September is being celebrated for the first time as National Hazelnut Month. But, for me-every day is Hazelnut Day. It is definitely my favorite flavor of coffee, creamer and of course I am obsessed with Frangelico Hazelnut Liquor. It has always been my favorite after dinner drink and I turn everyone on to it. Some people put it in their coffee, I like to sip it next to it.
I was first introduced by a bartender who reveiled a secret: Did you know a shot of Frangelico will cure you of that "Oh My God, I ate so much I am gonna die" feeling?? The funny thing is, I have no scientific proof of this, but it works, and this is how I met the awesome of all that is Frangelico and a love affair was born.
To celebrate the first ever National Hazelnut Month, restaurants, bakeries, and this girl are handing it to the Frangelico Gods with some great food, desert and drinks.
From their press release:
While not having achieved the notoriety of the peanut, almond or pecan, Italy’s trademark nut is about to get its day - or more accurately, its month - in the spotlight. Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur, along with chefs and bartenders nationwide, is officially proclaiming September as the first-ever National Hazelnut Month.
In the shadow of National Pecan Month (April), National Almond Day (February 16th) and National Peanut Month (March), hazelnuts seem to have lost their place in moments dedicated to honoring history’s great nuts, and for no good reason. The use and flavor of hazelnuts has become increasingly popular among culinary elites and foodies nationwide. Yet, for some reason one of the world’s favorite nut varieties is conspicuously missing from the gastronomic calendar.
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To rectify this, Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur has teamed up with gastronomic trendsetters to bring consumers new and inventive ways to incorporate the hazelnut flavor into their culinary and cocktail recipes this September. Chef Paul Corsentino, who has appeared on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs and Iron Chef America, has signed onto the National Hazelnut Month Movement. “Hazelnuts are the perfect fall flavor,” he notes. “They add a wonderful taste to dishes both savory and sweet, and are surprisingly versatile.”
How to Indulge
Frequent The National
In celebration of the hazelnut, Food Network Chef Geoffrey
Zakarian’s restaurant, The National, in New York’s Benjamin Hotel, is set to unveil a limited-edition hazelnut menu including items for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Hazelnut lovers will be able to indulge in their favorite nut flavor with inventive and inspired dishes, created by the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Paul Corsentino. The menu, which is available for the entire month of September, will feature creations including Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Compote, Candied Hazelnuts and Frangelico Maple Syrup; Hazelnut and Lobster Canelloni; and Roasted Duck with Hazelnut Fregola Risotto. (LBD Note: Holy Cow!)
A dessert using Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur will also appear on the menu. A portion of the proceeds from this special hazelnut menu will be donated to City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization.
Sip Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
National Hazelnut Month’s official signature cocktail is the Fall Basket. The cocktail will be served at The National alongside the limited edition hazelnut menu.
1 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
1 1/2 oz. apple infused vodka
Splash of simple syrup
Splash of cranberry juice
Brown sugar rim, Served up, garnished with a thin slice of apple
Find Your Sweet Tooth
Bakeshops are jumping on board to join in the celebration of National Hazelnut Month.
Isabelle's Curly Cakes, a Todd English establishment, will be serving hazelnut cupcakes featuring Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur from their Boston bakery, also available online at izzyscurlycakes.com
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Butter Lane Cupcake Bakery-(my absolute favorite bakery in NYC) will offer a specialty Frangelico cupcake in their East Village, New York location and online at butterlane.com
We Take the Cake, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will offer an assortment of Frangelico cakes and cupcakes at their retail shop and online at wetakethecake.com
Nuts.com, a family owned business for more than 22 years and the authority on all things nuts, will offer a limited edition hazelnut gift basket during the month of September.
This gift basket will delight any hazelnut fan with a medley of raw hazelnuts, salted roasted hazelnuts, in-the-shell hazelnuts, dark chocolate covered hazelnuts, raw Duchilly hazelnuts, and Hazelnut Supreme coffee.
This gives you many ideas of how to celebrate the new National Hazelnut Month but let me give you one of my favorite ways. This will change your life, I promise.
The Salty Pretzel Shot
Equal parts of the following:
Shake over ice and strain into a shot glass.
This is shot like bad tequila ... Lick the salt off your hand shoot the shot and bite a lemon