April 27, 2012 |
Sandy Paul is growing 14 varieties of tomatoes, 75 plants in all, in the basement of her 19th-century Burlington County farmhouse. "My jungle garden," she calls it. Actually, until very recently when she gave some away, Paul had 100 tomato seedlings down there, along with dozens of peppers and eggplants. But make no mistake: In Paul's house, as in most American gardens, tomatoes rule. Her favorite — one of them, anyway — is Cherokee Purple, a dense American Indian heirloom with smooth skin, rosy flesh, and funky green "shoulders.
January 19, 2012
WHO IS paying Will Bunch's salary - the Democratic National Committee? I just read another of his inaccurate and heavily biased polemics. The target was Mitt Romney. Bunch cherry-picked the quote to purposely smear Romney. The full and unobjectionable quote was: "You know, if someone doesn't give me the good service, then I want to say, 'I'm going to get someone else to provide that service to me.' " Surely, only a desperate Democratic demagogue like Bunch would stoop to twisting that, right?
January 16, 2012 |
BOB BRADY, member of the U.S. House and chairman of the Democratic City Committee, says he was making the best of a situation over which he had little control. It turned out well for Brady. The state General Assembly redraws the lines for state and federal legislative districts every 10 years, based on the latest census. With Republicans in control of both houses of the General Assembly and the governor's office, many Democrats felt pushed around in the remapping approved last month.
November 9, 2011 |
ANDY REID was asked yesterday if his team is "soft. " "No," Reid expounded. Funny, Reid's Eagles sure seemed like a prime target for a good squeezing from Mr. Whipple through most of Monday night's 30-24 loss to the bigger, more physical Chicago Bears. What is a team that has led in the fourth quarter of seven of its eight games, yet sits at 3-5 midway through its season, if not soft? I was trying to make deadline, tapping away at the keyboard through the fourth quarter, so maybe I missed it, but did you see anybody draw a line in the spongy, sandy Linc turf, offensively or defensively?
July 28, 2011 |
Basil is officially inescapable. It's exploding in my garden. Neighbors are leaving their surplus on my stoop. Huge bouquets, from local farms, are front and center when I shop at Whole Foods. And when life hands me basil? I make pesto. The garlicky, herby sauce pretty much pairs with everything (watch your back, ketchup), which is why I like to plow through my bounty by blending up a batch of pesto, and then getting creative in the kitchen. Here, with my Garden Fresh Pesto recipe, you can effortlessly pull together a complete and elegant meal, add zip to a healthy weeknight dinner, and spruce up a side so it becomes the star.
June 30, 2011 |
I hadn't found myself sitting on my hands at Citizens Bank Park since the last time I watched the Phillies play the Red Sox. That was midseason 2008, although it feels like a century ago. Bostonians arrived then as two-time champs. Philadelphians were still losers. I felt like relinquishing my citizenship in Red Sox Nation. The Boston bandwagon stayed in full throat, shouting down the locals with their "Let's go, Red Sox" chants and candy-colored caps. Their hubris was not easy to sit through, even if you happened to have grown up in Massachusetts and rooted for the Sawks since the days of Dick Stuart, a.k.a.
May 11, 2011
RE WILL Bunch's column on enhanced interrogation: Even CIA director Leon Panetta, hardly a right-winger, has said this helped capture bin Laden. Why is the left so opposed to anything that will help save American lives? You think it's immoral to use this method, but if we didn't use it and American lives were lost unnecessarily, that would be immoral! Another question: Are you a news writer or an opinion columnist? News writers report the news! They don't put their opinions in the news section.
May 5, 2011 |
Many people living north of the proverbial border think Cinco de Mayo is the ultimate holiday in Mexico. Well, no, that honor goes to Mexican independence day, Sept. 16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates a famed victory of the Mexicans over a French army in 1862. It is a day to remember, yes, especially in the Mexican state of Puebla, where the battle took place. But in the United States, May 5 has become a salute to Mexican culture, heritage, and food. "It's popular because it's easy to say, Cinco de Mayo ," says Fernando J. Olea, the Mexican-born chef behind Epazote restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M. Olea says a good way to celebrate is to get sauced - with the salsas and moles of Mexico.
March 14, 2011
IUNDERSTAND that you guys are going through a transition, but I can't understand the continued emphasis on Will Bunch as a "news" reporter on issues that he has a stated bias against. He rails about the Koch brothers, but doesn't acknowledge he's a paid writer for George Soros (a Koch clone, only liberal instead of libertarian). Will and the Daily News have run no less than two "news stories" forecasting the doom of state labor unions. I would rather wait until Gov. Corbett actually makes a move to that effect or at least have actual facts to back up his and the Daily News cover story.
March 6, 2011 |
And now let us pause to thank hateful, hurtful, homophobic Westboro Baptist Church. Only in the land of the free can vituperative, flag-dragging crazies claim both Bill O'Reilly and Michael Moore as critics while reminding the rest of us we're lucky to be Americans. Westboro - less church than family freak show - has protested at Holocaust museums, condemned Mr. Rogers, picketed Michael Jackson's funeral, and thanked God for 9/11 and the hurling of "3,000 vile Americans into Hell.