Monday, September 27, 2010

Going Nuts

After a weekend
of parties {and party food}
celebrating my husband's
high school class
reunion, I'm feeling
really blobby and
not particularly

However, this week
instead of dwelling
on the
 shouldn't haves

fried food
processed food
sugary food

I want to focus
on foods that 
n o u r i s h
and give
e n e r g y,
especially as we
head towards
the holidays.

should haves.

One thing that I 
love about fall 
is the abundance
of fresh nuts,
such as pecans,walnuts,
almonds and one
I especially enjoy,
the hazelnut.

Hooray for hazelnuts!

In the United States,
hazelnuts are cultivated
in two of my favorite
states, Oregon and Washington.
In the rest of the world,
they are found in commercial
quantity in Turkey and Italy.

Cousin to the Filbert,
and considered the
healthiest of nuts,
hazelnuts are high in
protein and unsaturated
fat and contain significant
amounts of thiamine and
vitamin B6.

Toasted, hazelnuts
are wonderful in granola,
tasty tossed with green beans,
olive oil and
fresh lemon juice,
and delicious in a baby
greens salad with pear
and craisins....

But this 
is the way I
savor them best:

dark chocolate covered

Nutella spread
{I just eat
it on a small spoon!}

and sometimes
 in chocolate candy,
such as this....

In moderation,
the combination of 
dark chocolate
and hazelnuts can be 
an energizing treat,
full of antioxidants.

{That's my story
and I'm sticking to it!}

Last October
I was introduced
to a fantastic
source for hazelnuts
of all kinds
dry roasted
dark chocolate covered

Hazelnut Hill, 
a hazelnut orchard
near Corvallis, Oregon,
where they grow,
roast and make their
own candy with hazelnuts.

Family owned,
their hazelnuts
were fresh and delicious,
and possibly
the best that
I'd ever tasted.

 nourishing foods
top your list? 

Will you go 
a little nuts
with me, 
this fall?

Hazelnut and Chestnut
Nothing to do with
nuts except their
but I couldn't
resist : )!!

[Picture credits ~
Google images: 6 & 9;
All others Flickr; click
on each for attribution]


Amanda said...

Oh nuts and chocolate is a particularly delicious combination, and if you say it's good for me too, then I'm going to stick to your story too Suzanne!! I admit too to a little peanut butter on the spoon! xx

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Hello Suzanne!
Those little little kittens are so adorable!
Nuts: I love them! I am just a little bit lazy about opening them...;-)
Fall gives us so many special fruits: chestnuts which I usually pick in the woods that sorround my home and pumpkins, oh pumpkins, delicious, tasty pumpkins are among my favourites!

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Hello Suzanne!
Those little little kittens are so adorable!
Nuts: I love them! I am just a little bit lazy about opening them...;-)
Fall gives us so many special fruits: chestnuts which I usually pick in the woods that sorround my home and pumpkins, oh pumpkins, delicious, tasty pumpkins are among my favourites!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear one! Right before I leave for school, I just want to say GOOD MORNING and I LOVE HAZELNUTS TOO! Tossed in my salad of baby greens, chopped apple and balsamic chicken...YUM!!!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!! Anita

Anne Marie said...

good morning Suzanne...yes! i'm going nuts now (lol) and will continue to do so until Oct.10th :)

i'm all up on that chocolate and hazelnut...especially in coffee (yum!)

have a great week...
Anne Marie

Nanniepannie said...

We are big pecan and almond eaters here at Buttermilk Cottage, we never have hazelnuts,I don't know why. I can say I love a good hazelnut flavored coffee. Enjoyed your post and pictures.

Cara said...

I LOVE hazelnuts too-especially nutella! I am on a "detox" this week trying to cleanse my body of the junk I put in it this weekend...I am going to stick to veggies/whole grains/ and fruits :)
PS. Come enter our coffee giveaway!

Miss Sew & So said...

oh you are sooo right suzanne...

hazelnut salad...that sounds a perfect partner for my stuffed field mushrooms for tonight!

i too am loving the seasonal foods here in england....the bundling up & cosy foods of autumn and winter...

i picked up jaime oliver's autumn magazine this morning and am feeling VERY enthused...

happy cooking dear friend...

melissa xoxox

Acanthus and Acorn said...

We are Nutella addicts here too! Did you know in Paris you can get it slathered on a crepe from a cart vendor!? I love them too and need to give you my hazelnut biscotti'll go nuts!!!

Purple Flowers said...

Great post! Hazelnuts are wonderful toasted in a salad. And Nutella - well, let's just say: crazy good!

Jo said...

Oh yum ~ the possibilities! I love hazelnuts in salad and of course in chocolate but tossed with green beans is now a must have!

Have a wonderful week ~

Anonymous said...

That squirrel is so darn cute! I love Nutella too... ummm... eating it with a spoon sorta got me in trouble. ha ha! Although, I do love a spinach salad with pears, craisins and pecans! xo

Julie said...

