To Do List-TUESDAY

Make a LIST

I love lists. They assist in getting the job, task, or just about anything DONE. I have been known to even bullet point or number my emails. Little type A? Listen, I find it very efficient and my reasoning is to leave the reader feeling that my message had great purpose.  I think it’s wise to write with purpose (I’ll bet that’s some famous quote somewhere).

Today, I need a list. Why? Cause I feel a bit scatter brained and the Holiday is over and need to organize myself.

Let’s all share our lists.  You have three choices, CHOOSE WISELY, HAVE FUN!

1) Five things you need to do and haven’t got around to doing THIS WEEK OR TODAY.

2) Five reasons you haven’t started a workout routine, signed up for a gym, or anything related to this subject.

3) Five things you want for Christmas or Hanukkah, why not? Let’s be a little selfish and hope there’s an elf (speaking of ELF, It’s my favorite holiday movie!) reading what you wrote.

MY SHAMELESS LIST:

Here’s my FIVE things I didn’t do today.

1) The mile high piled up laundry.

2) Clean the kitchen floor from the HOT MESS I made over the holiday weekend.

3) Worked out, now I”m gonna have to squeeze that in, however, I’ll multitask here (I”m a HUGE FAN of this-LEARN FROM ME!) I”ll run and listen to a nutrition lecture (NERD), then I’ll make something for dinner that is a one pot wonder, or has to bake for a while (i.e. lemon chicken, or fasolakia-but I really want asparagus soup…hmm), my plan will be to do a 30 minute  or longer pilates video that always has my butt shaking.

4) Left my computer for more than 10 minutes?! Oh, that’s bad. Time to get the blood circulating.

5) Photographed those cranberries, it’s cloudy and rainy so not the ideal lighting for my cranberry photo shoot! Boo. No SEIZING the sunlight today!

READY, SET, SHARE!

Also, if you have certain GOALS you want to achieve, READ:

AND MAKE SURE YOU COME BACK FOR MORE

CAUSE I’M DISHING OUT MY

CLEVER HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS TOMORROW!!!

(It includes a huge list-like today’s, but bigger)


The Fab Filbert

Bunch of Nuts

One nut four names

  • Noisette (french word for browned butter, also means hazelnut), Cobnut, Filbert, Hazelnut (interchangeable).
  • Fun fact 1) , 99 percent of U.S. hazelnuts are coming from Oregon (official state nut!), 2) A Greek physician claimed these nuts medicinal benefits could cure the common cold and rid you of a chronic cough. Oh yeah, they may also cure baldness. Hmmm.

According to my Food Lover’s Companion (A must have!) you can expect a sweet, rich, somewhat toasty flavor with a little bitterness from its skin.  These wild nuts make appearances chopped, ground and whole in a variety of sweet and savory foods such as salads and main dishes. Pastry chefs have used them in tortes, cookies, candies and dare I mention they’re jarred up into that creamy delight; Nutella?! WARNING: you may eat it out of the jar.

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if we need to start a “I eat too much Nutella support group.”

Food Companion-Assist

Nutritionally Speaking

Second to the almond, they’re a good source of Calcium, boast an excellent amount of Vitamin E , Fiber, FolateMagnesium and the healthy Monounsaturated Fats (think olive oil).

Today I decided…

I had extra toasted hazelnuts from the spiced pumpkin pie I made for the holiday and I can’t live without nut butter!  If you haven’t ventured and made your own NUT BUTTER, you really must!!! Nothing tops making it yourself, not to mention the taste. You will never purchase grocery store nut butter ever again.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I WRITE “NUT BUTTER?”

Ingredients:

1-2 cups Hazelnuts, chopped, toasted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Chop hazelnuts into small pieces, place on baking sheet, distributed rather evenly. Bake for 7-8 minutes (avoid burning them!).

Remove from oven and let cool. Place in food processor and pulse until it becomes a paste!

Nut butter goodness!

Oh yum!

 

 

 

Chefs Tips:

  • Substitute almonds or peanuts!
  • Always roast before use to enhance the flavor.
  • Store in your fridge to avoid rancidity. Because they are high in fat (remember, I said the good fats, like olive oil, hazelnuts are best kept cold. Stored in a closed container in a refrigerator at 34 to 38° F, hazelnuts will keep for a year. Frozen below 27° F, they’re good for two years.  Bring hazelnuts to room temperature in their closed container before use, and use quickly for best results.
  • Spread this stuff on toast, mix into a smoothie, mix into your oatmeal! (Perhaps try my oats or kamut!)


HAVE YOU MADE A NUT BUTTER? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE USE?