Nuts for Walnuts – the brain food

“What kitchen item or ingredient can I not live without ?”

My favorite pick today is Walnuts.

I once read that Walnuts are brain food, the symbol of intellectuality mostly because they closely resemble the brain.

Walnuts are loaded with minerals, vitamins, and Omega 3 

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I was sold at brain food.

I found that the most bang for my buck was to buy the California Walnuts at Costco. They come in a large bag and I store them in an airtight glass jar from Ikea. This makes it handy when I want to grab a quick handful to chop.


Hoping to increase my brain power, I started looking for places to incorporate my 2 lbs of walnuts.

At first I just put them in brownies, then I moved on to my morning yogurt, my cereal, hot oatmeal, banana bread, muffins, cookies, butter tarts, salads, stuffing and fillings for chicken and pork tenderloin and the best of all, toast them in the frying pan with some butter, add brown sugar and add them to homemade Ice Cream once cooled to make Maple Walnut Ice Cream.

Still having another lb left, I started rolling my cheese ball in Walnuts and dried cranberries.

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I’m so used to using them now that when I run out I’m at a loss. They really give everything that extra boast that makes you look like you went to so much trouble (especially if you throw them in a salad)

My favorite salad

Spinach or mixed greens, strawberries, walnuts, goat cheese & poppy seed dressing

spinach salad

They say the best way to buy walnuts is from the shell and crack  them open yourself to ensure freshness, but that’s not always convenient.


There are over 30 varieties of  walnut trees but just 3 that are grown commercially, so next time you are travelling, try some local walnuts if they’re available as it may be your only chance to get some variety!



Mom’s Remembered Lemon Loaf

Today I bring you the best tasting Lemon Loaf that’s moist and so easy to make

This recipe was handed down to me when my mother could remember how to cook for my Dad. Mom would always make two loaves in a long aluminum pan and cut off perfect slices for Dad.

Luckily for me Mom still remembers who I am, so now I make her and Dad lemon Loaf, except I put icing on mine!


1 PKG Lemon Cake mix (2 layer size)

1 PKG Lemon Instant Pudding Mix (4 oz)

4 Eggs

2/3 Vegetable Oil

3/4 C Water

Mix all together with an electric mixer for 10 mins. Bake at 350 for 40-45 mins. Makes 2 loaves.

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The famous Lemon Loaf Pan

P. S. 10 mins is a really long time to beat a cake mix. Mom doesn’t know this, but I stop at 7 mins., and I also try different kinds of cake mixes and pudding mixes together, but I only ever bring her Lemon.  I’m 50 now I can do what I want!