Lots has been going on around here! I’ll give you a hint – I stopped liking cooked vegetables or anything sautéed with garlic. I haven’t been wine tasting at Bonny Doon or had a pint at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing for months. I’ve been eating Pillsbury toaster strudels for breakfast and an occasional Jack ‘n the Box “Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club Sandwich” for lunch. These days I could live on cereal, bagels with cream cheese, and raw, sliced tomatoes and red bell peppers. Oh, and after making these almonds, add them to the list! Are you catching on? It appears this is the cause of my food issues:
We’re having a baby!!! This picture was from 12 weeks … can’t wait to meet this little guy/gal around April 22nd! Now, I hope that you’ll forgive the lack of blog updates lately. Finally, I have a good one for you.
A few weeks ago, Dustin and I drove down to Banning, CA to learn how to can from his Grandma. We helped make strawberry Jam, bread & butter pickles, and Gram’s famous chile sauce. It was a fun family weekend! After our canning work was through, and the men left to go golfing, my sister-in-law Courtney and I needed a snack. She had brought 2 huge bags of fresh almonds from the orchard in Modesto and we immediately thought of honey-roasted almonds. After looking at several recipes, we decided to trust Blue Diamond’s recipe – can’t go wrong with the ingredients: almonds, honey, butter and sugar. It uses turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw) which is actually better for you than white sugar, so they’re *slightly* more guilt-free. It was really hard to stop eating these, so I used the excuse of having to eat for two 🙂 We actually made two batches of these; in the second batch we added some cinnamon to the ziplock bag at the end. We definitely recommend trying both versions!
Honey Roasted Almonds
2 cups whole, raw almonds
1/4 cup honey
2 TBS. butter
1 cup turbinado sugar (“sugar in the raw”)
- Spread almonds on a baking sheet. Roast in a 350° oven for about 10 minutes, stirring after about 7 minutes.
- Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, bring honey and butter to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add almonds; simmer and stir 2 minutes.
- Using slotted spoon, transfer almonds to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spread in single layer. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Cool slightly.
- Pour the sugar into a large Ziplock bag. Add the almonds, secure bag tightly, and shake until well coated with sugar. Transfer to a bowl and enjoy (with some self-restraint — you’ll need it!)