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February 16 is National Almond Day, a day set aside by the Almond Board of California to celebrate all things almondy. Apart from being tasty, almonds are also very good for you. In fact, a one-ounce (160-calorie) handful of almonds is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium.

This year, National Almond Day had me thinking about this video in which chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns talks about trying to grow almond-flavored carrots by scattering defatted almond meal on the carrot beds on his farm. Though his experiment didn't quite work out the way he wanted it to, it got me thinking about using nuts in different, unexpected pairings.

Green beans with almonds, sure, but what about beets with almonds? Asparagus and almonds? Or artichokes and almonds?

My favorite almondy snack these days are Almondina cookies, a nice treat with a cup of coffee or tea.

This Almond Day, how will you celebrate? Here are 19 recipes to get you started.

Spiced Fried Almonds »
Almond and Chevre Cheese Balls »
Butterflied Cornish Hens with Almond Couscous »
Lamb Korma in Almond Saffron Sauce »
Trout Amandine »
Baked Wheat Bulgur with Sweet Potatoes and Almonds »
Seared Cauliflower with Couscous and Almonds »
Spaghetti with Bottarga and Almonds »
Almond Tofu with Buckwheat Noodles and Snow Peas »
Eggplant-Almond Enchiladas »
Salted Marcona Almond Cookies »
Almond Cherry Quinoa Cookies »
Glazed Lemon-Almond Cookies »
Pine Nut Almond Cake »
Iced Coffee and Almond Sherbet »
Turrón de Alicante (Nougat with Marcona Almonds) »
Quatre Épices Candied Nuts »
Horchata »
Homemade Almond Milk »

About the author: Lee Zalben was a PB&J-loving kid that grew up to be the founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co., which began as a Greenwich Village sandwich shop serving nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and expanded to include the now-famous line of all natural flavored peanut butter. Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and enjoys traveling the world in search of interesting foods made with peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. When he's not working, eating, flying or writing, he enjoys scuba diving and training elephants.

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