What a yummy post. I love that word, "Blobby!" Does that have midwest origins??? Just laughing, because I never heard the word "grody" either til I met my Michigan man...
ANYWAYS!.... I love nuts in my salads and like to eat the ones that seem to have the most caloric content...cashews and macadamia...
sigh... but they are something that is good for yay.
Enjoyed visiting here today.
Have an outstanding Monday. Going to reunite with my honorable treasured hero this week. He is returning home after a long hot summer far away in that war-torn desert. God bless them all. Thank you for prayers whispered for Justin, Suzanne. I thank God for bringing him back to the family who loves him beyond measure! Bless you bloggy sis. Saying a prayer for your friend today.

traci said...

i admit, i am not a very healthy eater, but i do want to change that. i am thinking a trip to whole foods is in my agenda for the day. i love hazelnuts too - and my favorite, hazelnut coffee. i am enjoying a warm mug of it now. have a great day!!

Melissa K said...

I could definitely go a little nuts! :) I love walnuts, chestnuts and hazelnuts in cakes, chocolate, salads - however they come really!
I love those kittens - so cute!
Hope you're having a great day xx

pretty pink tulips said...

I'm nuts for nuts! Almonds, pecans, walnuts - sprinkled on yogurt of cereal. And, those kittys.......I'm nuts for them, too! xoxo elizabeth

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

I love hazelnuts!!! Never knew their "background"! Thanks for the nut knowledge! Happy Monday Suzanne!

Marie said...

I am a real nut for Nuts! Especially Hazelnuts! (I am quite partial to the chocolate covered ones I have to say!!)

xinex said...

Good looking food especially the soup....Christine

Farmgirl Paints said...

Well you got me good and hungry...oh and by the way I LOVE Punch Pizza!!! We'll have to do that one day:) Have a great week friend.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh, I love hazelnuts!

I really need to eat healthier, I've been very lax in that area of late. Might explain my lack of energy and just generally blah attitude.

Thank you for the inspiration, sweet friend!

Have a wonderful week!

Anonymous said...

Definitely craving some nutella right about now, great post!


Blooming Rose Musings said...

Hello dear friend...I also adore hazelnuts and especially with dark chocolate! I love to spread Nutella on a slice of nut or oatmeal bread. The best is when in Paris to have a crepe with Nutella...not sure which is best, the crepe or Paris!!!
I love your story and I'll stick to it too!

hometown girl said...

i love nuts! odd that the hazelnut is about the only one i don't like, i know sad but true. i hope you have a beautiful week!! susan

pollydove said...

Oh my goodness - I am crazy about that first picture of that squirrel! I was looking for something exactly like it for the cover of a publication we put out at my work a few months back too. I found one ... not nearly as cute as the one you found! :)

I am with you on "that's my story and I'm sticking to it" ... nuts covered in chocolate - GOOD FOR YOU!!!

My daughter eats Nutella all the time and I have yet to try it. I guess it's time!

Fearless Nester said...

I once put candied hazelnuts atop a ganache topped chocolate cake. What? That's not healthy? Thanks for the healthy reminder though Suzanne, we ARE approaching the scary holiday baking times! The squirrel pic cracks me up! ~Lili

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Suzanne,

I love nuts! Almonds and hazelnuts are my favorites. Anything is better with almonds and hazelnuts! When I go to fairs, I treat myself to the paper cones filled with sugared almonds. YUM! Bad for me but YUM! I also keep almonds and hazelnuts to snack on at work. I love the squirrel and kittens photos! Too darn cute!


A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Gone to buy hazelnuts................I forgot all about those tasty nuts. Now you have me craving them. XO

Low Tide High Style said...

I am a bit nutty myself, so it makes sense that I eat a handful of walnuts with breakfast every morning! And those two kittens are too cute...I want one!

Kat :)

Brenda Kula said...

Oh but honey, you're a skinny girl! You can eat anything. Sigh...

My Grama's Soul said...

I SO LOVE NUTS that this post is makin' me a LITTLE NUTS!!! (O:(O:(O:



Jemsmom said...

I discovered Nutella while living in Germany and there is nothing better than toast with nutella. Well, crepes with Nutella while walking the streets of Paris is pretty good too! I justify eating chocolate as it is a vegetable. It comes from the cocoa bean (emphasis on bean!)! :-)

June said...

Hi Suzanne,
I love nuts, all kinds of them. I do have to say that pistachios are my favorite snack, and hazelnuts a close second. I have been to the farm in Corvallis. My mom and dad took me there when I was visiting them in Oregon.
Right now my favorite healthy foods are my cherry tomatoes and cucumbers that are in my garden right now. Yum! But i'm feeling a little blobby right now too, because with the fresh peaches on, I can't seem to quit making peach pie.
I LOVE your post Suzanne. Always a great read.

Kirsty said...

Wow I had no idea they were considered the healthiest! :D Nice to know. Gorgeous kitties and photos by the way. Love the blog! It's simply gorgeous.

Elizabeth said...

