October 13, 2014
I CAN'T HEAR enough about actress Sarah Jessica Parker 's recent visit to Philly to prep for an upcoming TV newsroom drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper series by Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman . Whenever the subject comes up, I'm all over any little morsel about the "Sex and the City" star - like this one from Ruderman's Facebook page: While being given a tour, Parker asked Ruderman and Laker where the best place...
August 2, 2014 |
At the end of each week, Federal Donuts - which has a menu exclusively featuring doughnuts, fried chicken, and coffee - disposes of the useless backs and bones of chickens. It amounts to about 1,000 pounds of waste a week. But in the next few months, Federal Donuts will reduce its waste, using the by-product to found a new restaurant called Rooster Soup Co. Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry collaborated to raise $179,380 on Kickstarter to open a restaurant, with proceeds benefiting BSM. The campaign, which closed July 26, ran for 45 days and met its goal of $150,000 about a week before the deadline.
June 13, 2014
FOOLISH WAFFLES Finally here: We haven't been this excited since the Surf and Turf Truck rolled into LOVE Park and we started running up Filbert Street for steak and lobster bisque. Hey, did you know there are different types of waffles? We didn't. So we tried both that Foolish Waffles co-owners Robin Admana and Florence "Flo" Gardner had to offer. Liege: The sweet, buttery liege waffle ($5) is a darn near perfect dessert, with chunks of pearl sugar that do amazing caramelizing things when baked.
June 6, 2014 |
Even though the party didn't start till 5 p.m., Christian McKinney's grandmother and younger brother were waiting in the lobby of Lawton Elementary School at 3. "Do you want to help in the kitchen?" I asked Brandon, 9. "Me? he said with incredulous delight. "Mom-mom, Mom-mom, I get to help cook!" he cried, literally jumping up and down. For our last cooking class, each of my fifth-grade chefs had invited two guests for a dinner of buttermilk roasted chicken and pasta salad, the menu chosen from their favorite dishes of those we had cooked over the last nine weeks.
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)