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November 9, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Have a batch of raisins (or dried cherries, currants, figs, dates) that are particularly dry? Rehydrate them to plump them up before eating. Place the raisins in a bowl and pour boiling water to cover. They'll soften in minutes. This also works great when adding raisins (or other dried fruit) to recipes when baking. Consider rehydrating the raisins in fruit juice, or try a liquor (I love rehydrating raisins in rum before adding them to coffee cakes) for extra depth and added flavor.
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January 25, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
I knew dried fruit had an image problem, but I had no idea how bad it had gotten. Sure, I can kind of understand how prunes, er, "dried plums," might have an issue - let's face it, any time your marketing solution involves changing your product's name entirely, well, things are tough. But the other day, I was talking to Cooks County's Roxana Jullapat, and she told me that in her restaurant, merely putting the word "raisin" on the menu was enough to kill sales for a dish completely.
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October 12, 2012 | By David Karp
REEDLEY, Calif. -- Raisins are the neglected icon of California agriculture, perceived as an old-fashioned industrial commodity, devoid of seasonal sizzle. At farmers markets, however, it's well worth searching out special varieties, freshly harvested and processed by small growers. One of the top grape vendors at local farmers markets, Linda and Brian Raphael of Apkarian Family Farm, produce high-quality raisins in small quantities, and they show up personally to sell them. On Monday, in anticipation of rain, they were pulling in the last of their trays from the drying yard in Reedley, in Fresno County, where almost three-quarters of the state's raisin crop is produced.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Diahann Carroll is no theatrical Rip Van Winkle, although one might think that was the case, going by early reports of her recently announced return to Broadway next spring opposite Denzel Washington in Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun.” The producers noted in their announcement  of the revival that it will be Carroll's “first Broadway appearance in over 30 years” - the most recent one having been a brief fill-in turn in 1983...
BUSINESS
June 10, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The Supreme Court on Monday gave a California raisin-growing couple another chance to defend their claim that the government violated their constitutional rights by fining them after they refused to obey Depression-era crop mandates. In a unanimous ruling , the high court sent the case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying it had incorrectly ruled that  it did not have jurisdiction to hear a particular defense brought forth by the couple suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The case arose in 2002 and was brought forth by Marvin and Laura Horne, who have grown raisins in California's Central Valley since 1969 under the Raisin Valley Farms brand.
FOOD
January 9, 2008
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes Servings: 4 Note: From Maze restaurant chef de cuisine Josh Emett in New York 1 cauliflower head 2 cups heavy cream Sea salt Finely ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon pink peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon Sarawak peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon white peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns 2 cups golden raisins 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for deep-frying, divided ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
KERMAN, Calif. - "Look, look," said Marvin Horne, squinting in the sun as he showed his wife a small bunch of Thompson seedless grapes just plucked from his lush green vines. He took the tiniest bite out of one and made a face. "We're about two months away. " In late August, when the grapes ripen, Marvin and Laura Horne will pick the fruit, lay it to dry on 2-by-3-foot sheets of white paper and like a thousand other farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, pray against rain as the crop slowly shrivels into raisins.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1986 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
When Lori Jones visits her brother in Newport Beach every summer, more than a sibling reunion draws her here. The 28-year-old resident of Longview, Wash., heads directly for the local swimwear shops. "California is the only place I can find a decent swimsuit," she said.
FOOD
January 25, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
I knew dried fruit had an image problem, but I had no idea how bad it had gotten. Sure, I can kind of understand how prunes, er, "dried plums," might have an issue - let's face it, any time your marketing solution involves changing your product's name entirely, well, things are tough. But the other day, I was talking to Cooks County's Roxana Jullapat, and she told me that in her restaurant, merely putting the word "raisin" on the menu was enough to kill sales for a dish completely.
