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)
September 6, 2012 |
The flavors are Greek; the cooking method is Chinese. The fusion results in a dish full of flavor. It's also a dish that seems to improve as its sits and doesn't need to be piping hot. Serve over rice, noodles, or toasted slices of Italian bread. Greek Chicken, Tomato, Green Bean Saute 4 or 5 servings Salt 1 pound green beans, trimmed; cut into 1-inch pieces 2 tablespoons mild olive oil 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed; cut into strips 1/4-inch thick, 1-inch long 1 medium (4 or 5 ounces)
September 4, 2012 |
LAGOS, NIGERIA - The roasted chickens had an unusual stuffing - $150,000 worth of cocaine, according to Nigerian police. A Nigerian mechanic who struggled in Brazil for more than six years had hoped that the drugs would buy him a life of luxury in his native land, Nigerian authorities said Monday. "This was like a retirement plan for him," said Mitchell Ofoyeju, spokesman for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. The accused was arrested over the weekend at the airport in Lagos after he came in from Sao Paulo with 5.7 pounds of cocaine, Ofoyeju said.
September 3, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Iran-born, Paris-based filmmaker Marjane Satrapi is a force of nature. A fluent English speaker, she's gregarious and easily takes over a room. Her French collaborator, Vincent Paronnaud, is the opposite: low-key, with a wry sense of humor, and he conducts interviews aided by a translator. But when it comes to cinema, the esteemed graphic novelists seem to have found a compatible sensibility. Their first feature collaboration, Persepolis , an expressionistic, hand-drawn, black-and-white animated film, earned them an Oscar nomination.
August 17, 2012
Company description: Our meaty chicken wings done in a special blend of our own spices. Lemony! Peppery! Garlicky! A little rosemary and some Romano cheese ... WOW. Chain: Chickie's & Pete's. Location: 1526 Packer Ave. Order time: 10 minutes. Price: $9.95 (small size). Review: Sure, you go to Chickie's & Pete's for the crabs and crab fries (and beer), but every once in a while the locally based chain adds a new item. These new Italian Wings are good. They taste of herbs and lemon, and our batch was cooked perfectly - crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
August 10, 2012 |
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's proudly proclaimed views on marriage set the stage for the first documented case of the sky actually falling on a chicken - or at least a purveyor of fried, dead ones. The Jim Henson Co., friend to longtime same-sex couple Bert and Ernie, pulled its toys from the chain's kiddie meals. Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney and other big-city politicians clucked furiously over Cathy's statements, while their demagogic mirror images Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee flocked to his defense.
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 9, 2012 |
My father has never been much of a food guy. But when it came to melons, he was way ahead of the curve. Served a wedge of cantaloupe, he'd sprinkle it with salt and pepper. I've never seen anyone else do that, but the combination is terrific - a good melon is way too wonderful to be treated only as a sweet. There are plenty of traditional examples of this. The most obvious is melon and prosciutto, and a very good one it is: the satin saltiness of the ham playing against the buttery sweetness of the melon.
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.