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.
February 24, 2011 |
The NJSIAA state basketball tournament will begin on Feb. 28, and nowhere does there appear to be more balance than in South Jersey Group 4. This section probably has more teams with a realistic chance to win the championship than any other in South or Central Jersey. Rancocas Valley would have been a contender, but the Red Devils will be competing in Central Jersey Group 4. Nobody in South Jersey Group 4 is complaining very much about seeing the talented Red Devils elsewhere. One could argue that at least half the 16-team field can't be discounted from winning the title.
January 24, 2011
THE Daily News continues to put staff writer Will Bunch out there as an objective journalist when his "reporting" is nothing more than conjecture and opinion. His attempt to connect the Arizona gunman to right-wing ideology was laughable. At least do us a favor by including all the facts. Why did he fail to include a report from a former friend who called the gunman a "left-wing loony"? Or that the gunman was registered as an independent? And Bunch's attempt to link the gunman to Glenn Beck is as ridiculous as trying to say that President Obama's metaphorical comment, "If they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun," also somehow, maybe incited this guy to violence.
December 27, 2010 |
DON SMOLENSKI'S holidays got complicated about 6:45 Christmas morning. "I took my dog for a walk. I came back and I had an e-mail from [team president] Joe Banner saying that the storm had flipped," Smolenski, the Eagles' chief operating officer, said yesterday from the snow-blasted NovaCare Complex. Smolenski, who was visiting family in Connecticut at Christmas, said he took a few hours to open presents with his wife and two sons, then got back together with Banner to start discussing the implications of yesterday's severe winter storm on the scheduled Eagles-Vikings game.
October 14, 2010 |
ATLANTA - You look at the San Francisco lineup and you see a bunch of gamers, baseball lifers, players who know how to win. What you don't see is much star power or postseason experience. Certainly, when you compare the Giants' regular eight with the Phillies' regular eight, there really is no comparison. The Phillies have All-Stars all over the field. The core has been together for three extended postseasons and two World Series. All of which might mean something when the National League Championship Series begins Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.