September 17, 2011 |
In a deep turquoise pool in a gorge of steep granite and thick Douglas fir, dozens of salmon swam fitfully. Swirling and slow, they made their way up one side of the riverbed, only to run into the steep concrete face of Elwha Dam — the formidable barrier that for nearly 100 years has cut off most of the Elwha River from the salmon that traditionally populated it. Some primordial genetic imprint makes these fish keep trying. Nurtured in hatcheries for years, supplemented by the few wild fish that managed to spawn in the limited five-mile stretch of river left below the dam, these 20-pound chinook still fling themselves up the river.
August 20, 2011 |
Jim Thome hit more than half his 600 home runs for his first team, the Cleveland Indians, making him the career leader for that storied franchise. Here is a list of all-time home run leaders for the 30 big league franchises: Angels; Tim Salmon, 299 Dodgers; Duke Snider, 389 Arizona; Luis Gonzalez, 224 Atlanta; Hank Aaron, 733 Baltimore; Cal Ripken, 431 Boston; Ted Williams, 521 Chicago Cubs; Sammy Sosa, 545...
August 17, 2011 |
A group of Democratic Massachusetts lawmakers asked the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday to continue using its science-based approach in its approval process of biotechnology applications, intensifying the political debate over the FDA's consideration of genetically engineered salmon for food. Although Reps. Edward Markey, Barney Frank and James McGovern did not advocate for or against genetically engineered salmon, they did implore FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to conclude the approval process.
August 11, 2011 |
I'm flying through my summer wines, already out of rosés. But I've got a new candidate for house wine: the 2010 rosado or rosé from renowned Rioja producer Bodegas Muga. It's salmon-pink in color, more structured than a typical rosé, has slightly higher alcohol and acidity and, of course, is meant to be drunk young. A blend of mostly Garnacha (Grenache) with Viura and Tempranillo, Graciano or Mazuelo, depending on the year, it's scented with wild strawberries and cherries.
August 2, 2011 |
A coalition of nearly 30 organizations in the animal agriculture industry sent a letter to the heads of the House and Senate on Tuesday, asking lawmakers not to intervene as the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve genetically engineered salmon as food. The letter comes more than a month after the House approved an amendment, by voice acclamation, to an appropriations bill that would strip the FDA of funding to study the salmon. On July 15, members of the House and Senate sent letters to the FDA asking it to abandon its consideration of modified salmon as food, and threatened to propose legislation to bar further study of the fish if the agency does not comply.
August 2, 2011
People tend to respect and believe in science — until it tells them something they didn't want to hear. Thus President George W. Bush clung to his billion-dollar-a-year Reading First program even after a study by his administration showed that it wasn't improving students' reading. Senators from states where the gray wolf was reintroduced successfully pushed for legislation delisting it as an endangered species; it didn't matter what the Interior Department had determined. Now eight senators from salmon-fishing states are warning the Food and Drug Administration that they will pursue legislation — already passed in the House — to keep the FDA from using any of its funding to study whether genetically modified salmon are safe for the environment and consumers.
July 31, 2011 |
A group of senators has asked the Food and Drug Administration to abandon its approval process of genetically engineered salmon as food, threatening to push legislation to strip the FDA's funding to study the fish if the agency does not comply. Eight senators sent a letter dated July 15 to the FDA asking it to "immediately cease" consideration of such salmon, a product brought before the agency by AquaBounty Technologies 15 years ago. AquaBounty's proposal calls for the embryos of the fish to be sterilized in Canada before being shipped to Panama, where the males would be exposed to estrogen and sex-reversed.
July 28, 2011
Smoked salmon onigiri filling Total time: 10 minutes Servings: Makes enough filling for 4 onigiri 3 ounces smoked salmon, thinly sliced 1. Heat the broiler. Place slices of the salmon on a foil-lined baking sheet and broil until the surface of the fish turns opaque, 1 to 1½ minutes on each side depending on the heat of the broiler. Remove and set aside just until the fish is cool enough to be handled. Flake the salmon using your fingers. 2. The salmon can be used as a filling within the onigiri or can be mixed together with the rice before forming onigiri (use half the amount of cooked rice for the basic onigiri recipe)
July 7, 2011
Crisp-skinned salmon with lentils, bacon and dandelion greens Total time: 1 hour, 35 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload pictures of the finished dish here. 6 to 8 salmon fillets (1½ to 2 pounds total) Salt 2 slices bacon, cut in thin strips 1/4 cup chopped carrots, chopped in roughly ½-inch pieces 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 pound lentils (preferably green lentils)
July 7, 2011 |
When you reconnect with an old friend you haven't seen in a long time, it's only natural that you want to make the occasion kind of special. Maybe have them for dinner. In this case, literally. After a long three-year dry spell, California's salmon are back — well, at least a few of them are. So the big question now is: How to cook them? It's been a tough struggle for a fish that not so long ago was regarded as pretty much of a weekday dinner standby. But after peaking with a 2003 catch that totaled more than 7 million pounds, the bottom fell out of the state's fishery.