July 31, 2015 |
Dairy-free and delish If you're keeping Kosher, have a dairy allergy, or just really like cookies, check out Nomoo Cookie Company. The Pipersville bakeshop makes especially good dairy- and preservative-free gingersnaps with molasses and crystalized ginger, and double-chocolate cookies with Belgian chocolate and espresso powder. - Samantha Melamed Nomoo cookies, $3.29 each at Carlino's Specialty Foods, 2616 E. County Line Road, Ardmore, 610-649-4046. Order by the dozen ($19.95)
July 3, 2015 |
FLAG SHORTBREAD COOKIES If you want extra-fancy, dip the backs of these babies in melted bittersweet dark chocolate. 12 ounces unsalted butter, softened 1 cup 10X sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Red and blue colored sugars Combine butter and 10X sugar. Stir in flour, salt and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Chill. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll and cut dough into rectangular shapes, or press in a shortbread mold.
March 18, 2015 |
There are few television characters who can call a rival "Boo Boo Kitty" and make it seem like the most searing insult ever uttered. But that is the genius of Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson, in Fox's insanely popular Empire . The show, which ends its first buzzworthy season Wednesday night with a two-hour finale, has a strong Philadelphia flavor. Creator Lee Daniels hails from here. The show's star, Terrence Howard, calls the area home. Bryshere Gray, who plays the youngest Lyon, Hakeem, and is the voice behind the show's breakout song, "Drip Drop," is from West Philly.
March 12, 2015 |
America loves Cookie Lyon - the female lead on Fox's breakout hit Empire - riotously played by Taraji P. Henson. Cookie is a Philly-bred, around-the-way girl who drinks hard-core rappers under the table, and unapologetically tosses the belongings of her ex-husband's fiancee from the top floor of a suburban mansion. And, whoa, the Cookie Monster fiercely loves her children. But we wouldn't connect to Cookie so completely if her sense of style - or, sometimes, lack thereof - wasn't so very on point with her character: Cookie dresses like a woman who doesn't play.
February 27, 2015 |
If you keep your eyes open on the days of Purim next week, you may see rabbis dressed as Winnie the Pooh or Professor Dumbledore, and parents in costumes alongside cross-dressing children. The Jewish holiday of Purim includes some traditions that are similar to Mardi Gras and Halloween: outlandish costumes, festive meals, drinking, treat bestowing, and communal fun. The celebration of Purim, this year from the eve of March 4 to 6, differs slightly in every Jewish community, but all have carnivallike atmospheres with plays, parodies, services, and food.
February 13, 2015 |
Want to show loved ones that they are worth a little extra effort? Handcrafted cards are nice, but on Valentine's Day, nothing is better than homemade treats. Who wouldn't be wooed by hand-dipped chocolates? Or reminded of fond affections with sugar cookie missives? Homemade confections are as perfect a gift for the teacher who cares for your child as they are for your mom or dad. And you can create an assortment of goodies just the way your sweetheart or friend or firstborn likes them best.
December 21, 2014 |
MUNICH, Germany - Christmas in America has gradually become a season dominated by unbridled commercialism and media overload. But Jesus is the reason for the season, and St. Nicholas was a real person - a bishop, later a saint, who was known for secret gift-giving. For a different experience of this magical time, head to Bavaria in southeastern Germany, nestled against the Alps. Here, Christmas is a monthlong celebration of Advent, the period of the four Sundays preceding Dec. 24. Households prepare for the first day of Advent by baking mounds of delicious cookies.
December 21, 2014 |
Fevered claims of a "war on Christmas" have issued regularly in recent years from tribunes on the right - Fox News and Sarah Palin prominent among them. They summon a shared (Christian) tradition, a land before greetings of "Happy Holidays" and disinvitations of Nativity scenes from the public square. Christmas, however, was hardly settled turf in early Pennsylvania. Don Yoder, 93, has written extensively on the subject, including the introduction to Alfred Shoemaker's seminal Christmas in Pennsylvania , first published in 1959 (and still in print.)
July 22, 2014 |
THE LIFE of a reporter can be pretty tough sometimes. For example, you try taking notes while participating in a swim meet. KYW Newsradio's Jim Melwert knows how hard it is firsthand. Last week, with a little help from the Gift of Life program, Melwert was in Houston reporting on and participating in the Transplant Games of America, an Olympics-style event for people who have donated or received an organ. In 2006, Melwert stepped in to give his aunt Jean DelMuto , who had polycystic kidney disease, one of his kidneys.
February 7, 2014
"TASTY enough to turn Jay Z vegan!" That's a slogan Mickey Davis and Dorinda Hampton have not yet used to promote their Philly-based food line Really Fresh Vegan. But it's not out of the question. Davis, a/k/a "Black Key," is a Grammy-nominated music producer who's worked with Ludacris, 50 Cent and DMX. He told me how, as producer of the official B-side remix of Beyonce's 2006 "Deja Vu" single, he'd discussed vegan food with Jay Z, and got him to try some. Whether the superstars' December "22-day vegan challenge" was inspired by Davis and Hampton may never be known - until I get the chance to ask Jay Z himself - but Really Fresh Vegan aims for a big impact here in the Delaware Valley, where RFV sandwiches, snacks, juices and dessert items are increasingly showing up on store shelves.