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March 26, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Chicago-based Gold Standard Baking has voluntarily recalled Sweet P's Bake Shop branded Caramel Apple Danish Coffee Cake after discovering that it contained walnuts, but was distributed in packaging that did not state their presence, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recall affects 1,134 cases of the product, which were manufactured between Feb. 3 and March 6 and distributed to retailers nationwide. Recalled packages bear the UPC 011225113833, and lot codes 020313 and 030613.
March 23, 2013
  Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 10 servings of ¼ cup (makes about 2½ cups) Note: Sweet red wine is traditional in haroset, but you can use any wine you like or substitute grape juice. 1 cup almonds (about 5 ounces) 1 cup walnuts (about 3.5 ounces) 1 cup pitted dates (about 4.5 ounces or 20 Deglet Noor dates), pitted, halved and cut in chunks 1/2 cup dried apricots (3 ounces or 12 apricots), cut in chunks 1/2 cup dried figs (about 4 large whole figs)
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)
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.
November 10, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
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 sour 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.
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.
October 28, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Craig McNamara is a sustainable farming expert, organic walnut farmer in the Sacramento Valley town of Winters, founder of the nonprofit Center for Land-Based Learning and the California Farm Academy, and president of the state Board of Food and Agriculture, which advises state officials on farming policies. Organic food basket: At his Sierra Orchards, Craig McNamara makes extensive use of pro-environment and conservation techniques as he grows 450 acres of organic walnuts, presses organic olive oil from 150 trees that are more than a century old and helps his son raise hops for a local craft beer.
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)
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.
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