March 16, 2012 |
Next time you peel a banana, there's an excellent chance it will have slipped here through a port on the Delaware River. Billions of bananas arrive through the piers and terminals on the Delaware headed to grocers, wholesalers, and produce markets across the country. Wilmington is the largest banana port in North America, and is second only to Antwerp, Belgium, in banana cargoes in the world. Dole Fresh Fruit Co. brings one ship a week, carrying more than 65 million bananas into the Christina River in Wilmington, or more than three billion bananas a year, said Dole vice president for operations Stuart Jablon.
January 24, 2012 |
ANDY MUSSER'S dulcet tones filled the local airwaves with the pulse and drama of Philly sports for a quarter century. His familiar baritone would rise in enthusiasm when a great play unfolded, such as the day Mike Schmidt smashed a home run against Montreal in 1980 to help the Phillies clinch the Eastern Division title. "He buried that ball!" Andy cried, as excited as any fan within the sound of his voice. Andy brought that kind of energy and enthusiasm to his broadcasts of Phillies games for 26 years, and also did play-by-play for other pro sports - except the Flyers - as well as college games.
September 23, 2011
LONDON, Ontario - Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, one of the NHL's few black players, had a banana thrown at him from the stands as he started the shootout against Detroit on Thursday night at the Labatt Centre. The arena is operated by Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor. The banana sailed past Simmonds, and he kept his concentration and scored, but the Flyers lost in the shootout, 4-3. "At first, I thought 'I better get another shot if I miss,' " Simmonds said in the Flyers locker room after the game.
May 26, 2011 |
A recipe for moist, flavorful banana bread is a find. A half-dozen of them, all in one book, is a discovery. And if they all come together quickly with wonderful results, well, that's a gold mine. Maida Heatter's Cakes (Andrews McMeel) isn't the kind of book that captures a baker's imagination. There are no pictures, no fancy ingredients, no special techniques - only recipes. Each begins with a brief introduction, and each is backed by Heatter's reputation as the doyenne of desserts.
September 6, 2010 |
In a Labor Day demonstration, Philadelphia union dock workers dumped cases of Del Monte pineapples into the Delaware River today to protest Del Monte's decision to switch its banana shipping business to a different port. The International Longshoremen's Association Local 1291 will lose 200 to 300 jobs - 400,000 labor hours a year - when Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. shifts 75 ships and a half million tons of banana cargo from Camden to the privately-owned Gloucester Terminals L.L.C.
July 8, 2010
BACK IN THE DAY, way back in the day, when Steve Carlton was doing wonderful things with his left arm when he wasn't thrusting it deep into a tub of rice . . . when he was still speaking, warily, to the media, he said, "Most people use only 10 percent of their brain capacity. " Shazam. We ran with it. Lefty was going to outpitch, outwork and outthink everybody in major league baseball and win 27 games every year. That statistic about the brain . . . Bunk! Hokum. An urban myth.
June 14, 2010 |
While inspecting a container of bananas at the Port of Wilmington, customs agents discovered two brick-like objects hidden in the ventilation system. Then they found two dozen more. Inside those bundles were about 63 pounds of cocaine with a street value estimated at about $2 million, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The seizure was made June 6 by tactical operations officers from Wilmington and Philadelphia. The refrigerated container was aboard the M/V Dole Chile, part of the Western Hemisphere fleet of produce giant Dole.
May 18, 2010
Honduran Gen. Oswaldo Lopez Arellano, 89, who led two military coups and served as president for more than a decade, died Sunday of prostate cancer in Tegucigalpa. With armed forces' backing, then-Col. Lopez Arellano ousted President Ramon Villeda Morales in 1963 and two years later held a constitutional assembly that formalized his position as president of Honduras, then a banana-producing country under the sway of Washington. He remained in power until 1971, when he backed elections won by Ramon Ernesto Cruz of the National Party.
May 14, 2010
Dole Fresh Fruit Co. has renewed its lease until 2025 with the Diamond State Port Corp. at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced Friday. The long-term contract "secures more than 800 jobs at the port," he said. Financial terms were not disclosed. Wilmington is the largest banana-receiving port in the world. In 2009, Dole made 57 ship calls in Wilmington. Dole is the largest banana company in North America and brings in more than 60 million individual bananas and over 1 million individual pineapples a week into Wilmington, said Stuart Jablon, Dole's vice president of operations in Wilmington.
May 13, 2010
CLASSIC CAESAR SALAD 4 anchovies 2 cloves garlic 1 egg yolk Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 3 drops Tabasco sauce 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon Pecorino romano cheese 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese Fresh ground black pepper Romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces 1 cup seasoned croutons In a large wooden salad bowl, mash anchovies and...