he has learnt how taste and taste combine."

-Horace, Satires, 2.4

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