July 12, 2013 |
With thick, hollow trunks and lichen-draped limbs propped up on crutches, the century-old Gravenstein trees at Walker Apples look less like a working orchard than an arboreal infirmary, or the rear guard of a retreating army. The 20 square miles of Gravensteins that once covered the local hills are now reduced to one, and the remaining trees also would have succumbed to chain saws were it not for the matchless flavor of their fruits and the determination of a small band of farmers and preservationists.
February 10, 2011 |
Dear SOS: Help! The apple butter cake at Huckleberry is the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. I can't stop thinking about the taste. I would do anything for the recipe, including washing dishes there for the day. It's that good. Jefferson Davis Naples Island Dear Jefferson: I love this cake. Huckleberry's apple butter cake incorporates almond meal and cornmeal with whole wheat and all-purpose flours for a dense but wonderfully crumbly texture. Not too sweet, it's unabashedly rich, with no shortage of butter and a nice tang from generous apple chunks.
August 23, 2012 |
It works for underwear: Just ask Spider-Man. And it's “grrrrreat” for cereal, as Tony the Tiger can attest. So why not get Elmo to hawk apples? Turns out it could be good business. Kids took nearly twice as many apples when they had Elmo stickers on them as when they didn't, researchers from Cornell University said in a letter in the August issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. David Just, co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, and Brian Wansink, a Cornell marketing professor, noted that much of the food served in schools is provided by outside contractors who brand their products.
September 18, 2012 |
So.... which apples are best for eating, and which ones are best for cooking and baking? Click here for 52 apple recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen! Food editor Russ Parsons explored the often perplexing apple question in a column he did on heirloom apples just a few autumns ago: The world of apples is supposedly divided cleanly in two: cookers and eaters. But does that mean you can't eat a cooker? Or cook an eater? And what makes a "cooking" apple anyway?
August 17, 2013 |
Global warming has subtly altered the taste and texture of Japanese apples over the last 40 years, although consumers may not realize it, according to new research. A study published in Scientific Reports concluded that climate change was likely responsible for earlier apple tree blooms and warmer growing seasons in Japan, as well as softer and less acidic apples. "The taste and textural attributes of apples in the market are undergoing change from a long-term perspective, even though consumers might not perceive these subtle changes," wrote lead study author Toshihiko Sugiura, a fruit tree researcher at Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization.
October 2, 2013 |
You know it's fall when all those colorful varieties of apples start showing up in the market. It's hard not to want to snag a few of each to try out in the kitchen. But how do you tell which apples are best for a specific use? Which apples are best for eating, and which ones are best for cooking and baking? Food editor Russ Parsons explored the often perplexing apple question in a column he did on heirloom apples just a few autumns ago: "The world of apples is supposedly divided cleanly in two: cookers and eaters.
March 26, 2008
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, plus chilling time Servings: 8 Note: Adapted from a recipe by Rustic Canyon pastry chef Zoe Nathan. Creamy wildflower honey is milky in color and available at many specialty grocery stores and farmers markets. Nathan recommends Cypress Grove goat cheese, available at Whole Foods stores. Butter pastry 1 3/4 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1/2 -inch pieces and chilled In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
June 27, 2013 |
If you don't like Apple's latest TV ad, you aren't alone. This month the company launched a commercial dubbed "Designed by Apple in California" showing users with their Apple devices while an actor reads what is essentially a company manifesto . That ad premiered at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference. According to one consulting firm, it has been Apple's lowest rated ad in the last year. Ace Metrix Inc. gave the ad a score of 489 -- way below the industry average of 542, according to Bloomberg Businessweek . And uncommonly low considering that Apple ads have often scored over 700. Ace Metrix bases its scores on surveys its conducts of at least 500 TV viewers.
March 19, 2012 |
Apple Inc.'s plan to launch a stock buyback program as well as start paying a quarterly dividend was welcome news to investors in the world's most valuable company. Apple will pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share, starting in its fiscal fourth quarter, which begins July 1. And a $10 billion share buyback program will begin next fiscal year, reports our colleague David Sarno. It's big news -- and not just because of the big bucks involved. The development also suggests a break with the way Apple was run under late Chief Executive Steve Jobs : For years, the company had rejected demands to share that money with stockholders. The about-face left some consumers -- you know, the men, women and children who purchased the products that made such wealth possible -- grumbling on Monday, wondering about their piece of the pie. In a conference call with investors this morning, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the company would spend about $45 billion on the two-pronged approach over the next three years.