Several of you have sent in questions about food and cooking and today I will tackle them.
The chef was also adamant about not adding oil to water when boiling pasta. When the water is kept at a rolling boil, it will not stick if stirred occasionally. Adding oil to the water makes the surface of the pasta slick and the sauce will not adhere to the pasta. When oil is not added, the sauce sticks to the pasta and makes it taste better.
I did do some research and found that black walnuts were more scarce as the drought had affected the harvest. Black walnuts are wild and harvesting is dependent upon enterprising people to gather them and take them to the plant for processing.