September 4, 2016 |
There's nothing like home improvement to improve your life. At least, in theory. I say this because I'm adding a garden room to my house, even though I don't know if that's a thing, because I have a garden and I want to see it from a window. Like TV, only with flowers and butterflies. In other words, children's TV. The garden room is attached to the kitchen, and since it needed a door, the oven and cabinets had to be moved, and, in any event, you see where this is going.
September 26, 2015 |
You say you want to see the pope, but fear your small fry just doesn't have the attention span to last through the events? Try Franklin Square . There will be a Jumbotron broadcasting all the papal events, along with two playgrounds, a great hamburger stand, the best carousel around, a gift shop selling Pope Francis memorabilia, and Philly Mini Golf (your only chance to make a putt around a tiny Independence Hall). Something for everybody. Go in peace. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Franklin Square, Sixth and Race Streets.
November 29, 2012
ACCORDING TO many statistics, about 75 percent of Americans are either trying to lose or maintain their weight. "Dieting" has become as American, shall we say, as apple pie. Now, with Thanksgiving behind us, many are surely feeling not only the post-Thanksgiving bloat around the waistline, but feeling guilty as well. Well, there's no need in crying over spilled milk; you enjoyed the holiday and now it's time to get back on track. Sure, you could go on another crazy diet and lose a few pounds quickly, but why not stop dieting and just change your diet permanently?
November 15, 2012
Makes 6 to 8 servings For the dough: 1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cubed 11/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup very cold water For the crumb topping: 11/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed For the apple filling: 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup cold...
October 18, 2012
What to eat: It ain't rocket science: Cupcakes. South Jersey's first mobile cake manufacturer churns out the signature dessert with flavors both standard and special. Each gourmet cupcake - and they're sizable, not those miniature two-bite deals - will cost you $2.25. Save, as the saying goes, when you buy in bulk. A sixpack goes for $12. If cake isn't your bag, the truck also offers Philly favorite water ice during the summer. Don't miss: Special flavors such as apple pie (a vanilla cupcake stuffed with apple pie filling)
June 21, 2012
We were in search of pie for dessert for a big family dinner in Stone Harbor last week. And as it was still pre-Fourth of July, many of the shops were open only on weekends. Someone directed us to a bakery called the Painted Pie, and we found it, with the door ajar, but clearly not open for business. A baker emerged from the back, his bicycle in the middle of the shop. Could he recommend any place we could buy a pie for dessert? "None will be as good as mine," was his reply. "Well could you bake one by 6 o'clock?"
October 27, 2011 |
In autumn, when apples and pears are plentiful, one's first instinct might be to fold them into a pie or a turnover. But do not overlook the possibilities of working them into soups, salads, and meat dishes. Adding fruit to savory dishes might seem foreign to some cooks, but the practice isn't new. Thai chefs add pineapple to meat and rice dishes, the English drizzle gooseberry sauce on roasted pork, and the French, of course, have their duck a l'orange. The smell of baking apples wafting through a kitchen will warm anyone on a gusty fall day. The scent of baked pears may be less familiar, but I can assure you, it is no less inviting.
September 15, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Visitors patrolling the aisles of the National Archives' best-attended show in years last week may have felt curiously at home, though the images on display - warnings about toxic candy, putrid tins of Chicago-packed meats, and ketchup bottles blowing their tops - were hardly soothing. This was the Archives' first "scented exhibit," said staffer Miriam Kleiman; subliminal notes of fresh-baked apple pie perfumed the air. The project is called "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?"
October 29, 2010 |
Saturday Old-fashioned cider Howell Farm invites visitors to use old-fashioned cider presses, peeler-corers, and "stomper-strainers" to process apples. Learn this century-old way to make apple cider, applesauce, and apple pie between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy a demonstration by third-generation New Jersey apple grower Coles Roberts of Vincentown. A children's walk-in craft program, "Apple Pomander," will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a $3 fee for each craft.
October 24, 2010
Multiculturalism has completely failed. That's the assessment of Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, in a recent speech before the youth wing of her conservative political party, the Christian Democratic Union. The idea that disparate peoples can "simply live side by side and live happily with each other" has failed, she said. "Utterly failed. " Merkel insisted that Germany still welcomes immigrants, particularly those whose high-tech skills make them valuable workers. But she conditioned that welcome upon a warning: "We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity - that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.