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Monday, March 30, 2015

Brussel Sprouts with Sliced Almonds

Easter is coming up this weekend and I have already started thinking about what we will serve for brunch and dinner. I always try to add greens and lots of veggies for dinner side dishes. It's spring and there is something about spring that makes me want to eat healthy with lots of veggies!

Brussel sprouts, you either love them or hate them. I love them and add bacon, I love them more. I prefer my bacon extra crispy when adding it to dishes like this, it adds a little extra crunch and texture which is nice.

This is a pretty easy recipe and you could substitute green beans or probably any green veggie you prefer if brussel sprouts is not your thing. I also tend to cut my brussel sprouts in half long ways to speed up the cooking time. Just stick a fork in them and make sure they are tender.

The almonds I use for recipes like this are sliced with a little salt and pepper, but you could probably also use slivered if that is what you have on hand. As you know my now, I am not one to stick to recipes. So experiment and let me know how you enjoyed it!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

National Agriculture Day

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Helen Keller said it best. I find this so true today and this week as we celebrate National Agriculture week. As an industry we need to stand together and celebrate all we do together. We are not dairyman, we are not cattle ranchers, we are not wheat farmers or even almond farmers, we are agriculture. We come together for the good of all things agriculture.

 This was the case this weekend for me as well. I attended a joint meeting with the California Women for Agriculture and the California Cattlewomen. Together we shared our stories and our passions for agriculture and educating our consumers. We were blessed to have a number of female speakers inspire us through their work. We are not all farmers and ranchers we are educators, lovers of food, industry representatives. Education outreach is just as important in ensuring our children are knowledgable of agriculture and the truth. There are a number of commodity groups and organizations that focus on agriculture classroom education that are all doing great work. It was a weekend full of great speakers, fellow bloggers, commodity representatives, and farmers themselves that I inspired me to do more. To reach more. To educate more.

I grew up on my family farm, studied agriculture in college and married a farmer. I've been in farming my whole life. Other farmers have stumbled upon agriculture or fallen into it accidentally. Sometimes those farmers are even more passionate about the industry then those who grew up surrounded by it. Others I've meet are school teachers, government employees or bankers who just want to be involved and educated about agriculture. Regardless of how you got here, I'm glad we can come together to celebrate agriculture.

But let's not less this celebration end today! It is this National Agriculture Week that I challenge you to come together and help educate of the importance of agriculture in their lives! It is our responsibility as stewards of the land to celebrate agriculture and share your passion for agriculture.

Until Next Time,
 Almond Girl

Friday, March 6, 2015

Almond Bars

Well it's been a couple weeks since my last post and I can only say motherhood has gotten the best of me. This mommy thing is harder than you think and trying to accomplish things throughout the day really take time.

But here it is. This recipe I stumbled upon while searching for something to use up some almond paste I was given by our processor. I am not a pastry chef or culinary master chef so I look for recipes that are simple and easy. Even with my personal changes and flare, this recipe is an easy one. Delicious too may I add! I will admit, after trying this recipe out, I think white chocolate chips would be a great addition to this!


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl