January 6, 2016 |
After receiving a positive evaluation from an NFL advisory committee, Ohio State cornerback and former Eastern High School star Eli Apple announced Monday on Twitter that he would give up his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Apple, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt sophomore, started 14 games as a freshman on Ohio State's 2014 national championship team. He had 13 starts this season, when he was second on the Buckeyes with eight passes broken up while posting 33 tackles.
December 21, 2015 |
Rapid technological progress, accompanied by the increasing standardization of what once was sold as costly optional equipment, is upsetting the notion of traditional automotive luxury. I've written this before - much to the chagrin of many in the car industry, particularly executives who cling to the eroding but still profitable idea that "luxury" is reserved for those truly wealthy enough to afford it, or aspirant buyers willing to incur enormous debt to acquire it. I am hereby restating my argument and offering as proof Exhibit A - the 2016 Kia Optima SX Limited sedan.
December 18, 2015
Makes 13/4 quarts 2 quarts apple cores and peels 2 quarts water 1/3 cup sugar 1. Put the apple cores and peels in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Dissolve the sugar in the water and pour over the cores and peels. Cover with a plate and weight down with something heavy to keep the solids submerged. Cover the entire bowl with cheesecloth or a kitchen towel and leave on the counter out of direct sunlight for 7 days. 2. Strain the cores and peels from the liquid and discard the solids.
December 17, 2015
Makes 8-10 servings For the topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup old-fashioned oats 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 8 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the filling: 2 to 3 (depending on size) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch chunks 2 to 3 pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 cup fresh cranberries 1/4 cup granulated sugar Pinch of fine sea salt 2 teaspoons lemon zest 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-12 Pyrex glass casserole.
November 8, 2015 |
On chilly fall nights, there is nothing quite as cozy as a mug of hot cider - except for a mug of hot cider spiked with a shot of Snap. When added at the last moment, this ginger- and molasses-infused liqueur from Philadelphia's Art in the Age, inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch ginger bread, has the effect of an instant mulling spice. I didn't expect to like this so much. I haven't had much luck with Art in the Age's line of boldly flavored organic liqueurs, which, such as Root, are so commandingly distinctive they do not always play nice as congenial mixers in cocktails, where they tend to overpower.
October 24, 2015 |
Drexel University and Philadelphia Media Network will launch a mobile news app created by Drexel students to serve millennial audiences. The app, which will be available to the public next year for download on Apple's iPhones, focuses on news in the Philadelphia region produced by the staffs of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. The app was conceived by undergraduate students at Drexel's Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship. Working with digital-media entrepreneurs Jordan Motzkin and Ari Winkleman, the students come from a range of disciplines, including marketing, business development, arts and sciences, and media art and design.
October 17, 2015 |
Before sixth grade, Eli Apple was nervous about playing football. He was small for his age, he said, and was afraid to get hit. But then he went out for the team, fell in love with the sport, and started dreaming about playing college football. Now, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Voorhees starts at cornerback for top-ranked Ohio State. The redshirt sophomore started 14 of 15 games last season, logging 53 tackles. In the national championship game, he intercepted a pass from Marcus Mariota to solidify the Buckeyes' 42-20 win over Oregon.
October 12, 2015 |
On a golden October afternoon on the outskirts of Strawberry Mansion, a crowd gathered around a hand-cranked wooden press to squeeze out fresh apple cider. On the lawn, children painted pumpkins and ate freshly made treats. In the shadow of one of the city's historic treasures, Saturday's seventh annual Woodford Orchard Apple Harvest Festival in Fairmount Park brought to life centuries-old crafts - and showcased one of the city's most unusual learning environments. Among the fruits of age-old talents on display, bakers shared homemade apple muffins, apple sauce, and pies to be judged and then quickly consumed.
September 4, 2015 |
Crab-Apple Salad Season There's a reason Audrey Taichman hasn't been seen much lately during the dinner hour around 20th and Spruce, the corner where nearly two decades ago she helped launch the minimalist chic spirit of Philly's BYOB boom with her iconic Audrey Claire. She's been putting kids to bed. Within the last three years, she had a baby boy, adopted the young twins of her sister, Leslie, who tragically died of cancer, and then became stepmother to two more sets of older twins through marriage this year.
July 24, 2015 |
WITH JUST TWO months to go until showtime, the World Meeting of Families team yesterday announced the release of its mobile app - "Go Philadelphia!" - and the addition of a family friendly film festival that will coincide with the faith-based congress. The "Go Philadelphia!" app, which can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices, provides tourists with maps, schedules and places to visit in the greater Philadelphia area from Sept. 18, the Friday before the World Meeting of Families begins, to Sept.