February 13, 2015 |
Want to show loved ones that they are worth a little extra effort? Handcrafted cards are nice, but on Valentine's Day, nothing is better than homemade treats. Who wouldn't be wooed by hand-dipped chocolates? Or reminded of fond affections with sugar cookie missives? Homemade confections are as perfect a gift for the teacher who cares for your child as they are for your mom or dad. And you can create an assortment of goodies just the way your sweetheart or friend or firstborn likes them best.
November 27, 2013 |
Amos Lee is Philadelphia's finest export when it comes to honeyed, funky folk-soul music. He's been recording albums since 2004 - each better than the last, with this year's Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song continuing the tradition with a grainy, country-blues lean. He's also toured the world both as a headliner and an opener for the likes of Norah Jones and Bob Dylan. So much is well known. Less so is the role friendship plays in the way Lee writes, tours, and forms his bands - especially his longtime friendship and musical blendship with fellow Philadelphian solo artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Mutlu Onaral.
October 18, 2013 |
CARAMEL apples are a staple of the Halloween season, but Cherry Hill resident June MacCarthy goes a step beyond the well-known "recipe" of unwrapping and melting bagged caramels. "If we are going to eat treats, I like to know what the ingredients are instead of a bunch of chemicals I can't pronounce," MacCarthy said. MacCarthy has taken cooking classes with her 9-year-old daughter, Abigail, at Haddonfield's In the Kitchen Cooking School. That's where they learned to make caramel from scratch.
July 26, 2013
The deal: Lying in the shadow of Camden is Collingswood, a quaint little 'burb that draws on memories of small-town America with a main drag lined with small businesses and restaurants. In 2005, Stink Fisher and his wife, Connie, gave the town the perfect dining spot to match its retro atmosphere: The Pop Shop, a storefront diner with an authentic soda counter pulled from a shuttered Ohio dinette. Details: 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, N.J., Open 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 7:30 a.m.- 10 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
October 21, 2012
Pop Blak & Blu (Warner Bros. ***1/2) Gary Clark Jr., the 28-year-old guitarist from Austin, Texas, has been killing it with regularity out on the road for the last couple of years, from the South by Southwest festival in his hometown to Made In America in Philadelphia to the White House, where he shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, and President Obama. Though the former teen prodigy has released independent albums before, Blak & Blu is both his major label debut and chance to properly introduce the range of his talents to the non-festival-going public.
March 27, 2012 |
Christina Verrelli, a 43-year-old Main Line mom, reshaped an old-fashioned pumpkin pie into an trendy "ravioli" dessert with a salted caramel whipped cream topping to win the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off and $1 million. "Oh my God, I'm over the moon," she said, still a little shocked, moments after she appeared on The Martha Stewart Show Tuesday morning from the contest in Orlando, Fla. "I'm in surreal land right now," she said in a phone interview. "It doesn't feel quite real yet. " When asked how she would spend the million dollars, Verelli, who lives in Devon with her husband, Louis, and two daughters, 7 and 9, said: "Well, college.
January 19, 2012
Bourbon collectors anticipating Woodford Reserve's annual Master's Collection, an annual experimental whiskey series, get a spicy surprise with the sixth edition - a half-bottle pair of pot-still 100 percent ryes aged in two kinds of barrels, one old, one new. These are 92.4-proof sippers, not blenders, in part because they're the nation's only triple-distilled ryes, according to Woodford's master distiller who says...
January 12, 2012 |
Like parenting a teenager, the making of caramelized onions involves patience, love, and a watchful eye. Both endeavors likely will make you cry, but the payoff is worth it. I know this about the onions; I am reassured about the other by mothers and fathers who have been there. Some with a reckless streak have taken the route of benign neglect for both tasks. I can't say whether that approach works in child-rearing, but loading a slow cooker with sliced onions and a few other ingredients and then walking away for up to eight hours produces a passable, but not excellent, product when compared to those produced by babysitting them on the stove for up to an hour.
July 27, 2011 |
NEW YORK - An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But when you put it in a Happy Meal, it might help keep regulators at bay, too. McDonald's on Tuesday said that it would add apple slices and reduce the portion of French fries in its children's meal boxes beginning this fall, effectively taking away consumers' current choice: either apples with caramel dip or fries as a Happy Meal side. The move by McDonald's, which has become a leader in moving from just burgers and fries to more nutritious fare like oatmeal and salads, comes as fast-food chains face intense scrutiny from health officials and others who blame the industry for childhood obesity and other health problems.
October 21, 2010
BACON CARAMEL 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 4 to 6 ounces smoky, thick-cut or slab bacon 2 ounces butter 1/4 cup heavy cream Dice the bacon into small, uniform pieces and begin to render the fat in a medium-size sauce pan over medium heat. This should take only a few minutes. The bacon will begin to get crispy. When it appears to have given up most of its fat, remove from the heat and strain the bacon through a fine mesh sieve, reserving the fat and the pieces separately.