Costco is not an ideal way to shop when you're only cooking for two. However, we always seem to find ourselves tagging along with J's parents, who do have a membership and a lot more people to feed each day.
It must be something about the wide aisles, the stacked boxes, or maybe the free samples? I'm not sure what it is, but we love going. And then the way I get while there: walking down the aisles, mind racing, thinking of all the ways I could use up a huge bag of baby kale. "It's only $4!" In the cart it goes. Even after splitting the bag with J's mom, we ate a lot of kale for the following week. A LOT of kale.
Another Costco purchase of ours was a huge bag of almonds. This purchase was a smarter one on my part, as almonds keep a lot longer than fresh produce. Duh. I figured between baking and snacking we could get through them pretty quickly. And then I started thinking about smooth, creamy almond butter. Since my mom is currently letting me babysit her food processor, I gave it a go.
The thing I didn't realize about making almond butter, is how long it had to be in the food processor. I thought I made a mistake... "Why are these almonds clumping so badly?!" J was not pleased I had interrupted his West Wing marathon with loud noises in the kitchen. And then, right when I was getting ready to stop the machine, the clumps of sticky almond crumbs turned into luscious butter. It's like magic.
3 cups almonds
Place your almonds in a food processor fitted with the flat blade. Begin grinding the almonds. Let them process for about 10 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed. Keep processing until you think you've somehow made a mistake. Just when you begin to lose hope, the almonds will turn into butter.
I like to eat almond butter with bananas or on some toast with honey.
Source: Adapted from Two Tarts