October 26, 2012 |
At Brown Betty Dessert Boutique, they're selling cakes, of course, but there's something more: It's a story of family, and you can see the names on the products in the display cases of the Northern Liberties-based bakery. There's "To Miss Mary," a sweet-potato cheesecake named after an aunt who ran a beauty shop at 48th and Fairmount. And a sweet-potato cake called "Only for Eliza," after a country woman from Virginia with a soft touch for anyone needing a meal. And a chocolate sour-cream cake called "Dear Ruth," in honor of a woman who died young but is remembered for her fashion sense.
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 7, 2012 |
GUILLERMO Tellez Cruz will never forget his first. First cookbook, that is. Tellez Cruz still has it - the official recipe book for International House of Pancakes, where he worked close to 30 years ago. Tellez Cruz, whose family hails from Mexico, was living in Chicago when he got his first restaurant job, working his way up from dishwashing to flipping flapjacks at IHOP. "I was so proud when they gave me that book," he recalled. "I treasured that book. I couldn't read English, but I could look at the pictures and start to pick out a few words.
September 6, 2012 |
This summer my family joined first lady Michelle Obama in battling obesity by eating homegrown food from pots on our deck: 47 cherry tomatoes, 13 jalapeños, 8 cucumbers, and various herbs. We accomplished this without hiring a gardening staff. But now the 2012-13 academic year is upon us, bringing with it a different culinary challenge: wedging nutritious dinners into the tempo of life containing homework, afternoon sports, and parental work schedules. Add to that a renewed focus on moving children toward healthier meal choices by involving them in the cooking or growing process.
September 6, 2012
HERE ARE some recipes, printed verbatim (unless otherwise indicated) from cookbooks in Guillermo Tellez Cruz and Sandi Foxx-Jones' collections. CHEESE BLINTZES WITH LINGONBERRIES For the crepes: 4 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking For the filling: 1/2 pound cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 pound farmer's cheese, at...
August 30, 2012
ARE YOU a fantastic home cook or do you know one? We think great dishes are being served in kitchens around the Delaware Valley. While we love our celebrity chefs, we want to celebrate the home cooks who serve a great meal without a prep person, dishwasher or exotically stocked walk-in refrigerator. Every month, "Top Cooks" will spotlight a home-cooking whiz and one of their recipes. Tell us about your Top Cook, their signature dish and how they work it in the kitchen. Featured cooks also will receive a cookbook or other prize for participating.
August 28, 2012 |
ANOTHER SIGN that the apocalypse is upon us. Snooki had a baby. The reality-TV star and her fiancé, Jionni LaValle , welcomed 6-pound 5-ounce Lorenzo Dominic LaValle at just before 3 a.m. Sunday at St. Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston, N.J., MTV said. In a birth announcement for the ages, a Snooki rep said, "The world just got another Guido!!! Nicole, Jionni & Enzo are doing great!" MTV congratulated Snooki and Jionni and looked toward pimping out the newborn on "Jersey Shore.
July 12, 2012
Marion Cunningham, 90, the home-cooking champion whose legacy can be found in the food-spattered pages of Fannie Farmer cookbooks in kitchens across America, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a hospital in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Wednesday, a family friend told the San Francisco Chronicle. Best known for her revisions of the classic The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, in 1979 and again in 1990, Ms. Cunningham also wrote several other books, including The Breakfast Book, Cooking With Children, and Lost Recipes.
June 15, 2012 |
James Beard award-winning food writer John T. Edge has worked hot dog carts in the French Quarter and in his hometown of Oxford, Miss., and indulged in street food around the world, so when it came to surveying the mobile eats in the United States, he was in his element. The New York Times' "United Tastes" columnist and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi lovingly immersed himself in the research for The Truck Food Cookbook (Workman)
June 7, 2012 |
Rachael Ray, the Queen of Quick Meals, has dubbed herself the Queen of Burgers with her new book, The Book of Burger (Atria Books, $24.99), released Tuesday. The popular host of TV's Rachael Ray Show will be signing copies Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wegman's in King of Prussia. Described by her publisher as "the ultimate collection of more than 200 recipes for burgers, sliders, sloppies, fries and sides," it offers her own favorite recipes along with those from other chefs who have competed in her Burger Bash in South Beach.