Black walnuts remind me of my paternal grandfather. He and the rest of my family lived in a precious house in a small town in Illinois. It was surrounded by corn fields, and like most midwestern homes, had a large basement. In the back corner of the basement was his nut cracking station. It was a wrap-around desk that had a large, stationary nut cracker, hand picks, a radio, a magnifying glass, and boxes and boxes of nuts. The family favorite was and still is black walnuts. They are more abundant and large in the midwest than in California. Here, they are tiny and don’t have much meat, so farmers don’t bother growing them because they don’t want to put in the effort to pick out the little bits of walnut from its hard shell. At the farmers market, I have been harrasing all the nut vendors about black walnuts. They all say the same thing, they aren’t worth it. Finally, one of them surprised me last weekend with a plastic baggy of 8 ounces of black walnuts. It was worth the 8$, easily. English or “Chandler” walnuts can’t hold a candle to the complex and deep flavor of black walnuts. Good luck trying to find them, but I guarantee they are worth the effort.
Maple Β bacon and whole grain waffles with cream cheese and black walnuts
Recipe: Serves 1
4 slices turkey bacon (I adore Trader Joes’)
two whole wheat frozen waffles
~3 tbsp full fat, whipped cream cheese
~2 tbsp black walnuts, chopped
maple syrup (I use Josephs sugar free)
Directions – Microwave the turkey bacon for 3.5 minutes, covered with a paper towel. Check it at the end and if you want it to be crispier, blot the grease and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Meanwhile, toast the waffles according to the package’s directions. Smother in cream cheese. Top with black walnuts. Drizzle the waffles and turkey bacon with maple syrup. Enjoy!
Turkey bacon * a great source of B vitamins and lean protein. Make sure you find a brand that has about 30 calories and 6 grams of protein per slice! NOT JENNY O.
Walnuts * a fabulous source of 0mega 3 fatty acids. Walnuts have been found to decrease LDL cholesterol, decrease inflammation, improve endothelial cell function, and decrease risk of excessive blood clotting, all of which decrease heart disease risk. They may also help reduce metabolic syndrome symptoms and decrease tummy fat. They are rich in antioxidants and may help protect against some cancers.
I went to a “What’s Your Fantasy” party last Thursday. Any guesses as to what my costume is?
I went to Foodbuzz Fest this weekend (recap soon) and was convinced by Bobby McCormick that I need a Twitter. I caved. If you want me to follow you, tell me your name! And if you want to hear me say minimal things that are hopefully but doubtfully entertaining, follow me…