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Thursday, August 23, 2012

NUTS TO YOU!


I was going nutty trying to think of a creative N post for Alphabe Thursday! So I decided to share a favorite snack here : N U T S ! I know some folks are allergic to them! But there are so many varieties and I like to eat a handful of pistachio nuts or almonds! Those are two of my favorites! I also like to have a snack with some crunchy peanut butter! When my oldest sister was a young bride and her husband was overseas in Korea she would send him care packages. One of the favorite things she sent him was canisters filled with  cashews! I think they are too rich for my blood!
My favorite pistachios are native to Asia Minor! This is a picture of them above. Those delicious little nutty pods grow on trees! The pistachio nut is a member of the cashew family! Laugh Out Loud!  Lots of recipes can be made using various nuts.
Walnuts are nice. I like to chop them finely and mix them into the batter of banana nut bread! If you don't like nuts you can always add chocolate chips! Yummy!  Walnuts are a good snack choice too. They are heart healthy! My mother use to bake the best dessert bread! It is a Slovenian speciality called "potica". You have to use lots of ground walnuts. Here is a photo:
Sometime, perhaps at Easter, I will share the story of Easter food with you. It is a tradition from my culture and the potica represents the "Crown of Christ". As a kid I loved Easter and all the stories and traditions

I love pecans! Did you know this fun fact, President George Washington loved snacking on these and often carried them in his pocket? Neat huh?

I had to share a pecan pie with you! I have a recipe from when I was a teen that I found in the newspaper column "Dear Abby". It is the easiest and very best pecan pie! It is a Thanksgiving favorite.
Need a zero cholesterol treat? Cashews! There are lots of health benefits here too. It is an energizing food that promotes good gum and teeth health! Did you know that cashew promotes good sleep  patterns in menopausal women?

Take me out to the ball game! Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks! I know you have to hear this song inside your head! Laugh Out Loud! You rarely hear someone says " I really love  peanuts.   Even airlines are downsizing and not serving peanuts anymore.  Jimmy Carter, our thirty ninth president of the USA was a peanut farmer! Peanuts contain more antioxidants then broccoli! It is a favorite food of starving college students (not my son Nick though!) Laugh Out Loud! You don't need very much to feel full!
Almonds and filberts are also nutty nuts! You can even use some of these nuts to create your own facial masks! Check it out!
I know I am going to miss someones favorite nut here but these are branches from a Macadamia tree. Jim Nabors who played Gomer Plyle and has a voice like an angel lives on a Macadamia  nut ranch in Hawaii! Some kind of life huh? Macadamia nuts are used in sauces and crusts and it is a flavor you can not substitute.

I know I got carried away about my nutty post but I hope you enjoyed it and will visit Ms. Jenny and all the other participates of Alphabe Thursday! It is nicely played out each week. Just don't eat too many nuts! You will get nauseous and your diet will think you were being very naughty!

21 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I am pretty boring... I only like salted peanuts!! LOL!!!

Denise said...

Yummy post.

Leovi said...

I love nuts. Nice pictures.
Saludos.

Mumsy said...

I love a handful of nuts too, especially almond, cashew, and pistachio nuts.

Thanks for the information on cashew; I didn't know that!

Andy David said...

My beautiful Anne,
Thank you for the education on nuts. My favorite are roasted (no salt) Peanuts, Almonds and Cashews. In fact, I never knew Cashews were that healthy!! Thank you sweet friend for sharing this.

Parsley said...

I love nuts.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Prayers for Kate ~ hope all is well ~ Lovely post for N ~ love Pistachios and all kinds of nuts ~ (even human ones) ~ thanks for coming by ~ (A Creative Harbor)

zongrik said...

aren't peanuts legumes?

numb inducing

Judie said...

Pistachios have become my favorite nut these days. I love this post, Anne!!

Riet said...

I believe I love all nuts but I am afraid they are too fattening and since I am always dieting I won't eat them.great N word.

VBR said...

My favorites are pecans and hazelnuts. I just love them. Walnuts and almonds are very healthy for you. Nuts can be a real hazard to anyone allergic to them. (My daughter for one!).
A very informative N post. Great illustrations too.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

try to have some walnuts everyday ... heard they lower cholesterol :)
also have almonds and pecans. We have a few pecan trees and some of the fattest squirrels around LOL
(())

anitamombanita said...

Terrific! I'm a big nut fan. They're so good for you too. The Potica looks intriguing...might have to try that some day!

EG CameraGirl said...

Well, now you have convinced me to tiptoe into the kitchen and grab a handful of almonds. :)

jfb57 said...

My favourites are all there!

Theresa said...

I was already a little hungry... thanks for pushing me to the pantry:) I LOVE cashews, that is my favorite nut... well except for my family!

Have a blessed evening dear friend, HUGS!

Annesphamily said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. Unless you are truly allergic most everyone has a favorite nut or two!

Heather and Kathy said...

I must be very strange as I don't like nuts. I do like peanut butter though but that is all!!!!

I hope you are having a good day.

heather

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

Interesting connection with Jim Nabors. His voice is the biggest reason I listen to the Indianoplis 500 in May--his rendition of "Back Home Again In Indiana" is amazing. This year health issues prevented him from performing so they played a video of an earlier performance instead. It was a bittersweet moment for sure.

Mehul said...

Thank you for educating on these nuts. Thank you for sharing some good facts here. The Potica looks intriguing.

- Mehul
Marble mantel

Jenny said...

I love all kinds of nuts.

Especially funny people nuts.

Not crazy people nuts.

But...

You know what I mean!

Almonds used to be my favorite but now it is cashews. Those sound quite nifty right now, too.

Thanks for linking Miss Anne.

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