Recipe: Baked Asparagus With Toasted Walnuts

Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 8:29 AM
Published: Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

            Recipe: Baked Asparagus With Toasted Walnuts

Asparagus is more elegant when sprinkled with walnuts and given a hint of lemon. The baking time of the asparagus will vary with the thickness of the spears, tester Jeanne Besser says. When removing the nuts, test and gauge additional time necessary. 

Note: For Rosh Hashana and other holidays, dietary restrictions for Passover need not be observed as noted below. Regular margarine may be used. 


Hands on time: 20 minutes  Total time: 45 minutes  Serves: 8


    4 tablespoons chopped walnuts 
    2 to 3 pounds thin-speared asparagus, woody stems removed 
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper for asparagus and topping, to taste 
    1 tablespoon kosher for Passover margarine, cut into small pieces 
    3 tablespoons walnut oil or olive oil 
    1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread walnuts on a cookie sheet and set aside. Spread asparagus on a separate cookie sheet; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and dot with margarine. Bake nuts until aromatic and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Bake asparagus for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender but still crisp. 
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Before serving, spoon topping over asparagus and sprinkle with walnuts. -- Adapted from “Fast & Festive Meals for the Jewish Holidays: Complete Menus, Rituals, and 
Party-Planning Ideas for Every Holiday of the Year” by Marlene Sorosky (William Morrow, $27, 1997)


Per serving (based on 8): 96 calories (percent of calories from fat, 78), 2 grams protein, 3 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 9 grams fat (1 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 18 milligrams sodium. 

Go behind the scenes at Netherworld, 1 of America's top haunts

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:16 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 6:46 AM
By: Nelson Hicks - WSBTV

Chainsaws, soul eaters, toxic foam -- it's just another October night at one of the country's top haunted attractions, Netherworld in Norcross.

This year marks the 20th year of haunts, terrifying screams and fear at Netherworld.

"We have so much crazy new stuff," co-owner and creator Ben Armstrong said. "We've got these creatures called soul eaters. They are these bizarre monstrosities.They're all over the place. They're upstairs in 'Monsters.' And downstairs, in 'Meltdown,' it's a nuclear meltdown. There's missiles. There's a reactor. There's mutants. It's absolutely insane."

Netherworld features two haunts. There's "Monsters" upstairs and "Vault 13 Meltdown" downstairs.

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In "Monsters," there's an invasion of horrific aliens released from the unknown. They threaten our world and only the return of ancient creatures from Netherworld’s past can defeat them. It has been 20 years since Dr. Colber opened the doorway to Netherworld and now the invasion of our planet reaches a fevered pitch in an epic war of the monsters. Experience the Flying Angel, the Lair of The Sea Witch, the Feasting Vampires and an army of hideous Soul Eaters in "Monsters."

Descend into Netherworld’s dark basement to a secret government facility filled with unnameable horrors in "Vault 13 Meltdown!" During the events of last year’s "Vault 13 Unearthed," the mad artificial intelligence Proteus seized control of Vault 13 and used its resources to capture his creator, the Mangler. Proteus now demands that the Mangler create him a “bride” or the world will be destroyed with the massive nuclear arsenal of Vault 13. Can the chaos be stopped or will mutations, aliens, robots and nuclear destruction be unleashed on an unsuspecting planet, slaughtering millions? Vault 13 includes the Xenomorphic Terror, the Collapsing Missile, the Blast Off Inferno, the return of the Toxic Foam Room and more.

"You can't describe it," visitor Austin Kunis said. "It's like you're in a movie. It's like everything is around you. You look up and there's something. You look down and there's something. It's all around you."

A number of fan favorites from the past 19 haunts are back this year. Armstrong and co-owner and creator Billy Messina have resurrected legendary characters such as the Collector, the Harvestman and the Boogeyman.

Netherworld Haunted House has been rated one of the top high-tech haunts in America and noted for having one of the best haunted house casts by USA Today Reader’s Poll named Netherworld as one of America’s best haunted attractions.

It's open every night through Halloween and select nights in November.

America's favorite Halloween candies by state

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:16 AM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:15 AM
By: Brianna Chambers - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            America's favorite Halloween candies by state
WHEELING, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Halloween candy is offered for sale at a Walgreens store on September 19, 2013 in Wheeling, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Scott Olson)

With Halloween approaching, many excited children are practicing their "trick-or-treat" mantras and imagining what sweets and candies will fill their baskets.

At the same time, adults are gearing up to go to stores and purchase bags of all kinds of treats and sugary goodies.

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A list released by product-review site Influenster aimed to make it easier than ever to make sure no candies are left unwanted at the bottoms of barrels.

The report, which reveals which candies were most liked in each state, compiled data from more than 40,000 people who voted in a 2015 survey. 

The results show candy corn, often known as a love-it-or-hate-it candy, as the No. 1 pick in the most states: Oregon, Wyoming, Texas, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups collected the most votes overall with a total of 4,348 votes.

"If the U.S.A. were compared to other countries in the rest of the world, Reese's would be our (national) candy," said Aydin Acar, co-founder and CEO of Influenster. "I personally love M&M's, so I stand by Michigan and Oklahoma."

