Snack Time: Peppered Maple Walnuts

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We first encountered these delicious walnuts on our Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Farm Tour last year.  They were served along-side some of the amazing cheeses that they make on their farm in Point Reyes (they are particularly good with the Toma).  I remember gobbling up a good quantity of these salty-sweet walnuts with ridiculous amounts of cheese.  We were delighted when we came across the recipe in a recent issue of Edible magazine and tried making these walnuts right away. These peppered maple walnuts have become a staple at our home – we are totally hooked.  They are lovely with cheese, but also with vanilla ice-cream (Straus vanilla – a current favorite) as well! Needless to say, the possibilities are endless, but they are pretty spectacular on their own as well.

Good recipe to make with the kids and it never hurts to have these lying around when unexpected guests drop by. Continue reading

Snack Time: Green Goddess Dressing

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Pretty much everything tastes great after a dip in this classic, creamy, delicious Green Goddess Dressing: vegetable crudite, steamed or roasted green beans or asparagus, slices of leftover roasted chicken, even potato or pita chips. Make a big batch of this dressing over the weekend and pack it into small containers for easy weekday snacking.  I am known to to just grab a spoon and eat it by itself from time to time.  In addition, aside from being a “dip”, it is a dressing, and instantly “wake ups” an everyday salad! Continue reading