February 1, 2013 |
THERE IS A LOT TO ADORE - or at least to ogle - at the Wing Bowl. There are local celebs, namely, 94WIP's Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti, co-creators of the 21-year-old extravaganza, and Rhea Hughes, who keeps the guys in line. There are an estimated 20,000 spectators - rowdy, predominantly male carousers who pay 10 bucks each to get their Super Bowl party started early (very early) Friday, like way before 6 a.m. There are Wingettes, a scantily clad, buxom battalion that is part cheerleaders, part servers, part centerfolds.
February 1, 2013 |
If it hasn't already happened to you, get ready. Even five minutes of casual news watching will alert you: This is the worst cold and flu season in recent memory. The sneezing that punctuates an unusually thick fatigue was my first clue that I was among the ill. Actually, my already-infected husband, sick a full week before I was, foretold the cold. Before I succumbed to the worst of it, something had to be done. I needed to make a lot of chicken soup for some serious symptom relief.
January 17, 2013
Marianne Gere and Kim Strengari, from West Conshohocken's Stella Blu and Gypsy Saloon , have crossed the Schuylkill to open Southern Cross Kitchen , a restaurant-bar on the former site of 8 East at 8 E. First Ave. in Conshohocken (484-344-5668). The cross does not refer to the Fayette Street bridge or to the constellation; rather, the cuisine is a cross between down-home Southern classics and modern comfort food (jambalaya, fried buttermilk chicken, smothered pork chop, etc.)
January 11, 2013
What to eat: Halal (food that meets Islamic dietary laws) chicken, lamb, falafel or tilapia platters with rice, lettuce, tomato and onion are $5 - soda or water included! Sizable portions, too. Sandwiches and a drink are $4. Go with the creamy white sauce or the hot sauce, or both. Eat for less after you "dress for less" at the Ross store nearby. Don't miss: Halal chicken platters are popular for a reason: They're consistently good. Tender - not greasy or fatty - morsels of chicken with a shot of hot sauce make the perfect quick lunch.
November 16, 2012 |
YOU MIGHT THINK memories of home cooking are the foundation for a Top Cook. Bardre Parrish, of the Yorktown section, recalls his mother's nose for a good meal. "My mom would always take me to the food hall at Strawbridge's [the former department store at 8th and Market], and it gave me a great appreciation for good food," Parrish said recently. "The barbecue chicken I had there definitely inspired me. I treasure the memory. " Parrish's other inspiration was his sixth-grade home-economics teacher, "Miss Gary," at Conwell Russell Middle School, who taught him to make gravy and pepper steak.
November 7, 2012 |
TERRY BRADSHAW was in damage-control mode after making a comment that could be construed as racist. On Sunday, the Fox studio analyst was describing highlights of the Dolphins-Colts game. In one clip, Miami running back Reggie Bush was on his way to scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run and Bradshaw said it looked "like he was chasing that bucket of chicken the wind was blowing. " On Monday, Bradshaw offered an apology via USA Today saying he was "so sorry if I hurt anybody . . . " Geez, did he really say if ?
November 1, 2012 |
Deviled chicken was one of my mom's standbys. My modern-day makeover gets rid of the skin. To keep the chicken moist and flavorful, I soak it in a combination of yogurt and mustard, then coat it in panko bread crumbs. The chicken pieces need to be refrigerated in the marinade for 8 to 12 hours. Panko-Crusted Deviled Chicken Makes 4 large or 8 small servings 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard, or more to taste 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste Eight 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (or use skinless, bone-in chicken thighs or legs)
September 27, 2012
Company description: Grilled chicken, hearth-roasted apples, candied pistachios, dried cranberries, feta, mixed greens and caramel vinaigrette. Chain: Cosi. Calories: 515, with 26 grams of fat, 27 grams of protein and 597 mgs of salt. Location: 833 Chestnut St. Order time: A few minutes. Price: $7.99. Review: It takes a lot to get the Chain Gang to not order a Cosi thin crust flatbread pizza. But we always like to try their specials, too, and the Autumn Apple Chicken Salad is a winner.
September 21, 2012 |
STICK WITH WHAT you know. So far, that's worked out pretty well for Iranian graphic novelist-turned-filmmaker Marjane Satrapi. Based in Paris, the 42-year-old took the comic-book world by storm a decade ago with "Persepolis," a coming-of-age tale set during the Iranian Revolution. She is a master of economy, generating raw emotion with stripped-down, almost childlike drawings. Her 2007 film adaptation, which she co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud, didn't stray far. Rendered in crisp black-and-white animation, her film won the Jury Prize at Cannes and an Oscar nod. For her second film, Satrapi again mines her own material, the graphic novel "Chicken With Plums.
September 14, 2012 |
Dine out enough, and you're likely to compile a mental list of your favorite dishes: Dan dan noodles from Han Dynasty, edamame ravioli from Buddakan, linguine with cockles from Paradiso, salade Lyonnaise from Parc. Would it be nice to have the recipes, and maybe the stories behind them? April White, a food writer and communications manager of the Food Trust, offers 50 recipes, including a few cocktails, while putting the Philadelphia dining scene in context in the new cookbook Philadelphia Chef's Table (Lyons Press)