May 9, 2014 |
We were cooking at noon because of early dismissal for teacher report-card conferences, and some students were opening their report cards for the first time. "I got an A in violin!" exclaimed Kimberly Luu - which set off a round of bragging about how many A's each received that lasted until I could get the geniuses to focus on cooking. Before starting our spring cooking classes, I had asked several local chefs for simple, nutritious recipes that included fresh produce, could be prepared in about an hour, cost less than $20 for six servings, and contained about 20 grams of protein and no more than 500 calories per serving.
April 18, 2014 |
THE EGG TAKES center stage at Passover and Easter celebrations this week in many households. Thanks to Sarah, Eglantine and Miss Lips, however, every day's a celebration of the egg for Marianne Morrison. Morrison raises backyard chickens. Three to be exact. Sarah and Miss Lips are Red Star breed; Eglantine is an Orpington. Depending on the time of year, but especially in the spring and summer, each hen can be counted on to produce an egg or two a day. "I learned most of what I know when I worked as a zookeeper in the bird department at the Philadelphia Zoo," said Morrison.
April 12, 2014 |
The horse, startled by a chicken roaming on the track, partially bucked off the jockey, dragged him for about 40 seconds as one foot remained in a stirrup, kicked him repeatedly, and killed him, according to a lawsuit. On Wednesday, a Philadelphia jury found Parx Casino & Racetrack liable for nearly $8 million for the 2010 incident that claimed the life of Mario Calderon, 55, of Croydon. Calderon suffered 11 broken ribs and bleeding in the brain, according to his attorney, Michael A. Trunk, and died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital.
April 4, 2014 |
HADDON TWP. In Gwenne Baile's dreams, Sunrise, Dawn, and Goldie - three tawny, handsome hens of the Buff Orpington breed - take up residence in her backyard. "Backyard chickens are healthier," she says. "They get good food. They get fresh air. They're loved. " Baile, 65, is a retired nurse-midwife. She calls herself "the mother hen" of a campaign to let Haddon Township residents keep up to six chickens (but no roosters) for noncommercial purposes. The bucolic beauty and insect-eating, egg-laying proclivities of pet chickens will help Haddon Township be "a sustainable community, a greener town," she says.
March 14, 2014 |
BURLINGTON TWP. You might call them repeat customers. One hundred Chick-fil-A aficionados arrived at the store's new Burlington Township location before 6 a.m. Wednesday, setting up a makeshift tent city and prepared to stay - for 24 hours. Although not exactly fast food, the long wait was all in pursuit of an appetizing promise: 52 free No. 1 meals for a year. The promotional event, a giveaway hosted for restaurant chain grand openings, drew people young and old, and from Mount Laurel to Virginia.
January 20, 2014 |
DEAR SUSAN CORBETT: Well, here we go again. Three months ago, I begged you to ask your governor husband, Tom, to release the $45 million he was withholding from the Philadelphia School District. My impetus, back then, was that a child had died of an asthma attack that her family said began at school - a school that, because of budget cuts, had no full-time nurse on-site. Ma'am, I don't know what you said or did to knock some sense into your husband's head (I'd have bonked him with a frying pan)
January 17, 2014
AUTHENTIC cooking doesn't necessarily come easy or fast. But if you're willing to invest five hours in this multistep process, you'll be rewarded with up to 5 dozen delicious Salvadoran Chicken Tamales, made the right way. (Note: We've created separate recipes for each step, with a section on assembly and cooking at the end.) BOILED CHICKEN 1 whole (3-pound) chicken, plus 4 chicken breasts (about 2 pounds) 4 teaspoons salt Lemon, halved 1 head garlic, halved crosswise 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 2 green bell peppers, coarsely chopped 1 bunch cilantro 1 bay leaf 4 stalks celery Powdered chicken bouillon, preferably Knorr tomato bouillon with chicken flavor Sprinkle the whole chicken and breasts evenly with the salt.
January 12, 2014 |
RESTAURANTS Banana Leaf 1009 Arch St., 215-592-8288; bananaleafphilly.com This Penang spin-off has overtaken the original as my favorite Chinatown Malaysian due to consistency and vivid flavors. Don't miss the delicate roti canai pancakes with chicken curry, spot-on satay, steamed poh piah jicama spring rolls, crispy whole fish in tangy Thai sauce, fried squid with funky "special sauce," or the richly curried beef rendang. Bar-Ly 101 N. 11th St., 215-922-2688; bar-ly.com Come here to drink and watch a game more than to eat. But Chinatown's first craft-beer bar has 60 taps with a generally high-quality lineup (Great Lakes, Unibroue, Staropramen)
November 21, 2013
The soup days are upon us, and few bowls satisfy the craving quite like hearty chicken soup. Le Pain Quotidien delivers an appealing update to the ancient French standard called pot-au-feu, a wintery one-pot stew of root veggies, broth, and meat. True to the Belgian bread chain's sleek organic aesthetic, this rendition is neat and tidy rather than rustic. But I still love all the veggies that fill this bowl, from turnips and leeks to garbanzo beans, carrots, and cauliflower, alongside the tender chunks of chicken seasoned with herbes de Provence.
October 16, 2013 |
A central Pennsylvania chicken company that promotes what it calls its humane slaughtering practices was accused of cruelty Monday by an animal-rights organization that alleges it allows newly hatched chicks to be tossed live into meat grinders and other brutal conditions. Compassion Over Killing, a Washington-based nonprofit that says it is dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and promoting vegetarian eating, released a video Monday it says was recorded by an undercover investigator who spent several weeks working in the Bell & Evans hatchery in Fredericksburg, Lebanon County.