July 1, 2013 |
I have good news for you, and it concerns carbohydrates. Just when you thought Americans couldn't invent anything, somebody in New York came up with the cronut. In case you haven't heard, a cronut is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut, and people are lining up around the block for them. In some bakeries, they cost $40, and scalpers are even selling them for $100. Trust me, if a food has a scalper, it's either a carbohydrate or crack cocaine. Cronuts are so popular one newspaper called them a "viral dessert.
June 14, 2013 |
Believing you can improve something most people already love demands a special kind of audacity. Such boldness serves as the cornerstone of nascent Montco company Bespoke Bacon, sizzling its way into the meat market with off-kilter flavors and an uncommon interest in the proclivities of pork zealots. Its name inspired by the custom haberdasheries of London's Savile Row, Bespoke was founded in late 2012 by Lansdale residents with a shared passion for scratch cooking. "We're all frustrated chefs and food nerds at heart," said Brian Wolfinger, a former cybercrimes detective with the Philadelphia Police Department who in 2005 founded L Discovery, a digital forensics firm.
June 6, 2013
* We couldn't say it any better, so we'll let Oscar Mayer just Say it With Bacon. It's the company's new, limited-time and just in time for Father's Day gift line that combines velvet jeweler's boxes, slices of real bacon and dad-centric bacon-decorated cufflinks, a money clip or 12-function multitool. Prices are reasonable - in the low to mid-$20s - and there's still time to place your order at SayItWithBacon.com through July 1. A limited supply is available daily on a first-come, first-served basis.
May 25, 2013 |
Philadelphia is a city that struggles with certain disadvantages. It is not easy being stuck midway between the nation's financial and political capitals. It doesn't regularly produce winning sports teams. We don't have enough corporate giants headquartered here, or enough of the philanthropists who trail in their wake. But the most inexplicable shortcoming, it's always seemed to me, was that there's no biography of Edmund Bacon. Bacon was not merely the greatest urban planner Philadelphia ever produced, he was also one of the greatest characters to figure on the city stage in the 20th century.
May 9, 2013 |
There was some leftover meat from cheesesteak night at my house, so I put it on a salad. The meat had been cooked with onions, roasted peppers, and Worcestershire sauce. After two days in the refrigerator, it took on the flavor of the other ingredients. Delicious. I thought myself rather creative. But while eating I opened a magazine and saw a sandwich that rivaled my imagination: a fried egg and two strips of bacon inside a glazed doughnut. Yes, a doughnut sandwich. They are being tested by Dunkin' Donuts in the Boston area.
April 12, 2013 |
Maliyah Gregg's eyes lit up when she spied a package of bacon on the counter for cooking class in the convent kitchen at St. Martin De Porres in North Philadelphia. And then she saw the spinach. "Can I eat just the bacon? Please? Just the bacon and a boiled egg. It will be like breakfast. Please?" After four weeks of cooking lessons, I had gotten the message loud and clear from Maliyah and the other 5th and 6th grade girls: We want meat! While many people are eating less meat and trying to center meals around other proteins for health and environmental reasons, these girls are not quite buying in. I heard the same chorus from my own two boys when I tried meatless family dinners when they were growing up. For them, it just didn't feel like dinner without meat.
March 11, 2013
BEN STANGO's mom made the right call when he was in middle school. He'd gotten hooked on the Food Network. She let the boy cook. "I went big with my first meal," Stango says in his Center City kitchen. "A whole salmon. " It was tasty. Subsequent meals, less so. Regardless, now Stango's mother, Deb Weinstein, gets to cash in. He's cooking her a birthday dinner that he'll take to her home in Merion Station: Homemade beet tagliatelle with pine nuts and arugula, and pan-seared scallops with lemon and garlic.
February 10, 2013
Year's first war casualty buried WASHINGTON - More than 100 family members, friends, and uniformed service members marched slowly and quietly down a hill at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, following Army Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman's coffin, draped with an American flag and carried on a horse-drawn caisson. Wittman, 28, of Chester, Va., was buried with full military honors in Section 60, where those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan lie. He was killed Jan. 10 in Nangahar province in Afghanistan, becoming the first U.S. casualty of this year.
January 22, 2013 |
PASADENA, Calif. - Kevin Bacon has followed characters into some dark places, most harrowingly, perhaps, as a convicted (and conflicted) child molester in the 2004 film "The Woodsman. " But when it came to "The Following," the Fox drama premiering Monday night about a charismatic serial killer who's made apprentices of his admirers, the Philadelphia-born actor wanted to be the hunter, not the predator. "When I was trying to find something to do on TV, I knew that I wanted to do the hero," said Bacon after a Television Critics Association news conference earlier this month.
November 20, 2012
AFTER WEEKS of panicky talk about the looming fiscal cliff, I thought it was time for fresh perspective. You see, as a married father of three, I've long been standing at the edge of my personal fiscal cliff, so I'm used to being broke. I'm so good at it that if they awarded a gold medal for fiscal cliff-diving, I'd have more neckwear than Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Don't feel bad for me, though. I've learned a thing or two while teetering on the edge, and I'd like to share some of it with you. The first thing you need to know is that there isn't going to be any fiscal cliff.