October 3, 2004
During my tenure as a television quiz-show writer (penning questions for "The Weakest Link" and the Maury Povich-hosted version of "Twenty One"), I stumbled across an unexpectedly rich source of trivia: the macadamia nut. Named in honor of Dr.
June 11, 2001 |
Have you noticed that when you buy a can of fancy mixed nuts, the label invariably proclaims "less than 10% peanuts"? This is not because there's something wrong with peanuts. Quite the opposite, in fact. What you're seeing is truth in labeling, because in the social hierarchy of nuts, peanuts are the poor relations.
September 23, 2000 |
Skip the potato chips and crackers while you watch the Olympics tonight and instead snack the Aussie way with a Vegemite sandwich, macadamia nuts and lollies. Vegemite--a yeast-based spread--may be an acquired taste for Americans, but it's an Australian kitchen staple. It was invented by Fred Walker in Melbourne in 1922. He used brewer's yeast blended with celery, onions and salt to make this thick black paste. But don't eat Vegemite by the spoon like peanut butter; a thin spread is enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2000 |
Our valley's Chinese food looks drab compared with the San Gabriel Valley's, but surprises do surface once in a while. One is Crown Wok Palace in Sherman Oaks, a place of honest Chinese cooking with a terribly retro look, all pink vinyl booths and Chinese shell paintings. A friend from Beverly Hills almost bolted when she saw our table's silk flowers, complete with their artificial drops of dew.
HOME & GARDEN
April 29, 2000 |
Nuts! Macadamia nuts to be exact. Once my favorite, they now haunt me. I can't see a can of them without thinking of the seven years I spent as a sore-thumbed, vermin-hunting, allergy-ridden, back-aching macadamia rancher. Having a macadamia tree in the backyard is like having a monkey for a pet: sounds like a good idea when you're looking at the cute little fella, but oh what a headache comes with the reality.
HOME & GARDEN
April 1, 2000 |
Mention macadamia nuts and most people think of Hawaii, which is something Tom Cooper wants to stop. Instead, the Fallbrook macadamia nut farmer would like you to think of your backyard. "Many people don't realize that in Southern California, we can grow macadamia nuts that are even better than those grown in Hawaii," says the owner of Cooper's Nut House, where they sell macadamia nut trees and farm, process and sell nuts. Macadamia nuts aren't even from Hawaii.