March Featured AB&J: Mission Almond Butter + The Jam Stand Blueberry Bourbon Jam
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Mission Almond Butter
(Heirloom Mission Almonds, Raw Wildflower Honey, Sea Salt)
Almond trees have been cultivated in the United States since the mid-1700’s, when Franciscan Padres planted the first seedlings brought over from Spain. Almonds flourished here, particularly in California, where they became an important element of the state’s agricultural and culinary identity.
The heirloom Mission variety almond, discovered in Texas in 1891, derives from a single chance seedling. Literally a late bloomer with smaller, denser buds and shorter, darker kernels than larger, more popular and “attractive” varieties such as Nonpareil, Mission almonds like a longer, slower roast time and offer a deeper, more concentrated flavor. We think Mission almonds are perfect for almond butter, and we hope you agree! Made only with freshly roasted and milled Mission almonds blended with raw North Carolina wildflower honey and sea salt, our Mission Almond Butter is intentionally simple and straight-up delicious.
Winner of a 2015 Southern Living Food Award!
Please note: While this recipe does not contain peanuts, it was crafted by hands that work with peanuts every day.
The Jam Stand Blueberry Bourbon Jam
(Blueberries, Sugar, Bourbon, Vanilla, and All Natural Pectin)
The Jam Stand began in an apartment kitchen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when two best friends - Jessica Quon and Sabrina Valle - decided to create a food business that would be a true reflection of themselves and their community.
I first noticed Sabrina and Jessica’s jams at several shops in Brooklyn back in 2013. It seemed that in every shop that stocked our nut butters, The Jam Stand’s colorful glass jars were never more than a few feet away. As a Southerner in the big city, I was immediately drawn to their “You’re My Boy” Blueberry Bourbon jam and picked up a jar at The Brooklyn Kitchen. The following morning, after a gorgeous run in Prospect Park, I made a breakfast parfait with some local grass-fed yogurt, Early Bird granola, and dollops of the jam and our Peanut Pecan Butter. The blueberries, vanilla, and bourbon of the jam were perfect complements to the cool, bright yogurt and the dark, roasty flavor of our nut butter. It’s a go-to post-run breakfast to this day.
Self described as “Brooklyn’s happiest food company,” The Jam Stand proudly states that positivity is central to their ethos and approach to running a business. In today’s often jaded world of trendiness and over-marketed foodstuffs, we couldn’t love this approach more. It’s paying off for them, and so is the quality of their delicious jam. Case in point: not many small-batch jam makers are asked to collaborate with Häagen-Dazs!