April 15, 2011 |
Green almonds, which look like small, immature, teardrop-shaped peaches, have started showing up at farmers markets, attracting attention from adventurous chefs. A traditional snack in the Mediterranean and Middle East, they're a foretaste of the main almond harvest to come. But they also have a particular allure from their velvety appearance and ultra-seasonal availability. The first green almonds are tender enough to eat whole and have a herbaceous taste, like a raw pea pod, but tart and astringent.
July 4, 2010 |
In a 1787 letter posted from Paris, where he was serving as a diplomat, Thomas Jefferson wrote that, unable to find corn in Europe, he had devoted his garden to a crop of corn, to be eaten on the cob, boiled, with salt. Whether Jefferson wished to impress his French friends with a unique American dish or whether he was merely homesick for traditional summer fare of Virginia, he does not say. Corn had been grown in North America for millenniums before Europeans arrived, and distinct races of corn had been selected for particular uses: corn meal, hominy, popcorn, corn beer and corn on the cob. With the settling of the continent, corn breeding gained momentum, and now corn is primarily an industrial crop, providing ethanol, animal feed and high-fructose corn syrup.
October 9, 2009 |
Small, russet brown, and dotted with pockmarks, the Ashmead's Kernel apples grown organically by Windrose Farm in Paso Robles definitely won't win any beauty prizes. They do, however, have the most intense, complex flavor of any fruit in the world, strong and sharply sweet, with an aroma that reminds Britons of the traditional candies called pear drops -- derived, say chemists, from the amyl acetate ester. The catalog of Trees of Antiquity, the nursery in Paso Robles where Windrose bought this variety, describes the fruit as having a "crisp nutty snap," adding that it "explodes with Champagne-sherbet juice infused with a lingering scent of orange blossom."
March 15, 2008 |
LAS VEGAS -- Global warming has had a strange effect on Hollywood, such as stars trading in their sports cars for hybrids and Al Gore hoisting an Oscar. But its latest impact may also be its corniest.
March 9, 2008
Re "Corn is king -- and therefore a growing problem," March 2 This article illustrates that we need to learn from other countries that are successfully getting energy from sugar-cane-based ethanol. It seems that energy companies here are totally ignoring this cheap, efficient, abundant source of energy. Instead of making us fat, sugar could make us energy independent and help many of the poorer countries in the Western Hemisphere out of poverty with increased sugar prices. At the very least, we need to diversify our sources of energy.
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January 25, 2008 |
Smogdance, Claremont's most famous film festival, runs Friday through Sunday at Harvey Mudd College, with the attractions including 44 films and a reliable popcorn machine. "We've finally found a good place to rent the machine," festival director Charlotte Cousins said with a laugh, meaning that the popcorn problems of earlier festivals are just a memory. Smogdance, now in its 10th year, has become so well-established that it can afford to be choosy about its program.