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Types and Classifications of Nuts

almonds 150x150 Types and Classifications of NutsThere are many different types of nuts available for snacking. They are all delicious and come in many different forms. Here are some of the most common forms of nuts that people eat. Try your hand at a recipe or two for yummy nut snacks after you discover which class your favorite gourmet nuts belongs to. Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be good for your heart. Nuts, which contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients, are a great snack food, too. They're inexpensive, easy to store and easy to take with you to work or school. The type of nut you eat isn't that important, although some nuts have more heart-healthy nutrients and fats than do others. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts — you name it — almost every type of nut has a lot of nutrition packed into a tiny package. Read more

How to Make Cookie Bars

peanut butter bar1 150x150 How to Make Cookie BarsIf you love the idea of home baked cookies but not the time required to stand at the counter doling out the raw batter, opt for the cookie bar. It’s a cousin of the drop cookie. Instead of scooping out mounds of raw batter and refilling the cookie sheets when one batch is baked, you do all the pan filling once and forget it. Bake your cookie bars as you would a brownie or other pan cookie. You spread the dough after you’ve prepared it and then bake as directed in the recipe. The real key is to wait until the entire pan has cooled before cutting into the bars. If you cut too soon, you’ll only get messy-edged bars that don’t hold their shape. Have fun with these recipes for cookie bars. Chocolate Toffee Bars (courtesy of Allhomemadecookies.com) These cookies are much simpler to make Read more

Almond Pleasure

This bread might just be better than your cookies! Give it a try for something different to have with dinner tonight. 2/3 cup ground almonds 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a fluted quiche mold and if possible, line the bottom with greaseproof paper. Using either food processor or mixer, blend almonds and sugar well. Add eggs, one at a time and mix for another 2 or 3 minutes in order to get a smooth and light mix. Add flour and mix well. Add butter and mix moderately, making sure that mix is homogeneous. Pour mix ½ to 2/3 in. thick into mold. Bake for about 15 minutes. Bread color will be dark gold and texture relatively firm to touch. Turn out bread a few minutes after removing from oven. This Read more
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