January 4, 1989 |
A classic sauce isn't a necessity for every kitchen all the time. A nice simple sauce, made from the juices of freshly cooked meat and coupled with pan drippings deglazed with a bit of wine, is a wonderful accompaniment. But a classic, sophisticated sauce, such as an espagnole sauce, can open new horizons for the cook. Some chefs view an espagnole sauce as nothing more than a glorified basic brown sauce. More accurately, however, it is a brown sauce that has reached the halfway point of preparation, before the demiglace stage.
February 20, 1991 |
STOUFFER'S RIGHT COURSE. Lasagna with meat sauce, spaghetti with meatballs, broiled chicken tenderloins and beef cacciatore. $2.69 per 9 1/4- to 10 1/2- ounce frozen entree. BONNIE: These four new entrees are similar to the rest of the Right Course line in being low in calories, fat, sodium and cholesterol. Each contains about 300 calories, with less than 30 percent of the calories from fat, and about 550 milligrams of sodium. Unlike others in the line, the lasagna and the spaghetti and meatballs are not new, healthy creations but traditionally high-fat foods that Stouffer's made low in fat, low in sodium and unfortunately low in taste.
October 23, 2002 |
Though breakfast generally takes a backseat to other meals, that changes when I entertain. When family or friends stay with us, coffee, toast, and a bowl of cereal seems too mundane. I've prepared potato omelettes or scrambled eggs with herbs and smoked salmon for company, or mounds of pancakes or stacks of waffles, garnished with smoked sausages or ham. Recently I served a gratin of eggs baked with leeks, bacon and St. Andre cheese, which can be assembled the night before.
July 21, 2011
Cupcake-crazed Philadelphians don't have to leave their habit behind at the Shore now that 26-year-old Katie Weigand has realized her baking dreams at Sandcastle Cupcakes in downtown Ocean City. This graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, who worked as a poolside waitress at the Borgata in order to save up for her shop, which opened this spring, delivers moist and flavorful cupcakes topped with Italian buttercream that's smoother and richer than typical cupcake icings.
March 8, 1995 |
Turkey reminds me of the television commercial in which people complain to the store manager that the frozen dinner he stocks provides too much food for one person. Just as this particular brand of frozen dinner isn't designed to be skimpy, neither is a turkey. Anything short of eight guests guarantees leftovers. But you do have an alternative to setting more plates at the dinner table. Use turkey parts, buying only as much as you'll need. Instead of bringing a whole bird to the table, present a delicious Turkey Gumbo.
July 2, 1986 |
Just when you think you've run out of ways to cook chicken, the seasons change. With each turn of the page on your calendar comes a new opportunity to use this favorite of calorie-watchers. The fresh approach for midsummer is cook out or take out: chicken cooked over the coals or picnic chicken served chilled. The latter can be purchased ready-to-serve in the supermarket and made into meal-size salads or sandwiches. Here are some outdoor ideas that are perfect for bare-midriff weather.
January 26, 1997 |
The image of Southern cooking is that it's a process of chopping, simmering and stirring that doesn't end until the last vegetable is boiled into submission. Not true. Southern cooking has evolved into a style as light, fresh and fast as any in the country. But it is still tasty. One difference is that Southern cooks use fat as a flavoring, not just a browning agent, so their dishes have a deep, developed taste. For example, a little bacon fat gives vegetables a smoky, rich accent.
August 26, 1992 |
FAT'S IN THE FIRE We may be more health-conscious these days, but at the moment we're also eating record amounts of bacon. Bacon consumption has set monthly records since last November as retailers have lowered prices due to large hog production and pork supplies, meat and livestock analysts say. July consumption was 272.3 million pounds, topping the previous July record of 255.1 million pounds set in 1991. And August, normally the highest usage month of the year, set records in its first two weeks, with about nine million pounds of bacon consumed a day. TO MARKET, TO MARKET Lend me your ears: As part of the second annual Fun Food Fest, the Reading Terminal Market is holding Corn Fest from noon to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
June 26, 2002 |
What were you doing at 7:30 this morning? If you're a soccer fan, chances are you were watching the last semifinal match of the World Cup. And if you're a soccer diehard, you were probably shouting "Goal!" from a bar stool. The Dark Horse pub (formerly called the Dickens Inn) on Headhouse Square has been opening as early as 2 a.m. for patrons who want to watch games broadcast live from Korea and Japan, sites of the 2002 World Cup. Owner Matt Kennedy says hundreds of fans - mostly European ex-pats - come to his tavern before dawn to watch the games.
August 19, 1992 |
Dear Polly: If you forget to take off your glasses before using hair spray and get hair spray on them, try this: Rub a little shaving cream on both sides of the lenses and rinse. This works great for everyday cleaning too. - Carie Dear Polly: After buying eggs, take a felt pen and put the date purchased on the last egg to be used. It is a reminder of how old the eggs that are unused really are. - D.L.D. Dear Polly: Use spring-type clothes pins for clamps when making craft items.