We tasted products from around the country to find the best of the best from small-production food artisans. By Cindy Hatcher
Photo: Manfred Koh
La Nogalera Walnut Oil (from $17). Essence of roasted walnuts in silky oil form, cold-pressed, with a pleasantly astringent quality that speaks of both skin and nutmeat. From a trio of nut growers in Santa Barbara County. Begs to be poured over a salad or hot pasta.