Lady Kisses with American Pistachios by Chef Stefania Corrado

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Ingredients: 

For the Lady Kisses:
2 cups flour
2/3 cup butter, slightly softened
1/3 cup toasted American pistachios unshelled, grounded into flour
½ cup grana padano cheese or Parmesan
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ cup powdered sugar
Cinnamon and pepper to taste

Bitter orange marmalade:
2 1/4 pounds sour oranges (bitter oranges, Seville or Zhi Shi)
2 cups sugar
Sterilized jars for jam

Instructions: 

For the Lady Kisses:
Knead slightly softened butter with the pistachio flour; add the other ingredients and knead until blended. Roll the dough into balls, refrigerate until firm. Bake in oven at 350° F for 12 minutes.

For the bitter orange marmalade:Squeeze the oranges and set aside the juice, removing all the seeds. Cut the pulp and peels into pieces; blend in a food processor, adding the orange juice. Place in a saucepan and cook over low heat for 6 hours, stirring often. Pack the marmalade into the sterilized jars.

Serve the Lady Kisses with cooled marmalade.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!