June 30, 2016
Makes 12 servings For the biscuits: 5 cups all-purpose flour 11/4 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon baking powder 11/2 cups 83 percent European style cultured butter (unsalted), chilled and cut into small cubes 2 cups buttermilk 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream For the gravy: 4 tablespoons butter 1 pound pork breakfast sausage (uncased) 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper 1/3 cup flour 1 quart whole milk Salt to taste 1. Make the biscuits: Preheat oven to 425 F. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, and whisk to break up any lumps.
May 5, 2016 |
When I arrived at Prince Hall Elementary last week for our last cooking class - the grand finale, when the students cook for family and friends - there were no students to be found. Because school had been dismissed at noon that day, we had made a plan to start cooking right away and have guests arrive at 2 p.m. However, miscommunication had the kids sent home with instructions to return at 1 p.m. "And it's really a challenge to get the kids to come back once they go home," said Benjamin David, the teacher who has been helping with our classes at the school in West Oak Lane.
April 29, 2016
Makes 16 biscuits with strawberry topping For the topping: 2 pints strawberries 1 tablespoon sugar 8 ounces vanilla yogurt For the biscuits: 11/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 6 tablespoons cold butter 3/4 cup whole milk 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries. Place them in a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar. Set aside. 3. Stir together flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl.
February 5, 2016 |
It's weird hearing that your musical heroes are eating right, sleeping well, and in overall good shape. Not to mention driving minivans, making suburban shopping runs, and hanging out with the neighbors. That's just not rock 'n' roll. Yet when it comes to jamtronica icons the Disco Biscuits - formed at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and named for the '70s feel-good drug Quaaludes - living healthily and stealthily looks good. "Well-being works, especially as you get older," says bassist Marc Brownstein, 42. "I'm significantly healthier now than at 22. That translates into the music.
July 10, 2015 |
What's new Mitch Prensky, the caterer behind the bistro of Supper on South Street, has a storefront for his Southern-style biscuit sandwiches. Scratch Biscuits opened this week at 1306 Chestnut St. The shop, which offers all sorts of varieties, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. It also opens from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, selling $5 chicken sandwiches out of the shop's back door on Drury Street near 13th Street. Xfinity Live, the entertainment center in the heart of the sports complex in South Philadelphia, has embarked on a $6 million renovation and expansion.
September 30, 2014 |
It's no secret the Disco Biscuits love to play. Formed at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, named for the '70s feel-good drug Quaalude, the Biscuits merged the jam-band form familiar from the Grateful Dead and the all-day-all-night sensibilities of a techno-tronic rave with electronic beats and boings to match. Along with launching Camp Bisco's music festival for improvisational bands and DJs in Upstate New York, the Biscuits play mini-fests, called City Bisco, where they take over your town and several venues for a stretch.
July 9, 2014 |
BEHIND THE stage, seagulls bobbed and boats rocked in the Delaware River current. Out front, dancers swayed and bounced in tiered rows. Onstage, the bands played, one after another, each accompanied by a new instrument, one that wasn't so prevalent at the last Jam on the River festival in 2008: the laptop. Arguably the most divisive instrument since the electric guitar, the laptop has impacted nearly every music genre and even forged new ones, like the so-called jamtronica that brought thousands to the River Stage at Penn's Landing in late May. Jam - the open-ended, improvised end of the rock music spectrum - was once ruled by the Grateful Dead and Phish, which comes to the Mann Center tonight and tomorrow for two sold-out gigs.
September 27, 2013 |
SUPPOSE YOU threw a party, and everybody came. Or, at least, all your buds from far as well as near. That's what the guys in the Philly-based "trans-fusion" (jam-meets-electronica) band Disco Biscuits are hoping for, with their second annual City Bisco festival holding down the fort on two stages today and tomorrow at the Mann Music Center. "It's definitely the party of the weekend," proclaimed Aron Magner, keyboardist for the headlining band that closes both bake-offs. Tonight it's with a hip-hop- strong support team, including Big Boi, Method Man and Redman, then tomorrow in a mix with electronic dance music "controlists," like Gigamesh, Emancipator, Shpongle, Lee Foss and more.
March 22, 2013 |
Question: What can I say when my father starts talking about how he will be dead in X number of years? He usually says by age 65 - seven years from now - but once he predicted he will die at age 68, the day after his 50th anniversary with my mom. There is nothing wrong with him that lifestyle changes wouldn't fix, but his father was in ill health for several years, and Dad is afraid of that. I don't expect to change his mind, but I am looking for a respectful response that lets him know I think he's spouting "horse biscuits" (as he himself would say)
October 6, 2012 |
Ever since meeting on University of Pennsylvania's campus in 1995, the members of Disco Biscuits - Jon "The Barber" Gutwillig, Marc Brownstein, and Aron Magner - have woven elements of jam, electro, and prog-jazz into one tightly knit but loosely improvisational ball of pop accessible to one and all. Their fun, fusion-fueled albums are good - but live, Biscuits are dynamic, a danceable treat to rave heads and Deadheads alike. That's why the Philly-based Biscuits have often gone the festival route with a slew of Camp Bisco events at remote locations around the country - farms, ski resorts, the Indian Lookout Country Club outside of Albany - the likes of which featured DJ heroes Skrillex, Amon Tobin, and Bassnectar.