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.
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.
May 23, 1987 |
A federal judge in Nashville yesterday sentenced bankrupt financier C. H. Butcher Jr. to 20 years in prison for banking practices that prosecutors say bilked thousands of people of their life savings. Butcher, whose family once held a banking dynasty stretching across Tennessee and Kentucky, stood motionless as U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Higgins pronounced the sentence. Higgins also ordered Butcher to serve five years' probation and pay a $320,000 fine. Butcher, 49, had faced up to 25 years in prison under a plea agreement with prosecutors.
June 22, 1988 |
We speak of more than one thing this day. It's mailbag day. A time to talk of some of the things that some of you, by your cards and letters, have let me know you're interested in talking about. Keep those cards and letters coming. It helps me answer the ever nagging question, "What'll I write about this week?" Nostalgia is the order of the day. A couple of letters have come across the old meat block that fall into the "why can't I get some of that good old stuff that I used to get before they started putting everything in plastic packages and I can't get anything good anymore" category.
August 26, 1986 |
Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities dropped about one-third of a percentage point in yesterday's auction, to the lowest levels in nine years. The Treasury Department sold $7.82 billion in three-month bills at an average discount rate of 5.32 percent, down from 5.64 percent last week. An additional $7.81 billion in six-month bills was sold at an average discount rate of 5.35 percent, down from 5.65 percent last week. The rates were the lowest since the 5.163 percent of July 25, 1977, for three-month bills and the 5.246 percent of July 1, 1977, for six-month bills.
December 17, 1986 |
Some things that I see in supermarket meatcases would like to drive me crazy. More than a few meat markets use merchandising tricks that are more than a little unethical. They're downright dishonest. They ought to be illegal, but they're not. One of the classics, and the one that makes me the craziest - it makes me want to run out of the store, find a lawyer and file a class action suit - is one I call the "roasting chicken rip-off. " These are chickens labeled "Roasting Chickens" that are no larger than those labeled "Frying Chickens" but are priced 50 cents to 75 cents per pound MORE!
April 3, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Montessori Charter School is housed in a former city rec center on the corner of Island and Saybrook Avenues in Southwest Philadelphia. The grand, weathered old brick building has been retrofitted into a thriving elementary school for about 170 children, mostly from the neighborhood. The kindergarten classroom there, equipped with nothing but a sink and a convection microwave oven, serves as a teaching kitchen for after-school cooking classes twice a week. The sixth graders squeeze into chairs meant for children half their age, prepping and measuring ingredients at the tiny classroom table to prepare easy, healthy dinners from the My Daughter's Kitchen cooking program.