November 27, 2014 |
'So why aren't we making real grilled cheese?" said chef Marc Vetri, who was visiting our after-school cooking class. "Well, we're going for something healthier," I said. Baked whole-wheat pitas stuffed with cheese and homemade tomato soup - a reinvention of the classic pairing. "You think these are healthy?" he said, grabbing the pitas and reading off the offensive ingredients: preservatives, enzymes, gluten. "So, what kind of bread should I buy in a grocery store?
October 10, 2014 |
There are more than 100 cheese-makers in the province of Québec, the most of any in Canada, and they are producing some of the most exciting artisan cheeses in the New World, from washed-rind stinkers to creamy blues. That comes as no surprise, given the province's cheese-loving French DNA. Unfortunately, few of the best - especially those made from raw milk - are widely available in the States. That just means you'll have to visit some of the fine cheesemongers of Québec City.
August 22, 2014 |
One of summer's greatest culinary pleasures is food cooked on a grill, with backyard flames enhancing flavors like nothing else. But fire and hot coals can transform so much more than just burgers and dogs. Almost all the produce bursting from local farms and gardens can be cooked outside - creating flavorful fare from appetizers through desserts. Grilled whole, sliced, layered or wrapped, almost every vegetable and many fruits can be converted into tasty fare on a barbecue grill.
July 25, 2014
Backstory: Andrea Capecci and her brother Nicholas are new to Philly's growing lunch-truck scene. They opened earlier this year but spent a couple of years kicking around ideas before setting on Pbon's interesting mix of seafood and sausage, inspired by the Philadelphia natives' upbringing: frequent trips to Bridesburg with their grandmother for hard-shell crabs, and twice-a-week traditional Italian dinners whipped up by their mother (think plenty...
July 25, 2014 |
The humble mason jar has become the symbol of DIY culture, Pinterest aspiration, and nostalgia for homespun days of yore. Invented in Philadelphia in 1858 and revived by neo-food preservationists and Martha Stewart wedding pictorials circa the early aughts, the old-timey glass with the tin lid has become the go-to restaurant vessel for cocktails, single-serve cakes, and plain old tap water. Mason jars just seem to make everything look simple - in a good way. It's not only a matter of aesthetics, though.
July 15, 2014 |
PHILLY'S FORMER "Mob Wives" star, Alicia DiMichele , agreed to pay $40,000 in restitution in Brooklyn federal court to Teamsters Local 282 for embezzling funds while handling the books for jailbird hubby Edward "Tall Guy" Garofalo Jr. , currently serving seven years for murder conspiracy. According to the New York Daily News , DiMichele's brother Anthony had to write the first check for $20,000 because DiMichele didn't have the cash. DiMichele originally withdrew her guilty plea in April when Local 282 asked for $2.8 million in restitution.
June 21, 2014 |
A Norristown man was sentenced to eight years of reporting probation and inpatient sex-offender treatment after pleading guilty Thursday to exposing himself to four Northeast Philadelphia women and propositioning them for a sex act. Christopher Pagano, 42, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and harassment, and Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon sentenced him under terms negotiated by Assistant District Attorney Susan Cho...
June 20, 2014 |
A NORRISTOWN man who rose to infamy earlier this year as the "Swiss Cheese Pervert" was sentenced to probation yesterday after he pleaded guilty. Dressed in a rumpled white dress shirt, black slacks and a tie, Christopher Pagano, 42, said "guilty" to four counts of harassment and two counts of indecent exposure before Municipal Judge James DeLeon. Under terms of a guilty plea negotiated with the District Attorney's Office, DeLeon then sentenced Pagano to eight years of sex-offender probation.
May 16, 2014 |
"MILLION DOLLAR ARM" is a movie about pitching, but the baseball kind. Its putative hero is a sports agent, and its plot is about a marketing ploy. And although there've been good movies about sports agents before, "Million Dollar Arm" feels like "Jerry Maguire" by way of Jay Mohr's character. Jon Hamm plays JB Bernstein, an L.A. swell who drives a Porsche and lives on a property big enough to accommodate a guesthouse, where he stores Lake Bell, in case he runs short on models.
May 11, 2014 |
K&B AUTO-BODY shop, a family-owned business in Frankford, has a "friendly office staff" and prides itself on its "ability to offer quality work with excellent service," according to an online description of the company. Apparently co-owner William Cheeseman considered a police radio dispatcher to be part of the family, too. Dorian Parsley, 44, a 16-year veteran of the department, is accused by the feds of giving confidential police information - such as locations of auto accidents - to Cheeseman and two other tow-truck operators, Stepfon Flowers and Chad Harris, who at times worked for K&B. She allegedly did it in exchange for bribes, collecting thousands of dollars in cash, from February 2011 to December 2013, authorities say. The U.S. Attorney's Office yesterday announced the unsealing of an indictment Thursday against Parsley, of Philadelphia; Cheeseman, 42, of Delran, N.J.; Flowers, 24, and Harris, 22, both of the city.