January 25, 2014 |
ARTOIS, Calif. - Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon. This 1,700-acre spread is the domain of California Olive Ranch, an upstart company with big ambitions. The U.S. is the world's No. 3 consumer of olive oil, drizzling 293,000 metric tons of the stuff over salads and pizzas last year. Yet almost every drop was produced overseas in countries including Spain, Italy and Greece.
November 19, 2013 |
Thanksgiving is little more than a week away, and it's never too soon to start planning your menu. Food editor Russ Parsons and I are demonstrating videos of classic dishes on the blog every couple of days to get you in the mood. If you're planning on a rich multi-course feast for the holidays (and why shouldn't you be?), it's probably a good ideas to start it off with something light, crisp and fairly simple. This salad from Russ, made with Fuyu persimmons, is just the thing. Russ demonstrates the recipe in the video above.
November 5, 2013 |
You don't just have to be a cereal or beer fan -- or a natural foods junkie -- to love barley. This ancient grain has long been used in a variety of ways, and it's perfect for adding substance and heft to a variety of recipes, from breads to soups and stews, as well as salads. Check out these ideas: Cucumber and yogurt soup with barley: For a soup at once filling and refreshing, you can't beat this recipe, which combines cool cucumbers and yogurt with fresh garlic, mint and dill, along with pearl barley and crunchy walnuts.
August 23, 2013 |
I'd never stepped foot in El Pollo Loco until I ventured in for lunch to try one of the new summer tacos. I liked the look of all those chickens (with all their parts) sizzling on the massive grill and the fact that they have an actual salsa bar as opposed to handing out tiny packets of hot sauce. As I strolled over to have a look, a worker was refilling the stainless steel containers from pitchers labeled by date (a good sign). She poured out a soft green sauce and a clear red sauce with hot pepper flakes that actually packed some heat.
August 12, 2013 |
Pinnacle Foods Inc., owner of brands such as Hungry Man dinners and Duncan Hines baking mixes, is buying the Wish-Bone salad dressing brands from Unilever for $580 million. The deal, funded by cash and new debt, comes as Unilever readjusts its priorities to beauty and health goods from food products. In January, the company, which is based in the Netherlands and Britain, sold its Skippy peanut butter brand to Spam maker Hormel Foods for $700 million. Now Pinnacle, which is based in Parsippany, N.J., will take on Wish-Bone as well as the Western brand of dressings.
August 7, 2013 |
Get a free boat tour of Long Beach Harbor when you buy lunch at one of four restaurants near the city's Shoreline Aquatic Park. It happens every Wednesday through the end of the month -- provided you like lunch at noon sharp. The deal: Order takeout lunch prior to arriving at one of these Shoreline Village places -- Stefano's Pizza , Tugboat Pete's , Cafe Dia Bakery or Shenanigan's Irish Pub & Grill -- to reserve your spot on the boat. Then pick up your food by 11:45 a.m. and receive boarding passes for the Spirit Cruise that leaves at noon (Dock 9 near Parkers Lighthouse)