December 7, 1988 |
Not many years ago - certainly no further back than when Grandma was a girl - the butcher played a totally different role in the consumer's marketing experience. In those days, you could go to the meat counter, recipe in hand, and ask your friendly butcher, "What's the best cut to use for beef Bourguignon?" or "How long should I cook a three-rib prime rib?" and if he knew anything about his trade, he could tell you. And if you had six kids and your husband was out of work, the butcher probably knew that too. And there would always be some cut of meat that was "a real good special today.
March 16, 1994 |
One week after Lower Merion Committeeman Mac Butcher received the Republican endorsement for the 149th Legislative District, the Upper Merion Republican Committee donated $1,000 to unendorsed favorite-son candidate Fiore Vagnozzi. "We had decided we were going to back Mr. Vagnozzi, no matter what," said Wanda M. Smith, campaign chairperson for the Upper Merion Republican Committee. "It is time Upper Merion got recognized. We are always being ruled by someone from the Main Line.
April 3, 2003 |
ANY MINUTE now, Baghdad will fall. With any luck, Saddam will be falling with it - if he isn't already dead. As we all wait for the news, here's a do-it-yourself project to help pass the time: The Saddam Flip Book. Just carefully cut out each drawing of Saddam (courtesy of our own Signe Wilkinson) and staple them together on left side. Then quickly thumb through the pages and watch as the Butcher of Baghdad magically gets his just reward.
August 26, 2012 |
Charles J. Giunta Sr., 87, the third-generation owner of an Italian Market butcher shop that opened in the early 1900s and closed in the 1980s, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, of heart failure at his South Philadelphia home. The family at one time also owned a wholesale slaughterhouse in South Philadelphia and a pig farm in Deptford, Gloucester County, and in the 1980s spawned the butcher shops of two sons now in the Reading Terminal Market. Until this week, Mr. Giunta was a daily presence at the market, where son Charles operates Giunta's Prime Shop and son Martin runs Martin's Quality Meats & Sausages.
November 30, 1988 |
A standing rib roast of beef for dinner has for generations been one of the more popular Christmas traditions. Done right, there is no more magnificent meal - but doing one right does not begin in the kitchen on Christmas Day. It begins with a good, knowledgeable butcher weeks before. It was meat market tradition in days gone by that right after Thanksgiving, when the cooler was at last clear of turkeys, any good butcher would begin hanging back beef ribs for Christmas and New Year's.
February 15, 2003 |
Jack Pagano, 72, of Meadowbrook, a former butcher who introduced sophisticated cuisine to consumers in the Philadelphia area, died of cancer last Saturday at Jeanes Hospital. In 1972, Mr. Pagano opened a butcher store near Rittenhouse Square. A few years later, when a meat-packing strike made it difficult to obtain prime meat, he enlarged his cheese selections and added other food. Pagano's later moved to Walnut Street, and by the mid-1980s, there were two other locations in Center City.
January 19, 2012 |
OLD-SCHOOL is always in session at G&M Market in Glendora, a South Jersey town not far from the Deptford Mall. Master butcher and raconteur Hank Mariotti just celebrated 55 years at the family-run business, an old-fashioned butcher shop and deli that still makes homemade sausage and grinds and cuts meat to order. For customers with no time to cook, beef and pork are roasted fresh daily for sandwiches, and the hoagies and sandwiches are some of the best around. As he approaches his 80th birthday, Mariotti, who co-owns the business with his son Gary, still works seven days a week.
February 16, 1990 |
Duel and duet are almost exact opposites as activities, but as words they have a lot of similarities. Drolly, Tecnicas de Duelo (Details of a Duel) explores this, examining two challengers who, in defending their besmirched honor, learn that their armed conflict requires equal measures of antagonism and harmony. Set in an Andean village circa 1956, Sergio Cabrera's Tecnicas de Duelo purports to be based on a true incident. Whether or not this is actually the case, the director's roguish comedy truly lampoons the machismo of some Latin men. And as wryly depicted in this, Cabrera's first feature, macho is an equal-opportunity deployer, bloating the self-importance of intellectuals and proletarians alike.
February 6, 1994 |
Adam Baran, 89, a Holocaust survivor who was a prisoner at more than three concentration camps, died Friday at Newcomb Medical Center in Vineland. Born in Drobin, Poland, Mr. Baran was a farmer before the war. While serving during World War II, he became a political prisoner and was held in several concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Dachau. All but one of his family members perished in the camps. "He never thought that he would make it," said his son David. "There was a point that he had been beaten so badly that he was thrown for dead on a pile of bodies.
November 23, 1990 |
There was the "Great Turkey Rush of 1944," when seven shoppers fainted and police and firemen were called out to maintain order. There was the time that Bassett's Ice Cream created borsht (beet)-flavored ice cream for visiting Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev. There was the auto tycoon who had a special train deliver his weekly grocery order from the Reading Terminal Market to his Maryland farm. Perhaps no other Philadelphia institution is as steeped in tradition and history as the Reading Terminal Market.