March 14, 2014 |
Irish heritage is not required to enjoy a great, easy, St. Patrick's Day-inspired meal. My mid-March tradition of planting peas outside while a corned beef brisket and cabbage simmer away on the stove may come simply from living in East Coast cities with Irish-American friends and neighbors. This cold, dreary spring may not allow for outdoor planting on St. Patrick's Day, but you can be sure we'll be eating corned beef. Corned beef is not only delicious, it is extremely easy to prepare at home.
March 27, 2012 |
THE NCAA Final Four consists of three teams seeded No. 2 or higher, and one seeded fourth. That said, you would think that among the more than five million brackets entered in CBSSports.com's tournament pool, a significant percentage would have a perfect Final Four. Think again. Apparently, a lot people go with the No. 1 seeds. According to the website, only 17,979 brackets - out of 5,136,592 - penciled in Ohio State (No. 2, East), Kansas (No. 2, Midwest), Kentucky (No. 1, South)
April 28, 2011
"God. Country. Corned Beef. " Now that's a slogan I can stand behind at Schlesinger's, the Locust Street deli that real estate mogul Alan Domb converted from the Kibbitz Room several months ago, where there's been more than a name change (now an ode to Domb's mother's family.) Hymie's owner Louis Barson was brought in to manage, prices were lowered, and the squishy old bread has been replaced with more substantial rye from Kaplan's. The big pickle bar and sassy Sy Ginsburg pastrami remain (thank goodness)
April 20, 2011 |
SANDY HOOK, N.J. - A bag of heroin, a 10-gallon gas tank, five pairs of underwear, a duck caller, and a plastic cow were among the nearly half-million pieces of trash picked up from New Jersey's beaches by volunteers last year. It may appear that everything but the kitchen sink turned up. But that would be wrong: There was one of those, too. Clean Ocean Action, an environmental group that has been doing beach sweeps for 25 years, said in a report released Tuesday that an all-time high of 475,321 pieces of litter was removed from the state's 127-mile shoreline last year.
April 19, 2011 |
SANDY HOOK, N.J. - A bag of heroin, a 10-gallon gas tank, five pairs of underwear, a duck caller and a plastic cow were among the nearly half-million pieces of trash picked up from New Jersey's beaches by volunteers last year. It may appear that everything but the kitchen sink turned up. But that's wrong: There was one of those, too. Clean Ocean Action, the environmental group that has been doing beach sweeps for 25 years, says in a report to be released Tuesday that an all-time high of 475,321 pieces of litter were removed from the state's 127-mile shoreline last year.
March 10, 2011
_ It's more like St. Patrick's week at Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant (1500 Locust St., 215-893-9700), starting with the St. Baldrick's Fundraiser beginning at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Shave your head and raise money to help find a cure for childhood cancer; preregister at stbaldricks.org. There's a St. Practice Day Outdoor Street Festival Saturday on Locust Street between 15th and 16th. On the big day next Thursday, Fado will offer a pint and free pancakes at 8 a.m., plus live music, Irish dancers and pipers.
March 11, 2010 |
My Dublin-born brother-in-law and thousands of others who emigrated from the Emerald Isle, will swear to you that corned beef and cabbage was not traditionally served on St. Patrick's Day. Indeed, "a good many authorities these days take pleasure in announcing that corned beef and cabbage isn't a real Irish dish at all," says Colman Andrews, a food and wine expert with more distant Irish roots. "I don't believe that for a minute," he says. Andrews, the author of The Country Cooking of Ireland (Chronicle Books, 2009)
September 17, 2009
Deli king Russ Cowan doesn't believe in a cursed address. Otherwise, why take a chance on the 60-seat corner space at 19th and Ranstead Streets that's been a graveyard for failed concepts? (Remember Bootsie's? Ashoka Palace?) Pure corned-beef chutzpah, that's why. "I've taken over some real dumps and fixed them up," boasts Cowan, whose ethereal house-pickled meats (towered high into sandwiches like this reuben) have quadrupled revenues at the original Famous 4th Street Deli in Queen Village since he took it over in 2005.
August 11, 2009
To: Fagan, Kate; Salisbury, James T. Subject: Hola, Pedro So much for running away with the NL East. After getting swept by the Fish, the Phils' lead has been cut to four games. So what do you think about Happ throwing in his normal spot tonight and Pedro making his first start tomorrow at Wrigley? This is a reasonable move. The Phils put a lot of eyes on Pedro in the minors and all say he's worth a look. The team has an obligation to use the best guys, even if that means nudging aside a classy pro like Moyer.
April 12, 2009 |
May we put in a good word for pepper hash, handmaiden of the fish cake, stand-in for the pricey lemon (in Victorian times), friend of the workingman - on the verge now of culinary extinction in a Philadelphia where ho-hum coleslaws, chow chows, and that tart cherry-pepper hoagie relish seem to be coasting just fine, riding free and easy. Is there no justice? Sweet pepper hash has more than earned a place at the table where for most of the city's existence it was a fixture. "Fish cooks paired it up with fried oysters, soft-shell crabs, codfish balls, shad fritters, and grilled catfish," historian William Woys Weaver recounts, noting its perfect attendance at catfish suppers once prevalent hereabouts.