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Pistachio Cranberry White Chocolate BarkWhite Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Cranberries

White Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Cranberries


Each week I talk with Brian Patrick of Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about:



Pistachios Genesis  43:11

……”Load your donkeys with the best products of the land. Take them to the man as gifts – balm, honey, spices, myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds…..”

Pistachios are over 9,000 years old . One of only 2 nuts mentioned in bible – the almond is the other nut. They’re related to the mango and the spice sumac.
They are good keepers obviously and like all nuts, high in nutrition, like fiber and protein. Research has showed that pistachios can keep a heart healthy and help lower cholesterol.

Pistachios are the  lowest calorie nut  and have the least amount of fat than any other nut. And pistachios have more antioxidants than green tea – 1 oz vs 1 cup of green te

You can buy them shelled, salted or not, or in the shell.  Buy pistachios that have a tan shell – I don’t like to buy the ones with a pinkish tint on the shell because that is color added.  Buy them when the shell is open – that means they were picked when they were ripe.

Pomegranates 1 Sam. 14: 2  Saul rested under a pomegranate tree.

Pomegranates were and are very plentiful in Palestine and a very popular fruit, hence the many allusions to it in the Bible. Pomegranates were frequently taken as a model of ornamentation; several places of the Holy Land were named after the tree including the town of Rimmon, which is the Hebrew word for pomegranate. The pulp was squeezed to make a cooling drink.  The seeds were either dried or eaten plain, added to soups and vegetables, or mixed with honey and walnuts and eaten as a sweet

They’re  chock full of cholesterol fighting antioxidants and they help the immune system. Pomegranates are a great source of potassium. Pomegranate juice may also help to prevent prostate cancer and helps to prevent plaque build up in your arteries.

Tips on buying and using pomegranates

Choose heavy fruits.The thin, leathery skin should be smooth, not wrinkled or hard, with few blemishes. Most varieties are red, some varieties may have a pinkish or green skin.

Pomegranates can be kept at room temperature for several weeks and are best eaten at room temperature. For longer storage, store in the fridge for up to two months. The seeds and juice can be frozen separately.  I like to make a quick appetizer by sprinkling seeds over a wedge of blue cheese and then drizzle that with honey.

Getting the seeds out is a challenge.

Cut off the crown and then cut fruit in half.  You’ll lose a bit of juice. Submerge each half in a bowl of cold water, and gently scrape the seeds out. They drop to the bottom while the membrane rises to the top. Remove the membrane and strain.

One of my best gifts from the kitchens. Even the little ones can help.  White chocolate is delicate and requires low heat to melt.  Whether melting on stove or in microwave, leave a few chunks in and remove from heat.  Stir well and mixture will be smooth.

12 oz to 1 pound white chocolate, melted – I like to use white chocolate morsels or bar chocolate, chopped

1 cup chopped pistachios in all, chopped coarsely – reserve 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top

3/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries in all, chopped coarsely if necessary – reserve 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top

Spray a cookie sheet with sides. Stir in nuts and fruit into melted chocolate.  Spread in thin layer on sheet. Sprinkle with additional nuts and fruit.  Let stand 30 minutes or until firm.  May refrigerate to firm quickly.  Break into pieces.  Store covered in cool place or in refrigerator


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