Mmmm yummy! My two favs...
Toasted pecans, a bit sweetened and tossed on a green salad with goat cheese and some apples!yum! And greek yogurt with walnuts and lots of honey! Soooo yummy! Cute post! Love those kittys!

Flaviana said...

Hi Suzanne!
to tell you the truth I always have a bag of almonds or nuts in my bag as a mid morning (or actually all day !) snacks! They're so good and don't make me fell guilty like chocolate does :)
As always your post was witty, funny,smart,interesting, well written.. did I mention that I love how you write??
Hugs from me ! xxx

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

I like the flavor of hazelnut, but they don't seem to be a plentiful nut in this area. Pecans seem to be what I reach for when baking--it's a southern thing. I'll certainly be on the lookout for some. By the way, I can't allow myself to even buy Nutella spread, I'm too compulsive and would eat it all by myself (not a good thing)!

Amy Arnaz said...

I love your kittens Hazelnut & Chestnut (who will probably become Hazel & Chester). My daughter and I are known as Cat Ladies by our friends. I loved all of your photos but the kittens were the yummiest. xoxo Amy in Nevada

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Nutella/hazelnuts...oh yes! You find the most amazing place to tour that I've never heard of. Hazelnut Hill sounds like a fun place to visit. Here I am a Washingtonian & didn't even know that hazelnuts were grown there. Such a beautiful photo of the farm. Glad you two had a fun weekend. Hope this week is good to you too!


Deborah said...

Hi Suzanne!
Yummy..everything looks so good!
I am a lover of hazelnuts too..especially when coated in chocolate!
I want to tell you how special and unique you bless my heart...always!
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Happy day my friend!!!

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Jeanie said...

I can't resist a squirrel photo and that's one of the best!

What can't I resist? Well, nuts and cheese are favorites, and almost anything lemon! Nutella -- works for me!

On another note, I just saw a bouquet in the new Martha mag and it had Privet! I had no idea what privet really was, and it's lovely!

City Chick said...

What a lovely post. I just read in the new Martha Stewart Magazine about a family owned Hazelnut farm/buisness. I wonder if they are the same family you are talking about??

My new favorite fall treat is apple butter. So delicious. I got the recipe off of The Farm Chicks. I made it last weekend, and we have been eating it like crazy.


Olive Cooper said...

What a nutty post! I eat nuts daily. Usually walnuts or almonds. But we adore Nutella at this house! A fun, long cooking item, we eat in cool weather is steel cut oatmeal. It is the healthiest variety. ♥O

Rene said...

You are so right - instead of focusing on what we shouldn't have, we should take advantage of the wonderfully healthy foods this great season provides. I hope the reunion was a blast. By the way, you are so not blobby :)

Dovecote Decor said...

Thanks for the swing by. Sometimes a little madness is called for. As long as its just on occasion. I managed to keep my favorite burgers down to about 4 this summer. I love every bite! I appreciate your sweet comments, I can't manage to post something new and bury it. Sitting in a hotel in Providence after looking at RISD with daughter 2, and smiling to your sound loop.

lisaroyhandbags said...

I've got a real thing for hazelnuts too and have always been a huge peanut butter fan. I've managed to find a decent brand here in Ireland which hasn't been easy. :)
ps I'll try to get out and about to snap pics while I'm here (weather permitting which is the biggest challenge! afterall, that's how it stays so green!) xo

vignette design said...

What a beautiful post. Love those hazelnuts too. Where I grew up, they were called filberts. I grew up in Oregon (Eugene) and this time of year, after school, I harvested them for a little extra money. I guess back in the 60's we didn't know to call them hazelnuts yet. It does sound better, doesn't it!?

Anonymous said...

Scumptious post, Suzanne!!! I love "fall food" and cannot wait to dive in to it all! :)
Have a lovely day,

Jeanneoli said...

I love fall for all the wonderful nuts and squashes too! It is fun to find new ways to incorporate them into our meals.

Lisa said...

Hello my friend, I too love a good nut and chocolate covered hazelnuts top the list....mmmmmmm. Plus the fat in nuts is "good" fat - and chocolate is good for you on many levels - they're a must! Love those kittens - how sweet is that photo? Enjoy the day Suzanne!

Delishhh said...

Awesome post! I love the food pictures, just sit here and drool. I wonder what soup that is with the meatballs and spinach. Looks so good.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Oh...I love hazelnuts...have you ever tried's a german chocolate candy...and it's my absolute favorite.

Anonymous said...

Awwww, the kitty photo. Love it as well as this post. Enjoy your fall. It seems to finally be upon us thank goodness!! :-)


Cashon&Co said...

the hazelnut is my very favourite nut and always has been....yummmmmmmmmm
just had some on some pinkberry yogurt yesterday.
my best desert i ever had was a sweet pizza dough crust with hazlenut and baked pears on it. omg. yum

Jeanie said...

Thanks so much for your kind comments about Nino and Mexicali Rose's mom -- your visits and comments always mean so much!