January 12, 2012
Company line: Grilled chicken breast seasoned with bruschetta, parsley and Italian cheeses on crispy onion and peppers with fried potatoes. Topped with scampi and Bolognese sauces. Chain: Applebee's. Calories: The Bruschetta Chicken had a reasonable (for Applebee's) 850 calories, but 43 grams of fat and 2,760 mgs of salt. The Crunchy Onion Ring Appetizer started off the meal with 1,290 calories, 56 grams of fat, 3,620 mg of salt and an incredible 181 grams of carbohydrates.
March 1, 2012
Makes 4 appetizer servings 1/2 cup roasted tomatoes (loosely packed), chopped 2 tablespoons minced red onion 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon or basil leaves 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling over bread Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 8 slices toasted Italian bread or baguette 1 garlic clove, peeled 1. In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, tarragon or basil, vinegar, red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon of the oil and toss to blend.
April 15, 1992 |
Spring is a perfect time to enjoy fresh spinach. It goes well with many things, but is really special in dishes with cream, milk and cheese. We've taken the idea of cream of spinach soup and blended it with the concept of Oysters Rockefeller (which uses spinach), substituting scallops, a more delicate mollusk that's suited to cream dishes. The result is Scallop and Spinach Soup, an easy-to-make dish given color with fresh red bell pepper. A perfect accompaniment for this soup is bruschetta, the bread snack that's the rage in Italian restaurants.
January 1, 1995 |
After the hubbub of New Year's Eve, New Year's Day is refreshingly quiet. Friends and family drop by, everyone's a little tired, but the atmosphere is still holiday. Several years ago I hit upon a party menu that was a real success - both for the cook and the company. A warm, spicy, nonalcoholic drink to serve by the fire, crunchy bruschetta - little toasts - with ricotta and roasted red peppers, and a platter of vegetarian fajitas with two salsas. I could purchase dessert, and if I felt extra energetic, add a salad platter.
September 25, 1996 |
The weather's cooling down, the economy is holding steady and the function season is heating up. At weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, Christmas parties and other events, we'll be dressing to the nines and having luscious little bites of food offered to us by caterers. Some of those foods we'll recognize: shrimp, rumaki (the official name for liver and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon), mini-hot-dog "pigs" in fattening pastry "blankets," baby quiches, stuffed cherry tomatoes.
June 18, 2000 |
When it comes to food, few restaurants can match the scrumptious dishes at Fellini Cafe Trattoria in Newtown Square. But service at the tiny, overcrowded strip-shopping-center restaurant can be more hilarious than an Abbott and Costello movie, proving that there's more to a restaurant than just food. Fellini opened in late November as a larger but otherwise almost exact duplication of the restaurant with the same name and menu in Ardmore. The new place is always crowded, I was told, and I believe it. The night I visited, dozens of people waited on the sidewalk for up to an hour for a table.
July 26, 1998 |
Some of the best-written menus can spark in me a fierce wanderlust. Often, it is the mere mention of an ingredient - a jerk spice rub, a musky sauce of pumpkin seed, a piquant olive salad meant for muffuletta - that will set me to daydreaming of my next vacation. Name a few destinations, as they do at Chestnut Hill's Solaris Grille, where images of French Champagne country, the Jamaican coast and Hong Kong are invoked alongside beurre blancs, plantains and dumplings, and forgive me for hoping that somewhere in this worldly kitchen a hearth of culinary knowledge will bring to my table - if not a plane ticket, at least a hint of those distant flavors.
January 23, 2005 |
Cutillo's Restaurant & Lounge in Sanatoga has a name that typifies many old landmarks. The massive Victorian structure is family owned, it's multipurpose in its dining scene (complete with takeout), and it sits hard by the road, its rooftop sign easily seen from nearby Route 422. This might be the era of "small" plates and fashionable comfort food, but there's still room for the Cutillos of the world. I must concede that I chose to dine at Cutillo's partly because it has been open since 1948.
March 6, 1998 |
It has been months since the Miss America competition, but losing still stings a bit for the reigning Miss New Jersey. In part, because of the controversy that surrounded the winner, Kate Shindle, whose father served on the Miss America board. "It is very strange which is maybe why I don't really have closure with it yet," Kathy Nejat said earlier this week. Not that she's sitting around crying over spilled milk. Since the pageant, Nejat, 21, has been busy fulfilling her duties as Miss New Jersey, visiting schools and making speeches promoting arts education for youngsters.
July 10, 2008 |
When I was growing up, my family would take weekend camping trips in West Virginia a couple of times a year. My mom, who was a great cook at home, somehow managed to maintain her gourmet standards on the road. But I never paid attention to what she was doing. Her wonderful meals seemed to appear magically out of thin air, even without resources such as refrigeration and running water. Now, when I go camping with friends, I can pitch a tent, recognize constellations, and build a decent fire.