Hazelnuts are native to Oregon. Before the flavored coffee craze, they were called Filberts by the locals. This is a delicious way to serve up a classic taste of the great northwest. This recipe was inspired by a dinner at Timberline Lodge on the majestic Mount Hood. As far as visuals go, this is a stunning appetizer, especially when served in a hot skillet. If you happen to have a small cast iron skillet, even better. Not only is it a classic look, but the cast iron cools slowly, keeping the nuts tasty and warm for at least an hour.
Desserts & Healthy Treats
Knives Out! Everyday Knife Skills
Knives Out!--Vegetable Basics is a How-To tutorial that will build your kitchen confidence by giving you excellent, safe cutting skills. The ingredients listed are in the same order as they appear in the video.
Cashew Hibiscus Cream
Don’t let the hibiscus intimidate you. The flowers are often available in the Latin aisle of your supermarket. Or you can purchase hibiscus tea and make it very strong. The rest of the ingredients are likely already in your kitchen. The recipe itself is only 6 ingredients. The flavor is definitely “una fiesta en la boca!” aka a party in the mouth!Thanks to Kassia Emily Fiedor and "Cocina Holistica"!
Madrid-Style Spicy Spanish Hot Cocoa
Begin by making a a jar of the Spicy Spanish Hot Cocoa Mix. Then use this recipe to make two perfect cups of hot and spicy cocoa like they serve on the streets of Madrid. If you like, use the servings multiplier on the recipe to make cocoa for a crowd. Oh, and remember, the secret to great hot cocoa is the cold water that you use to dissolve and keep the mix lump free. Then add the steaming milk and you have a silky, hot cocoa.
Spicy Spanish Hot Cocoa Mix
This recipe is inspired by abuelitas everywhere! A hot cocoa mix (made with cacao) that adds cinnamon and cayenne for an extra kick. Then just follow this link to get the recipe for a perfect cup of Spanish hot cocoa like they make in Madrid!
Decadent Vegan Chocolate Mousse
The secret to this amazing plant-forward mousse is the avocados and the date sugar. Completely plant-based, and no refined sugar, just dried dates. You won’t believe the taste and the texture! A gift for the the New Year! To you from Chef Leander!
Hazelnut Double Chocolate Biscotti
Traditional almond biscotti gets a Northwest makeover featuring chopped hazelnuts and gluten-free oat flour. Super easy to make, meaning it’s “twice-baked” and on your plate in about an hour.
Sesame Cashew Power Balls
Indulge yourself! Here is a great tasting, chewy treat that travels well and satisfies the afternoon (or morning) munchies. Six ingredients and 15 minutes is all it takes. They are one of my favorite snacks. Not too sweet, and oh so satisfying!