November 16, 2012 |
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 |
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.
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October 29, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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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April 12, 2012 |
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.
March 31, 2012
Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 12 1/2 cup walnuts (about 2 ounces), plus walnut halves for garnish if desired 1/2 cup almonds (about 2 ounces) 8 ounces pitted dates (about 1½ cups), cut into chunks 3 tablespoons sweet or dry red wine, or red grape juice, plus more as needed 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger About 4 pinches of ground cloves About 2 pinches of freshly ground black pepper (optional) 2 apples, such as Fuji or Gala (total about 12 ounces)
March 17, 2012 |
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.