How to: Toast and De-skin Hazelnuts (Filberts)

Nothing like warm hazelnuts right out of the oven.  You can add these to salad’s, pasta, pesto, desserts, and any dishes calling for nuts.


I love the aroma of the hazelnuts as they roast, it’s such a comforting smell.  There are so many dishes to use them in weather sweet or savory.  I like to toast a lot to have on hand!



Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees then spread the amount of hazelnuts you want to use in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake for 10 – 14 minutes, depending on the amount, I used 2 cups.  In about 5 – 7 minutes stir the nuts so they toast evenly while checking on the progress

When hazelnuts are cool put in the center of a towel and pull corners of the towel together and roll hazelnuts around with some force till skins come loose.  A small amount of skin will remain on the nuts and that is fine.

Sometimes I separate the ones that the skins didn’t come off back in the oven for a few more minutes

Health Benefits:

Hazelnuts are one of the only tree nuts with folate that may help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and depression. They have a high concentration of oleic acid an omega-9 fatty acid that is known to prevent cancer, reduce blood pressure, prevent strokes and help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol that help prevent heart attacks.  They are also rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium, the minerals help regulate blood pressure. Hazelnuts are one of the richest in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.  They are also packed with B vitamins that bring energy to your cells and increase the metabolism. They are one of the few nuts that contain vitamin A, which is great for your eyes and are also high in dietary fiber and minerals like manganese, selenium and zinc.

*People who are allergic to peanuts, macadamia nut and/or Brazil nut might also be allergic to hazelnuts.

Scarlett Begonia in Santa Barbara, CA

While in Santa Barbara, Robby and I ate at this quaint little restaurant named Scarlett Begonia.  It is a little court-yard tucked away in the center of some other businesses.


They focus on Organic local farm to table cuisine the menu changes weekly with what is fresh and in season


Enjoying a glass of Tolloy, Pinot Grigio, Italy, 2010, Cheers!


I love court yards


I’m a sucker for fountains


We had a little friend visit us



A complementary amuse bouche


Robby enjoyed the Roasted Chicken Pot Pie 


We shared these amazing roasted potatoes that were full of flavor and perfectly crispy


I absolutely loved their Chilaquiles, yummmm!

 11 West Victoria Street # 10

Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Angela Marie’s Salsa

This salsa recipe is easy, it’s based off an old friends family recipe.  I make it for most every gathering and it’s always a huge hit.  I usually make extra to send home with friends since they love it so much and are always requesting it.

Angela Marie Salsa

Recipe: Makes 2 to 3 cups

  • 1- 25 oz. Jar of Eden Organics Crushed Tomatoes
  • 3 Cloves Crushed Garlic
  • 1 to 3 Roasted Jalapeno Peppers (1 for mild,  2 for medium,  or 3 for hot)
  • 1 Roasted Poblano Pepper
  • 2 Green Onions, Diced
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 tsp Salt or to Taste


First roast jalapeños and poblano peppers (See How to Roast Peppers), chop green onions, crush garlic cloves, pour crushed tomatoes in a blender or food processor then add all other ingredients to the blender and puree together.

Why Exfoliate Your Skin

Young skin cells shed effortlessly as one age’s the process slows down.  The new cells form in the Basel layer, the deepest sub layer of the Epidermis, they push the old cells to the surface that is what causes dry patches of built up dead cells which gives the complexion a sallow, dull and lifeless appearance.  The build up of dead skin cell will limit how much of your moisturizer gets through.


Organic: Ground Flax Seed, Raw Almonds, Pink Clay, Lavender, Rolled Oats

Exfoliating cleanses the skin while stimulating new cell growth and circulation by sloughing off the dead skin.  This is very helpful in keeping the skin color even by unblocking the pores and reducing spots and blotchiness.  It also allows skin care products to penetrate better.  Exfoliating gives your complexion a bright youthful glow.

Face: The importance of a facial exfoliant is to scrub away dry dead skin cells. They can be extremely beneficial to dry skin types as well as oily.

Body: The use of a body exfoliant in the shower revives and stimulates the skin and circulation, while delivering nutritious vitamins and minerals deep into the pores.

Exfoliate With Pineapple –  More Scrub recipes to come

Caramelized Herb Tomatoes

These are morsel’s of serious goodness!  I found myself eating them right off the baking sheet.  The first time I made these I used them in my Mediterranean Quiche which was delicious but these are good in anything, our Caramelized Herb Tomato Pesto, pasta, antipasto or a salad…


Recipe: Makes about 2 Cups

  • 12 Pearl Tomatoes


  • 4 to 6 Cloves of Garlic Minced
  • 4 Teaspoons of Thyme (dry or fresh)
  • 1/2 Packed Cup Fresh Basil leaves chopped finely
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Sea Salt


This recipe is for pearl tomatoes or roma tomatoes,  I like to use the baby heirlooms too, they cook faster.  You can use any tomato, you just may need to adjust the cooking time.

Core tomatoes and cut in half, scoop the seeds out and place on a baking sheet with cut side up.

Spread marinade over the tomatoes.

Preheat oven to 325 F

Put baking sheet on the middle rack and bake for approximately 45-55 minutes depending on the size of the tomato, the tomatoes will start to look a little shriveled up.

 Turn oven up to 400 F for 20 minutes to caramelize the tomatoes.  Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn although a little brown is okay and they will have the roasted sweetness that gives these tomatoes the yummiest flavor!