FOOD
September 1, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I'd love to get the recipe for the couscous at Hillstone (formerly Houston's) in Santa Monica. Many thanks. Meghan Tilley Venice Dear Meghan: We loved the fresh flavors and bright colors in this couscous, which makes for a great summer side dish or a perfect snack. Enjoy! Houston's couscous Total time: 40 minutes, plus cooling time Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Adapted from Hillstone Restaurant Group 3 cups water, divided 1/2 cup couscous 1/2 cup bulgur wheat 3/4 cup coarsely chopped radishes 3 tablespoons finely cut green onions 3 tablespoons minced Italian parsley 1/2 cup raisins 12 very small tomatoes, such as Sweet 100s 1/3 cup whole roasted, skin-on almonds About ½ cup whole fresh mint leaves 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, preferably Meyer lemon, more to taste 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 1. In a small saucepan, bring 11/2 cups water to a simmer.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
It's official: Denzel Washington will return to Broadway in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun. "  The theater world has been buzzing that the Oscar winner would star in an upcoming production of Lorraine Hansberry's prize-winning drama. The actor confirmed the rumors at the New York premiere of his comedy “2 Guns,”  the Wall Street Journal reported . PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage While plugging the film "Flight" last year, Washington said he was planning to return to Broadway in 2014, with Kenny Leon directing and Scott Rudin producing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
KERMAN, Calif. - "Look, look," said Marvin Horne, squinting in the sun as he showed his wife a small bunch of Thompson seedless grapes just plucked from his lush green vines. He took the tiniest bite out of one and made a face. "We're about two months away. " In late August, when the grapes ripen, Marvin and Laura Horne will pick the fruit, lay it to dry on 2-by-3-foot sheets of white paper and like a thousand other farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, pray against rain as the crop slowly shrivels into raisins.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The Supreme Court on Monday gave a California raisin-growing couple another chance to defend their claim that the government violated their constitutional rights by fining them after they refused to obey Depression-era crop mandates. In a unanimous ruling , the high court sent the case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying it had incorrectly ruled that  it did not have jurisdiction to hear a particular defense brought forth by the couple suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The case arose in 2002 and was brought forth by Marvin and Laura Horne, who have grown raisins in California's Central Valley since 1969 under the Raisin Valley Farms brand.
NATIONAL
June 10, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court opened the door Monday for California raisin growers to challenge the constitutionality of a Depression-era farming law that requires them to keep part of their annual crop off the market. In a 9-0 ruling, the justices cleared the way for Marvin and Laura Horne from Fresno to argue that this “mandatory reserve” program takes away their private property without just compensation. “This is America, not a communist state,” they said upon filing their suit.
FOOD
May 25, 2013
  45 minutes. Serves 2 to 4 Sautéed apples 1/3 cup raisins 1/2 cup rum 3 apples, preferably Granny Smith, cored, peeled and each cut into 8 slices 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1. In a small saucepan, combine the raisins and rum over medium-low heat just until the rum warms and begins to soften the raisins. Remove from heat and set aside until the raisins are softened and plump.
FOOD
May 11, 2013 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: On a trip up the coast of Maine, we found a wonderful bakery in Portland called Standard Baking Co. Everything was delicious, but my husband declared the oatmeal cookies the best he'd ever had, and we made a special detour on the return route to buy more cookies. I'd love it if you could obtain their recipe, so I could surprise him with a batch. Helene Morrison Arroyo Grande Dear Helene: If I didn't know how easy they were to make, I'd plan a vacation in the area just so I could get my fix of these cookies.
NEWS
August 10, 1989
For the first time, California raisins are headed for store shelves in Japan, with the first shipment of about $1.5 million worth of the fruit leaving the Port of Oakland. The raisins are being exported by the California Dried Fruit Co., a consortium of 18 San Joaquin Valley companies. Nicholas Boghosian, president of the consortium, said the sale of bulk raisins to Japan culminates four years of negotiations.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
This old-fashioned custard pie starts with a wonderful pecan-like base, but instead of going for the more traditional nut, cookbook writer Patty Pinner folds walnuts and raisins into the filling and spices the pie with orange zest and nutmeg in a recipe adapted from her "Sweety Pies. " The recipe is demonstrated at left by Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter. Walnut raisin pie is one of the favorite holiday recipes we've collected in our "Los Angeles Times Holiday Handbook. " The book shares more than 110 seasonal recipes to help you celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah , Christmas and New Year's.
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