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December 11, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
I've been following the beautiful kitchenware made by the father-daughter team of Herriott Grace   practically since they started working together four years ago. Lance Herriott is a woodworker and lives in Victoria, Canada. His daughter Nikole has her studio in Toronto, where she styles and photographs the wood pieces he makes from salvaged, chemical-free wood. I covet just about everything in their online shop. If you're looking for a special gift for a passionate baker, consider their pastry cutter with a large 2.5-inch stainless-steel blade with  a slight crimp and a hand-turned handle in ebony, black walnut or mahogany ($72)
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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.
FOOD
November 10, 2012
They seem easy to overlook —- how special can a nut be? — but every fall I look forward to the new crop of walnuts. Get them now, when the meat is sweet and slightly creamy, and they haven't had a chance to develop any bitter rancidity. The shells will be fragile enough to crack with your hands. How to choose: Walnuts that are already shelled are convenient, but be aware that they do go rancid fairly quickly. Choose nutmeats that are plump and pale; avoid any that are shriveled or discolored.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
On behalf of the animal rights group PETA, an Irvine woman is asking the city to erect a memorial at the street corner where 1,600 pounds of fish died this month when a container truck crashed into two other vehicles. Dina Kourda, a volunteer with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote to the Irvine Public Works Department to request that a sign be placed at Walnut and Yale avenues to honor the lives of the fish - believed to be saltwater bass - lost in the accident. The fish had been stored in large tanks that cracked open as a result of the Oct. 11 accident.
FOOD
July 21, 2012
  Total time: 40 minutes, plus cooling and chilling times Servings: 4 Note: This spread is concentrated and spicy, and is served in smaller amounts than others. Serve it with fresh pita bread or other Middle Eastern flatbread. You can find Aleppo pepper at Middle Eastern markets. 1 red bell pepper 1 cup walnuts (about 3½ ounces), plus a few walnut halves for garnish 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1 red Fresno or red jalapeño (optional)
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
(Editor's note: Staff writer Mary MacVean tried out trainer Jackie Warner' s diet and exercise plan from her new book “10 Pounds in 10 Days.” Here's her experience. Read about her first day here .) Day 2 I basically follow rules; it makes me nervous not to. But there's no way I'm going to drink just one cup of coffee each day - all that's allowed on Warner's plan. I dutifully bought the almond milk she called for, but most mornings it stays in my frig.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Los Lobos guitarist and singer Cesar Rosas has sold his house in Walnut for $1.425 million. The 3,906-square-foot home sits on nearly an acre in the hills. Built in 2008, it features a panoramic view of the San Gabriel Valley, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Public records show he bought the house the year it was built for $1.405 million. The Grammy-winning East L.A. band played earlier this month at the Greek Theatre during the inaugural Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo Festival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Seconds before showtime, the DJ took his place before the bank of monitors, switches and dials. He took a deep breath, a light flickered on above the door. Waffles was on the air. "It's the best in rock!" he said into the mike. "Let's start things off right!" With that, he kicked off a rollicking two hours on Mt. Rock Radio, the student-run station at Mt. San Antonio College. Howling guitars and heart-pounding percussion pulsed through the airwaves. The spiky-haired host, zinging with frenetic energy, drummed his fingers to the beat and sang along as he worked the boards and set up the playlist — Thin Lizzy, Joan Jett, the Ramones.
FOOD
March 17, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I am from North Carolina and recently visited Los Angeles. While there I visited Julienne in San Marino. The double-chocolate espresso walnut cookie is the best I have ever eaten. Would it be possible to get the recipe for this cookie? Pat Schwanhausser Elkin, N.C. Dear Pat: Julienne was happy to share its recipe for amazing chocolate espresso cookies, which we've adapted below. It's a must-have recipe for any chocolate lover. Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes plus cooling time Servings: Makes about 2 dozen cookies Note: Adapted from Julienne in San Marino.
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