That Nutty Redhead - About Us

The Passion Projects, LLC, Lisa Griffiths & John Grant, present their latest enterprise, "That Nutty Redhead - Praline Gourmet Nuts".

I began catering in 2002 and have now evolved to specialize in this market of all natural gourmet nut productsPopular creations from my prior catering days included my mouthwatering Praline Gourmet Almond & Cashew nut blends.

I was dismayed with the artificial quality that I was finding in this snack, both locally and corporately, so I decided to do it myself. My great grandparents once owned a candy factory called Swanky Chocolates, so creating delicious treats is in my blood! My nut recipe inspiration came from my ancestor Ella Mae's turn of the century cookbook. Burnt Almonds, aka Candied Nuts, were c. 1890-1910.

My premium Almonds and Cashews are homemade in New England with the finest ingredients. There's no corn syrup, peanuts, gluten, eggs, soy, wheat, dairy, trans fat oil, or preservatives in my nut products. We use only pure Madagascar vanilla, never artificial vanilla, as some companies do. 

I believe you are what you eat and I want to offer a delicious snack product that you can feel good about eating. Science continues to promote the health benefits of nuts, cinnamon, and many of the other high quality spices that we use.

Home base for That Nutty Redhead is the lovely, seaside resort town of Rockport, Massachusetts.


Lisa is also an author/historian, aka Victoriana Lady Lisa, who has a passion for the 19th century. 

A published author of "International Steampunk Fashions", she is also working on a second book, a Victorian/Edwardian fashions book, both published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

She is currently co-producing, with John Grant, a non-profit program for local cable TV entitled, All Things Victorian. "It's a way that I can give something back to the community that I love. Cape Ann is my healing place," says Lady Lisa.

Lady Lisa also had the honor of being a portrait model for artists in PA, and recently for famed impressionist, Jude Abbe, a member of one of the oldest and most prestigious art associations in the country - the Rockport Art Association.

Victoriana Lady had the privilege of being featured nationally. In 2011, she had a cameo appearance on one of the top rated reality shows - "Oddities". It was filmed in Manhattan at Obscura Antiques, where she wore her antique Mourning clothing and jewelry.

Also featured media wide twice in Victorian Homes magazine, a PA B&B magazine, as well as numerous newspaper interviews. She released a DVD, "Victorian Fashions At The Mansion", filmed at the nationally acclaimed Stegmaier Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Prior to this she portrayed the highly respected nurse Esther Tinsley, circa 1900, in a DVD film entitled "Haven On The Hill". (Both DVD's are sold out.)

She is a nationally acclaimed professional speaker, celebrating her 11th year. Victoriana Lady Lisa specializes in the Victorian & Edwardian era. Through her on line persona Lady Lisa transforms her passion for 19th century Victorian fashions into a romantic and memorable portrayal of life and times during the Gilded Age. You can re-live what life was like during your ancestors day, at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Victoriana Lady Lisa accomplishes this with charm, grace, authentic antique clothing, and artifacts from her own personal collection, circa 1840-1919. A literal traveling museum and an exciting peek into Grandmother's attic!!

Lady Lisa enjoys many aspects of entertaining, she was a previous caterer of afternoon Victorian style Tea Parties for women and children where she made wonderful homemade pastries, candy, and gourmet nuts, all presented on family heirloom China and lace linens.

The Lady has a most special man in her life, soul mate and business partner John Thomas Grant, respected photographer and author of the inspirational and moving book, "Final Thoughts- Eternal Beauty In Stone", published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Although she's had many setbacks in her life, there's no stopping this determined, dedicated woman. That's another story for another time. Future goals for Lady Lisa and the Passion Projects include wholesale clients at distinctive shops all over New England, and beyond for That Nutty Redhead - Praline Gourmet Nuts; more books, and TV Shows!

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