January 1, 2010 |
Walnuts are available year-round, but the most traditional season for their consumption is late fall and winter, particularly around Christmas and New Year's. We're lucky that Rancho La Viña, a remnant of the walnut groves that once covered Southern California, sells high-quality nuts and oil at local farmers markets. The ranch, owned by the Baer family since 1869, grows 185 acres of walnuts in the Santa Rita Hills, between Lompoc and Buellton in Santa Barbara County, prime wine country.
December 30, 2009
Walnut dipping sauce Total time: 3 minutes Servings: This makes about 1 1/3 cups dipping sauce. Note: Adapted from Akila Inouye 3/4 cup walnuts 1 tablespoon sugar Scant 1 cup soba-tsuyu dipping sauce Blend the walnuts, sugar and soba-tsuyu in a blender until the walnuts are coarsely pureed. You can adjust the ingredients to your taste. Serve on the side with soba. Each one-third cup: 88 calories; 2 grams protein; 5 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 7 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 3 grams sugar; 352 mg. sodium.
December 26, 2009 |
California's walnut industry dived off a bridge last year, only to stage a bungee-cord rebound as it now sets sales records month after month, growers and processors report. Growers harvested a record-shattering 2008 crop of 436,000 tons, only to have the market nearly collapse in the face of last year's global credit crisis. Demand came roaring back in the spring, however, and has remained strong since. "We had 70,000 tons shipping in the month of November. The highest we ever had before was 48,000 tons," said Pete Turner, chairman of the California Independent Handlers Coalition.
December 23, 2009
Wilted Brussels sprouts with walnuts Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 6 1 pound Brussels sprouts 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar 1 teaspoon minced shallot 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons walnut oil Salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts 1. Prepare the Brussels sprouts: Trim the dried bases and pull away any loose or discolored outer leaves. Stand the sprout upright on the cutting board and slice it as thin as possible into coins.
November 4, 2009 |
Dear SOS: Could you please get us the recipe for the delicious, mouth-watering Honey Shrimp with Walnuts at Typhoon restaurant at Santa Monica Airport? It's to die for. Pat Garvin Santa Monica Dear Pat: Typhoon was happy to share the recipe. Despite the name, this shrimp dish doesn't actually contain any honey, but we loved the sweet sauce coating the crisp, fried shrimp and served with candied walnuts. Honey-walnut shrimp at Typhoon Total time: About 1 hour, plus cooling time for the walnuts Servings: 2 Note: Adapted from Typhoon Candied walnuts 1 cup water 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup walnut halves Canola oil for deep-frying In a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil.
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October 24, 2009 |
Tucked in the middle of the San Gabriel Valley lies nine square miles of hilly land flanked by four freeways filled with motorists, most of them heading elsewhere. And that's the way many of the 32,000 residents in Walnut like it. As the outside world drives by, those who live here on the far edge of Los Angeles County see it as a hidden oasis with horse-friendly crosswalks, single-family homes and an open, rolling landscape. Clean and quiet, safe and serene -- Walnut, locals say, is the quintessential bedroom community.
October 21, 2009
Cinnamon walnut monkey bread Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes plus rising time Servings: 10 to 12 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup sugar 1 recipe basic monkey bread dough 1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together over medium heat, stirring frequently, just until the brown sugar starts to dissolve...
October 14, 2009
Kale salad with cranberries and walnuts Total time: About 30 minutes Servings: Serves 4 to 6 Note: Adapted from "Love Soup" by Anna Thomas. Dinosaur kale is also known as black, Tuscan or lacinato kale. 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 pound (1 large bunch) dinosaur kale or any young kale 3 ounces (about 4 cups) arugula or baby mizuna 1/3 cup Kalamata or other cured olives 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, or pine nuts 1 small sweet red bell pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon walnut oil 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar, plus more to taste 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/4 pound blue cheese, feta cheese or sharp cheddar cheese, crumbled, to garnish (optional)
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September 24, 2009 |
Since the Raiders and Rams left Southern California after the 1994 season, several developers have come forward with grand but ultimately unrealized plans for bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles. Plans have been floated for stadiums in Carson, downtown Los Angeles, Anaheim and Pasadena's Rose Bowl. But at least for now, the proposal attracting the attention of state and local officials is developer Ed Roski Jr.'s plan to build an $800-million NFL stadium near the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways in the City of Industry.
April 22, 2009
Total time: 40 minutes Servings: Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies Note: Adapted from Eric Lechasseur of Seed Kitchen. Soy margarine and brown rice syrup are available at well-stocked and select health food markets. Whole wheat pastry flour and maple sugar are available at cooking and baking supply stores as well as well-stocked markets. 4 ounces silken firm tofu 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) soy margarine, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 cups unbleached flour 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 ounces maple sugar 6 ounces walnuts, chopped 1/4 cup brown rice syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.