January 10, 2010
Congressional Democrats have made modest progress in their efforts to limit pork-barrel spending projects known as "earmarks. " And then there's Rep. John Murtha (D., Pa.). Murtha is chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, a post in which he has earned the title as Pennsylvania's "King of Pork. " In last month's defense bill alone, Murtha led all House lawmakers by sponsoring 23 earmarks worth $76.5 million. In a career spanning nearly 40 years, Murtha has directed billions back to his Johnstown-area district.
December 30, 2009 |
IN SOME WAYS, it was sort of an imperfect storm - a bad initial set of circumstances that seems like it is coming out sunny. "We were thinking of ways to promote 'New Year's Day,' which we thought was the most commercial song off our CD," said Bacon Brothers older sib Michael Bacon, from his studio in New York. He is primarily a film-music composer, while his brother, Kevin, is known mostly as an actor. "I came up with a storyboard for a video, and we thought we should get real Mummers into that video.
August 6, 2009
Here's a recipe for boeuf bourguignon inspired by Julia Child and her classic book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," from the Web site www.recipezaar.com . BOEUF BOURGUIGNON A LA JULIA CHILD For the stew: 6 ounces bacon, solid chunk 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 pounds lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes 1 carrot, peeled and sliced 1 onion, peeled and sliced 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground 2 tablespoons flour 3 cups red wine (a full-bodied wine like Bordeaux, Burgundy or Chianti)
June 18, 2009 |
Movie star Kevin Bacon and his composer brother Michael were in a recording studio near Old City yesterday, rocking out to help save the Mummers Parade. The Philadelphia natives, who formed a rock band 15 years ago, were remixing "New Year's Day," the title track from their sixth album. And their backup band? Representatives from the Mummers Association's 16 string bands, who were adding their trademark saxophones, banjos, accordions, and glockenspiels to the mix. Proceeds from the new single will benefit the Mummers, who are struggling to maintain the city's 108-year-old tradition of strutting up Broad Street on New Year's Day. The chorus of "New Year's Day" goes: Here we stand at your door Like we did the year before Give us whiskey, give us gin Open up and let us in Last year, the city, strapped with a $1 billion deficit, suspended the prize money (more than $200,000)
May 23, 2009 |
Herb Bacon, Pennsville's softball coach for the last 28 years, will retire at the end of the season. Citing age and health issues as reasons for leaving the sports scene at Pennsville, where he began coaching football 32 years ago, Bacon, 60, said he had lots of fond memories. "It's always an honor to coach at your alma mater, and I've been blessed with great teams and athletes and assistant coaches," said Bacon, a former three-sport athlete. "I will miss it terribly. " As of Thursday, Bacon's career record was 557-124.
May 17, 2009 |
For Patrick Gibbons, whose job hours were recently cut, the items he stocked up on during a food auction at a Bucks County fire hall yesterday meant the difference between surviving another month and not making it. That's how much the margin has narrowed, he said, for folks like him who are watching every dollar while in the grip of economic uncertainty. "It's been rough," said Gibbons, 37, a fabricator for the cryogenic industry in Plumsteadville, who is losing two days' work every other week as his employer trims costs.
February 26, 2009
SOUP OFTEN qualifies as health food, but sometimes greasy or creamy ingredients can ladle plenty of extra calories and fat grams into your bowl. Take Subway's cream of potato soup with bacon, for example. A cup of that soup contains 210 calories and 12 fat grams. You could have a small order of McDonald's french fries instead for just 40 more calories and one more fat gram. So when Rachel Reynolds of Wichita, Kan., asked me to slim down a recipe for bacon-jalapeno corn chowder that had 235 calories and 9.1 fat grams per cup, I aimed to show that you don't need cream or even half-and-half to create a thick and creamy soup.
February 21, 2009 |
Kevin Bacon doesn't play a lot of goofballs. His characters tend toward the intense and unstable, their eerie focus sometimes shading into outright creepiness. But in the Bacon Brothers, his musical duo with his older brother, Michael, he plays a different role. At Camden County College's Dennis Flyer Theatre on Thursday night, he shook his hips and banged on bongos, his lanky frame swaying to the easygoing grooves oozing from the four non-Bacons behind him. Bacon, 50, may be weary of the comparison, but his swinging knees and jutting heels inevitably conjured up Ren McCormack of Footloose, although on stage he burned more cool than hot. With a career spanning 14 years and six albums, the most recent of which is New Year's Day, the Bacon Brothers are well past the vanity-project stage.
February 13, 2009 |
The way Kevin Bacon sees it, being in a rock band pretty much fits into the same category as, say, playing a gay hustler, or a playboy astronaut, or - in the case of best-picture-nominated Frost/Nixon - a very loyal and uptight aide to a disgraced ex-president. "It's all about taking risks as an artist," the 51-year old actor and Philly native said recently by phone. "I find that whole process challenging, but also energizing. " In the more than 14 years since the Bacon Brothers were officially launched at what was supposed to be a one-time gig at the TLA, these two siblings have toured extensively and have put out six albums together (their latest, New Year's Day, features a family photo of preteen Kevin hanging out with his mandolin-strumming big brother, Michael, on the cover)
September 21, 2008
I know you guys are brilliant, because you read me, and this time, I need your brainpower. I have a problem to solve, and I'm talking about something really hard, like programming a VCR, or marriage. I'm talking about what to eat. Here's what happened. I used to eat everything, including red meat. Hamburgers, steaks, the whole thing. I loved rare roast beef with extra Russian dressing, which I used to order at a place called the Corned Beef Academy. That's how much of a meat eater I was. Even my restaurants were carnivorous.