Planning a holiday gathering? Include a nutritional superstar. Walnuts outrank most nuts in disease-fighting antioxidants. Eating them regularly helps cut cholesterol—but doesn’t pack on the pounds. And intriguing recent research in mice and rats suggests that these nuts may help prevent breast cancer and sharpen memory.
Flavor-blast them. Try this speedy method from Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything: Measure a teaspoon or two of a seasoning accent such as curry or cinnamon, then heat with oil or a small pat of butter in a sauté pan; stir in 2 cups of walnuts, mixing constantly over medium-high heat for a minute to coat. Transfer to a large baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes at 450°F, shaking the pan once or twice, until the walnuts have browned lightly and smell toasted. Serve at your next get-together.