Here are the most popular Halloween treats by state, according to Influenster:

Alabama: AirHeads

Alaska: Snickers

Arizona: Toblerone

Arkansas: Skittles

California: Life Savers

Colorado: Milky Way

Connecticut: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Delaware: 3 Musketeers

Florida: Nestlé Crunch

Georgia - Pixy Stix

Hawaii: 100 Grand Bar

Idaho: Butterfinger

Illinois: Snickers

Indiana: Reese’s Pieces

Iowa: Twix

Kansas: Twizzlers

Kentucky: Whoppers

Louisiana: Swedish Fish

Maine: Starburst

Maryland: Almond Joy

Massachusetts: Starburst

Michigan: M&M’s

Minnesota: 100 Grand Bar

Mississippi: Hershey’s Kisses

Missouri: Hershey’s Kisses

Montana: Kit Kat

Nebraska: Skittles

Nevada: Jolly Ranchers

New Hampshire: Tootsie Rolls

New Jersey: Sour Patch Kids

New Mexico: 3 Musketeers

New York: Sweetarts

North Carolina: Butterfinger

North Dakota: Sour Patch Kids

Ohio: Milky Way

Oklahoma: M&M’s

Oregon: Candy corn

Pennsylvania: Swedish Fish

Rhode Island: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

South Carolina: Candy corn

South Dakota: Laffy Taffy

Tennessee: Candy corn

Texas: Candy corn

Utah: Nerds

Vermont: Almond Joy

Virginia: Reese’s Pieces

Washington: AirHeads

West Virginia: Oreos

Wisconsin: Laffy Taffy

Wyoming: Candy corn

District of Columbia: Twix

Elementary school cancels Halloween

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 10:26 AM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 8:12 AM
By: Natalie Dreier - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Elementary school cancels Halloween
FILE PHOTO: Young children dressed in various costumes get ready for a hay ride during a Halloween party October 28, 2006 in Huntingtown, Maryland. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Halloween costumes will have to stay packed away for elementary school students in one Connecticut town, at least until the big night. 

In a letter sent to parents this week, the principal of Lillie B. Haynes Elementary School in Niantic, Connecticut, informed parents that the school has eliminated the annual Halloween parade and costumes in school, WTIC reported.

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The letter from Melissa DeLoreto said that officials made the decision was made so students didn't feel excluded and to make sure students stay safe, specifically when adults come to the parade dressed in costumes also.

Classroom parties will still happen but will not be Halloween themed and instead, will have a fall feel.

One parent told WTIC that the cancelation is "killing kids' fun."

10 ways to ensure that your Halloween is as safe as it is spooky

Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 5:07 PM
Published: Monday, October 10, 2016 @ 5:03 PM
By: Joshua Trudell

            10 ways to ensure that your Halloween is as safe as it is spooky
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The stores are full of candy and the pumpkins are fat and orange – it’s Halloween season! Here are 10 tips to help you and your trick-or-treater reach maximum candy intake.

Keep costumes safe

To quote Edna Mole in The Incredibles, “No capes!” Capes, sashes and other low-swinging, easily untied costume pieces can increase the chance of tripping and falling. Costumes and accessories should be flame-resistant and kept away from candles.

Makeup over masks

While many of the comic-book superheroes wear masks, take a cue from their cinematic counterparts and go for makeup instead. Masks can make it hard to see. Choose FDA-approved makeup and test it on a small area first to avoid serious reactions. Make sure to take it off before going to bed.

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The priority is the accessory

While your trick-or-treater will do their best to bring home a double-fisted haul of treats, it’s much safer to have one hand free for protection and balance. If they have an accessory that’s an important part of the costume, make sure it’s easy to carry and doesn’t have any sharp points.

Don’t keep the ingredients to yourself

If you’re the parent at home handing out homemade treats, make sure you tell visitors what is in them. An allergic reaction and trip to the hospital is definitely not how a parent wants to end Halloween night.

Individually wrap your candy and include a note with your name and address. In the event that the candy ends up being contaminated, your candy can be easily separated from the others.

Check out your haul before digging in

To be on the safe side, make sure your trick-or-treaters eat only factory-wrapped treats, and only after you’ve checked them for tampering. Throw away unwrapped treats and homemade treats made by people you don’t know.

Drive carefully

Trick-or-treaters can range all over streets and roads in their search for the elusive candy trove. If you’re driving in a trick-or-treating area, reduce speed and watch for rampaging hordes of candy seekers.

Walk carefully

To help out those driving around during trick-or-treating time, put reflective tape on costumes, bags, strollers, wagons, wings, landspeeders, rocket boots and any other form of pedestrian-fueled transportation you might be using. Carry a flashlight to increase visibility and reduce the risk of tripping over curbs.

Don’t go it alone

While it might be tempting for a trick-or-treater to hoard all that candy for themselves – in their Gordon Gekko costume – young candy-hunters need adult supervision. Older kids can go out in groups in well-lit, known areas, but they should check in regularly and never go door-to-door by themselves. Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number and address in case you get separated.

Lights on

While a spooky, dark house might be the best fit for a Halloween theme on the block, chances are if there are people in there, they just want to be left alone. Make sure you only knock on doors of houses with lights on, and don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them.

Don’t feed treats to the pets

All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning can include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rat, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, a subsequent loss of coordination and seizures.