March 1, 2004 |
A surge in the production of almonds, the biggest crop requiring honeybees for pollination and one of the few crops farmers consider a money maker, has created a bee shortage in California. The prices farmers pay for the hives they need to pollinate their crops has gone up this year. And tiny, bee-killing mites have been cutting into the bee supply.
May 7, 2005 |
California almond growers are once again being stung by a shortage of honeybees. A doubling of almond prices since 2001 has spurred farmers to plant new orchards, and "demand is reaching the limit of the bee community to keep up," said Gene Brandi, a Los Banos beekeeper -- or apiarist -- and former chairman of the National Honey Board. A year ago, bees were in short supply because wildfires had destroyed thousands of hives.
July 20, 2013 |
Dear SOS: During my family reunion in Portland, Ore., this past summer, we stumbled upon what we all decided were the tastiest beer nuts. We had them at Deschutes Brewery at 210 NW 11th Ave. I also discovered, upon returning to California, that some of my friends didn't know what beer nuts were! I would very much like to make some and share with them. Beverly Matsuda Irvine Dear Beverly: Deschutes Brewery was happy to share its recipe for this classic sweet-and-salty bar snack.
January 19, 2013 |
Dear SOS: I understand that the previous incarnation of the cafe at Nordstrom in the Westside Pavilion is now closed. They used to have a chicken salad that included chicken breast, green apple slices, baby greens or spring mix greens and some sort of cheese (possibly goat milk but not feta) and a very light dressing. Any chance you can get your hands on that recipe? Annette Farmer Mar Vista Dear Annette: Both tart fresh apple slices and dried apple chips flavor this salad, also tossed with sliced onion, lightly spiced candied almonds, julienned strips of chicken and creamy goat cheese.
June 24, 2010
White gazpacho with grapes ( Ajo blanco con uvas ) Total time: 25 minutes, plus optional chilling time Servings: 4 Note: This gazpacho is best made with fresh almonds, shelled, blanched and skinned. To blanch and skin almonds: bring a saucepan of water to a full boil. Add the almonds and blanch them for 60 seconds. Drain. While they are still warm, slip the skins off. 6 slices day-old bread, crusts removed (6 ounces) 1 cup blanched and skinned almonds 3 cloves garlic 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup Sherry vinegar 2 teaspoons salt 2 cups water, plus extra for soaking the bread, divided 12 green grapes, seeds removed if there are any 1. Soak the bread in enough water to cover until it is softened.