June 12, 2015 |
Some recipes are sacrosanct, passed down on stained and creased index cards from one generation to the next. If you grew up on soul food, like Dejenaba Gordon did, collard greens is among them. "I've only known one way to cook collard greens: Boil it for hours with turkey or pork," she said. But last week, she stood up in front of a capacity crowd at the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center and proposed something radical: Quickly saute the greens with caramelized onions, olive oil, and Dijon mustard, a compromise that preserves the nutrition and cuts out the saturated fat. The point wasn't to break with tradition, but to embrace it - while rethinking familiar flavors and ingredients in the context of 21st-century nutrition concerns.
June 12, 2015 |
Students at Elwyn officially have gone into the farming business. The 163-year-old organization, which provides services for children and adults with disabilities, has taken over operations at the eight-acre farm on the campus in Middletown Township, Delaware County. "Everything is going directly to our folks," Ethan Brazell, 34, assistant director in education, said Tuesday. Greener Partners, a community-supported agriculture nonprofit (CSA), had run the farm for about six years, but it has consolidated operations at its Collegeville, Montgomery County, farm, Brazell said.
January 22, 2015
WHAT, NO watermelon? Excuse the sarcasm, but I'm still looking side-eyed at a laughable attempt by a restaurant inside the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by serving fried chicken. Wait, there's more: The Metropolitan restaurant also dished up collard greens and macaroni and cheese in honor of the slain civil-rights leader. Advertised as the "Martin Luther King Jr. Special," the $24 meal consisted of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, collard greens and homemade pecan pie. Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata, told me that the restaurant chose menu items that were among King's favorite foods as a way to honor him and that the menu was put together by the restaurant's African-American general manager.
August 27, 2014 |
LULA MAE FLOWERS might have stood just 5 feet tall, but you didn't want to get her riled up. One way to really bring out Lula Mae's combative nature was to do or say anything against her family. "We must be very clear that if you tried to harm her family - especially her boys - this 5-foot lady would single-handedly make you regret that decision," her family said in a tribute. Other than that, Lula Mae was a loving and nurturing woman, a cook whose pigs feet and barbecue ribs were family legends, and a shopper whose devotion to finding a bargain kept storekeepers on their toes all over the city.
July 15, 2014 |
EVA BASKERVILLE looked into the future and didn't like what she saw. Since childhood, she had toiled on her family's tobacco farm in Henderson, N.C. What would her future be? Marry a farmer, have a bunch of kids, continue working the soil? No thanks. She moved to Philadelphia. Eva and her sister, Rosa Lee, equally fed up with farming, came to the city, where an aunt lived, and Eva, then 19, started a new life in an urban environment. Eva Norman - as she became after marrying Clarence Norman Jr., the operator of a clothing store that specialized in uniforms - was a devoted churchwoman and outstanding cook in the Southern tradition.
July 12, 2013
PHILADELPHIA is lucky to enjoy a thriving array of farmers markets. Their popularity, however, has created an interesting post-nutritional phenomenon, at least in my eyes. Lines of humble tables piled with gorgeous produce can turn into mobbed social gatherings faster than you can mispronounce "endive. " A shopper lingering over a basket of peaches might get clipped by a luxury stroller pushed by parents channeling "Fast and Furious 6. " A cook surveying the cheese selection runs the risk of a punch to the solar plexus from a self-proclaimed "locavore" vying for the last bunch of asparagus.
June 24, 2013 |
WHEN KETTIE Eugene arrived in Oxford Circle from her native Haiti 11 years ago, she brought along her parents' attitude toward growing your own vegetables. "If you don't grow, you don't eat," Eugene said on a recent Sunday morning, tending the plants in her raised bed at the Take Back Your Neighborhood community garden, dressed in an elegant red outfit because she had come directly from early Mass at Our Lady of Ransom Church. Being the best-dressed urban gardener in Northeast Philadelphia didn't cramp Eugene's style as she hand-watered her cucumbers, zucchini, snow peas, collard greens, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and cabbage with a sprinkler can, and planted marigolds to keep the ladybugs away.
April 22, 2013 |
Sociable, happy, and energetic are words often used to describe Johnanya, a delightful 6-year-old with a bright smile and beautiful hazel eyes. She is in kindergarten, where her favorite subjects are reading and art. She gets along well with her teachers and classmates. Johnanya says that the things she likes to do most are laugh, play, and "be good. " She also likes a good joke. Johnanya enjoys making arts and crafts projects and listening to a good story. Her favorite foods include collard greens and green beans.
March 28, 2013
Q: Do I really need milk for calcium? I hate the stuff but I don't want to do anything to compromise my health. - Ms. Conscientious about Calcium A: I don't think we ever "needed" cow's milk for general nutrition, let alone for calcium, contrary to popular belief. All mammals, including us, produce milk for their babies. As far as I know, we're the only mammals that drink another species' milk, like, forever. Also, I think it is interesting to note that osteoporosis is highest in industrialized nations where there is high consumption of animal protein, dairy products and milk.
March 3, 2013 |
Samuel C. Alexander, 91, of Darby Township, a retired building inspector and ship's carpenter who was active in his community and church, died Sunday, Feb. 24, at an assisted living facility in Southfield, Mich. He had been in Michigan since 2011 to be close to a daughter and a son who live there. Mr. Alexander was a building inspector for 27 years in Darby Township. He inspected residential and commercial buildings, churches, and other structures, retiring in 1992. For part of that time, Mr. Alexander, a Navy veteran, also worked as a shipwright (ship's carpenter)