September 21, 2000
A wave of carbohydrate crime is sweeping Bucks County! A Bucks County woman has been convicted of plotting to murder her husband by poisoning his mashed potatoes. She baked up a story about having indeed talked about doing the deed, but never following through. The jury treated that alibi with starchy disdain. Meanwhile, testimony began this week in the trial of a county man accused of ruining more than $8,000 worth of baked goods, allegedly because of a fetish for going to the supermarket and squeezing breads, bagels and cookies until they crumbled.
October 17, 2010 |
Would you buy bread called bimbo ? Apparently its makers, Bimbo Bakeries, out of Mexico, are a bit concerned that some of you might not. Hence a few strategically placed billboards that have appeared on I-95 and elsewhere in Philadelphia recently offering a helpful pronunciation tip: "Say 'Beembo!' " As the global economy flattens boundaries between cultures and countries, Bimbo Bakeries' parent company, Grupo Bimbo, has discovered it has a bit of a hurdle to overcome as it seeks to become a national bread brand in the United States.
February 17, 1988 |
Q. Since we are a working couple and use only two to four slices of bread a day, what is the best way to preserve the bakery freshness of the bread - refrigeration, freezing or keeping it at room temperature? John Przasnyski Philadelphia A. What I do is freeze sliced bread in a plastic wrapper, remove slices as I need them and toast them. Carol Rinzler in "The Complete Food Book" suggests the following: "Store bread at room temperature in a tightly closed plastic bag or in a bread box. How long bread stays fresh depends to a great extent on how much fat it contains.
October 29, 1986 |
Bread and butter are basic, yet they are also one of the simplest ways to make a meal memorable. Usually an afterthought, bread, in even the most elegant meal, seems never to receive the same concern and care given to other courses. But when attention is paid and forethought given, bread can be a precious jewel in a meal otherwise crowded with treasures. One of the easiest ways to make a special bread requires no baking, kneading or even turning on the oven. It calls only for a wholesome loaf, a bit of sweet butter, a bundle of herbs or a slice of cheese, and a little bit of your time and imagination.
January 24, 1990 |
Dear Polly: I cut up slices of stale bread and keep the cubes in a plastic bag to feed the ducks in our neighborhood park once a week or so. However, the bread in the bag sometimes starts getting moldy before I can use it. Is this harmful to the ducks? - H.W. Dear H.W.: I don't advocate feeding moldy food to anyone, even ducks. You can prevent or retard the mold development in two ways: (1) Keep the bread cubes in the freezer (they'll thaw quickly when you're ready to visit the park)
June 11, 2009
The big guys are finally catching on that consumers want better-tasting, lower-calorie, higher-fiber alternatives to sandwich bread. Pepperidge Farm offers these 100-calorie flat rolls: good toasted with hummus or grilled for paninis. Available in whole wheat, oatmeal, and seven grain. If you need a beer primer to keep up with the crew at the latest gastropub (and who doesn't in brew-crazy Philly?), turn to a new book from local writer Lynn Hoffman for a tasty draft of advice. The Short Course in Beer (Künati)
November 6, 1991 |
Dear Polly: Several years ago, we discovered that if you buy day-old bread (especially whole wheat), freeze it and then thaw it, it tastes like fresh- baked. Doing the same to fresh-baked white bread makes it taste almost like cake! - J.M.K. Dear Polly: When cooking cauliflower, add a little milk (about 1 teaspoonful). It helps to keep the cauliflower white. My toilet gets brownish stains because I have hard water. I flush the toilet, then before the water comes back, I use a steel wool soap pad to scrub the stain away.
December 30, 2004 |
Here and there in this universe are people - maybe three - who are capable, and crazy, enough to bake several varieties of bread at once at home. The rest of us help the economy along by buying it from people with big ovens and lots of employees. There are plenty of local bakeries toiling over a dizzying array of breads that will make your unconventional New Year's Eve soup party the talk of 2005. There are, however, guidelines about which breads complement soup. "Usually you want bread that is hearty.
November 14, 1991 |
Muscovites felt the sting of the coming market economy yesterday, and in a sensitive spot: the price of bread. As a prelude to a partial freeing of prices in the capital on Dec. 1, Moscow officials yesterday increased prices on three high-quality breads by six to eight times. The Soviet bread store has for decades been a shrine of extremely low, state-controlled prices, and Moscow residents who caught a glimpse yesterday of the new prices were left in a state of slack-jawed shock.
September 21, 2000 |
Bucks County cops say Samuel G. Feldman is the cookie monster who poked and squeezed into worthless globs nearly $8,000 worth of baked goods in a Yardley supermarket. They say he damaged bags of bread, cookies and other products by grabbing and poking them as he made his way through the aisles of a Giant food market. Specifially, he is charged with ruining 3,087 bags of sliced bread, 175 bags of bagels and 227 bags of potato dinner rolls over a three-year reign of terror in the Giant food store.