October 21, 1993 |
Captain Yuri Tsibin greets visitors to the Proliv Diany, a 568-foot Russian refrigerated cargo ship, with a firm handshake and a holiday smile. Inside the rusting, 10-year-old vessel that needs a good paint job, Yuriy is most commanding in a white shirt, black tie and black uniform with gold rank stripes on the sleeves. Sartorial splendor on the Proliv Diany ends with the captain. His tired-looking 36-member crew, which has been helping Teamsters load the ship with crates of frozen, lightly salted butter soon to be bound for Russia, is mostly in T-shirts and jeans.
June 19, 1991 |
From childhood, we have been conditioned to think that butter goes on bread, that dessert is sugary, and that anything will taste better with a little salt on it. And for such conditioning we have paid a heavy toll in heart disease, obesity and circulatory problems. Perhaps it's time to recondition ourselves - not just by finding substitutes for sugar, salt, saturated fat and cholesterol, but by getting away from the notion of substitution altogether. There is no perfect substitute for butter or sugar or ice cream or eggs.
April 13, 1997 |
As the 19th century turned into the 20th, Pennsylvania ranked among the nation's leaders in the production of butter. And the bulk of this butter was produced in our region. The butter interests at that time were under economic attack from the makers of oleomargarine. Their feud became a hot political issue. Before 1875, butter-making took place on the farm, and production was in the hands of women. Butter from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties sold for top prices in the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore markets.
December 2, 1997 |
An entire generation of Americans has grown up feeling superior because they ate right while their friends were stuffing themselves with butterfat, red meat and fried foods. The margarine industry particularly has prospered on the theory - widely promoted by the food police - that it is less likely to clog your arteries than butter. You know the type: loudly munching their carrot sticks, haughtily dipping into their corn oil spread, blowing half their disposable incomes at health-food stores.
August 29, 1999 |
Behold the wonders of the Iowa State Fair: the Last Supper carved out of butter, the $3,000 cinnamon roll, the chain-saw Rodin, the deep-fried candy bar on a stick, and Buddy, the big bull. Big isn't big enough for Buddy. At 2,980 pounds, he's a butter-yellow truck. "He's as gentle as can be," said teenage owner Andy Mai and, sure enough, Buddy slept through much of the fair. We had come, however, for the swine. Hogs are huge in Iowa, which produces a quarter of the nation's pork.
May 18, 2012 |
FRENCHTOWN, N.J. — Elizabeth Gilbert is standing at her stove, stirring flour into melted butter, attempting a simple white sauce for the base of an oyster bisque. As she slowly adds the milk, just as directed in the recipe, the sauce clumps. "I don't know about this, I've never made a white sauce before," she says, stirring furiously to smooth out the lumps. The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love is the first to admit her greatest talent is not in the kitchen.
November 21, 2014 |
THE FOURTH annual Harvest on Henry event last month was no pie-in-the-sky venture. It raised $13,000 to support the educational agricultural opportunities at Henry Got Crops CSA, a community-supported agriculture partnership between Saul High School, Weavers Way Food Co-op, Weavers Way Community Programs and Fairmount Park. The daylong festival gave Saul students a chance to interact with the public and featured farm-inspired activities, such as hay rides, pumpkin crafts and - to show off students' cooking skills - a pie-baking contest.
November 21, 2014 |
When Townsend "Tod" Wentz was growing up in Palmyra, Burlington County, his family's Thanksgiving table varied depending on who was cooking dinner. When his German-English relatives hosted, the holiday meant turkey, gravy, green beans, and stuffing. But when his Polish grandmother was in charge, it was a feast of ham, stuffed cabbage, and coleslaw. Now that Wentz is the one doing the cooking, he does the only logical thing: He makes all of the above. Only he refines the dishes with the classical French techniques that have become the hallmark of his six-month-old restaurant, Townsend, on East Passyunk Avenue's booming restaurant corridor.
December 13, 2012 |
Holiday cookie baking can take over a kitchen for days and even weeks, with multiple dough recipes to measure, roll, shape, bake, ice, glaze, and sprinkle. Having baked hundreds of cookies over the years, I've developed a new strategy to manage the bake-a-thon: Take one great, basic recipe - be it for brownies, biscotti, or brittle - and make variations on the theme. By far the easiest and tastiest is the butter-blessed cookie favorite: shortbread. With a basic recipe - four ingredients if you count salt - you can quickly create a dozen different cookies or bars, with a range of flavors and shapes.
April 19, 1989 |
If you've never tried scrambling eggs in the microwave, now is the time to try. Microwave-scrambled eggs can be the fluffiest imaginable. And here's another advantage: If you're dieting, you can eliminate some fat, because scrambled eggs don't stick to microwave "pans" the way they do to a stove-top skillet. The cooking times given here are for refrigerator-cold, large eggs. Obviously, warmer, smaller or larger eggs will microwave more quickly or slowly. For best results, follow our recipe explicitly and abide by these guidelines: Always use the container size recommended.