November 8, 2012 |
As dawn breaks over the city, the meat men pull up at restaurant back doors, dropping off steaks, ground beef, and other cuts. More of these trucks now bear a 201 or 646 area code on their doors. Pat LaFrieda and DeBragga & Spitler - New York-rooted butchers who enjoy cult followings among chefs who rave about their dry-aging - have recently begun nibbling at the wholesale-beef business in the region. Their appearance in Philadelphia has everything to do with the price of real estate in Lower Manhattan.
October 14, 2012
"We advocated for constituents who had applied for grants. " - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, regarding the Obama administration's federal stimulus program, which Mitt Romney and Ryan decry. "I love that. This is such a bad program, and [Ryan] writes me a letter saying . . . we need this stimulus. " - Vice President Joe Biden, during Thursday night's debate with Ryan. "We think there are more important issues for presidential candidates to talk about than our little funding issue here.
June 28, 2012
2 pounds beef shoulder or chuck 2 pounds beef clod (or well marbled shoulder roast containing clod) 2 pounds brisket with deckle or second cut 2 pounds short ribs, bones and connective tissue removed, trimmed of excess fat 1. Clean the meat grinder, die, and blade with bleach and hot water. Use a bottle brush to get inside the grinder. 2. With a knife trim the cuts of beef into ¾- to 1-inch strips (or no bigger than the diameter of the grinder you are using)
May 30, 2012 |
Asked about the latest study from the public health experts at Harvard who say eating red meat regularly probably trims a half-dozen years off your life expectancy, Stephen Verica sniffs dismissively. "Basically," he says, "whoever has the research grant has to earn his money. " Verica, owner of Kissin Fresh Meats, is an unapologetic, unabashed, unreformed carnivore. "I eat beef or veal and pasta seven days a week," he says. "It's the way I was raised. " Let the experts carp about the dangers of heme iron intake and the increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer.
May 15, 2012 |
OSI UMENYIORA is 30 years old, but acts like he's 2. On Sunday, the Giants defensive end rekindled a feud with LeSean McCoy by sending the Eagles running back a tweet that said, "Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!" Hmmmm. Wonder how long Osi has been saving that little gem? McCoy responded by tweeting, "Lol let the beef begin. " Actually, the "beef" began in June. Umenyiora was in a contract dispute with the Giants and McCoy tweeted that the two-time Pro Bowler was "overrated" and "soft.
April 10, 2012 |
To the legion of Americans running away from a hamburger additive as fast as a startled Angus, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is here to tell you: "It's beef, dude. " Technically, he's right. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's official definition of beef for marketing purposes is "flesh of cattle. " And the product officially known as "lean, finely textured beef," and now infamously known as "pink slime," does originate with a cow. But, dude, we're talking about salvaged scraps, simmered at low heat and spun at high speed to remove the fat, then spritzed with ammonia to kill bacteria.
April 8, 2012
This is the first of three excerpts from Lisa Scottoline's new book, "Come Home," which comes out on Tuesday. Chapter One Jill stopped on the stairway, listening. She thought she heard a voice calling her from outside, but she'd been wrong before. It was probably the rushing of the rain, or the lash of the wind through the trees. Still, she listened, hoping. "Babe?" Sam paused on the stair, resting his hand on the banister. He looked back at her, his eyes a puzzled blue behind his glasses.
April 1, 2012 |
"If you called it finely textured lean beef, would we be here?" - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, defending the meat product slammed as "pink slime" by critics. "The people who don't participate in this market are making it more expensive for those who do. " ?- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on what would happen if the so-called individual mandate is eliminated from the Affordable Care Act. "You could say that about buying a car. "? - Justice Antonin Scalia, in a retort to Ginsburg.
March 22, 2012
Burger lovers know the name Pat LaFrieda. The North Jersey meat purveyor creates the superior beefy blends that make burgers at places like Pub & Kitchen unparalleled. The new easy-to-use e-store means those of us not in the biz can now cook up LaFrieda beef, lamb, pork, or veal at home. The brisket burger blend we tried left dinner guests in awe of our burger prowess. (And possibly set the bar a little too high all future parties.) Note: Shipping is pricey, but you can order up to four things for the same shipping price.
March 22, 2012
TIME WAS, a chef could do one thing exceedingly well and make a name. But chefs and eateries in Philadelphia are starting to take pride in their versatility, adapting their cuisine to specialized needs. And yes, a big one is plant-based eating. Derek Davis, whose restaurant, Derek's, is a fine-dining fixture in Manayunk, told the Daily News earlier this month: "When I look at my menu, I see we're lacking things that are strictly vegetables, without any dairy, without any animal fats.