August 9, 2012 |
According to a new poll, Loveladies, N.J., is one of the 10 "most unfortunate" town names in America. How the Hell, Michigan, did that happen? And why are some websites parroting FindMyPast.com's new list as if it's legit? OK, it is fun. Toad Suck, Ark. (No. 1) and Monkeys Eyebrow, Ky. (No. 10) are good for a few grins. But no way, Long Beach Island's Loveladies makes an honest countdown, while Satans Kingdom, Vt., and several famously suggestive Pennsylvania towns - Intercourse, Blue Ball and Bird-in-Hand - fail to get a sniff.
August 8, 2012
If you and your family visited a Chick-fil-A restaurant last Wednesday or Friday, your kids got a free, first-hand civics lesson. I'm always searching for teachable moments for parents, those moments when you can have a great conversation with your kids on issues and values that are important. The Chick-fil-A restaurant in South Philly that I visited Wednesday had a huge crowd, and was a great spot to talk about diversity of thought, freedom of speech and voting with your wallet.
August 4, 2012 |
The debate over same-sex marriage shouldn't be reduced to a question of whether or not to buy a chicken sandwich — but it has. Multitudes of evangelical Christians and others flocked to Chick-fil-A restaurants Wednesday to eat in support of the chain's president, who has been vilified for voicing his opposition to gay marriage. Meanwhile, multitudes of same-sex marriage supporters are organizing a national kiss-in Friday at the restaurants. Each demonstration should be viewed as Americans exercising their free-speech rights to express an opinion on this particular subject.
August 2, 2012 |
IT'S EVERY American's right to call someone a jerk, and that includes politicians. We applaud Councilman Jim Kenney for his letter to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, taking him to task for saying gay marriage is "inviting God's judgment on our nation. " We also support Kenney's plan to introduce a Council resolution in September condemning Cathy and his company. We're perfectly happy to have "Dan Cathy is a jerk" be the city's official position. But we hope this campaign stops there.
August 2, 2012 |
As nose-to-tail cookery becomes more popular in Philadelphia kitchens, chefs are left with a new challenge: What to do with the hide? "If you are going to use animal products, you have to be responsible and use the whole thing," says chef Andrew Wood of Russet restaurant in Center City, summarizing the philosophy behind whole-animal cooking. Wood has put pork, chicken, and goose skin on his menu, one of many local toques incorporating animal skins into their dishes in appealing, unexpected ways.
July 19, 2012 |
1 tablespoon olive oil ½ teaspoon each, chopped: fresh rosemary, thyme, and parsley Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 (3 ounces each) chicken cutlets ¾ cup marinara sauce ¼ cup shredded mozzarella Fresh basil, for garnish 1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. 2. Stir the oil and herbs in a small bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Brush both sides of the cutlets with the herb oil. Heat a heavy, large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add the cutlets and cook just until brown, about 2 minutes per side.
July 19, 2012 |
This is an excerpt from the blog "My Daughter's Kitchen. " I got the text from my son first thing in the morning on his girlfriend's birthday. "I want to make a birthday dinner tonight. Can you send a good easy recipe?" I'm happy anytime my kids cook instead of resorting to takeout, but I was especially thrilled that he wanted to cook a special meal instead of going out. "How about the scallops we made over the weekend," I suggested via text. "Eh, no scallops," he shot back.
July 12, 2012 |
3- to 5-pound whole chicken Kosher salt and ground black pepper For the barbecue sauce: 6-ounce can tomato paste 5 tablespoons agave syrup 3 tablespoons olive oil 5 tablespoons cider vinegar 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon ground...
July 9, 2012 |
In Somers Point, a summer breeze whistles off the bay across an open-air counter laden with cold littlenecks on the half-shell and bowls of creamy chowder brimming over, much as it has for 29 years at "Smitty's" Clam Bar. In Cape May Point, not far from the watchful gaze of the old WWII Lookout Tower, good things are perking again at the recently revived 1930s-era general store — now called The Red Store — thanks to Deanna Ebner and her...
June 26, 2012 |
SOME PARTIES are more memorable than others. Such was the case Saturday night at a celebration for Tess Fanning, who recently graduated from Archbishop Wood. Among those attending were Bob and Monica Rotzal, whose 21-year-old son Alex is scheduled to undergo chemo on Monday to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Alex, a former manager of La Salle High's crew team, now attends Temple. As is often the case, he was told that with chemo comes hair loss. That gave someone a hair-brained idea, and before you could say James Carville or Telly Savalas, 18 guys — young and old, some jocks, some not — were lined up to have their heads shaved as a show of support.