September 29, 2014 |
For many Americans - maybe most - cranberry bogs are about as exotic and mysterious as rice paddies. So Joe Darlington and Brenda Conner, both fifth-generation cranberry growers, were happy to help the American Cranberry Growers Association organize Saturday's first-ever New Jersey Cranberry Harvest Kick-Off. The Garden State is the nation's third-largest cranberry producer. For the scores of people at the free event, it was sort of like Cranberries for Dummies. Under cloudless skies in historic Whitesbog Farm Village in Pemberton Township, the heart of the Pine Barrens, cranberry growers and researchers hung out at exhibit tables, explaining such things as the anatomy of a bog (kids could make a "bog in a cup")
October 12, 2013 |
The cranberry bogs on Joe Darlington's farm in Burlington County have been producing the same glorious crimson fruit for 160 years. But more of the cranberries harvested there are now ending up in new juices and other Ocean Spray cranberry products outside the United States, as the cooperative looks to new markets overseas. Ocean Spray held cooking classes in China and Russia for the first time last summer to teach locals how to incorporate the cranberry into their cuisine. In June, it had its first harvest in Chile - where farmers joined the co-op last year - and it has been tailoring its products to accommodate overseas tastes, with Ocean Spray Cran Black Currant in the United Kingdom and Ocean Spray Cran Mango in Mexico.
November 22, 2012
This snappy cocktail created by Vincent Stipo from Vernick Food and Drink provides just the tonic to the tension of getting the turkey on the table. Plan ahead and make the base in advance, then appoint a bartender to mix drinks. - Maureen Fitzgerald Boggy Collins Makes 1 cocktail 1 1/2 ounces Tito's Handmade Vodka (or other good-quality vodka) 2 ounces fresh cranberry puree (see recipe below) 1/2 ounce fresh lime Splash of ginger beer Orange wedge or peel (for garnish)
July 16, 2012 |
William S. Haines Jr. was making his daily rounds at Hog Wallow this week, driving over narrow, dusty roads between the sprawling cranberry bogs and reservoirs. At an intersection, he pulled over, then walked into a field with two workers and looked down. A parasitic dodder plant was winding through the cranberry vines. "Left alone, it will multiply and multiply and become a huge mass," Haines said. "We're fanatical about getting rid of it. "It's like a farmer told me years ago: 'Nothing improves your farm like your feet on it,' and that's true," he said.
November 23, 2011 |
Tables across the country will be overflowing with myriad traditions on Thanksgiving Day. Most will have turkeys, some will have ethnic eats such as ravioli, collard greens, or kugel. But there's one thing all the holiday revelers will have in common: Scouring the fridge the next day and gorging on leftovers. "I actually look forward to the leftovers more than the dinner itself," says Peter McAndrews, chef and owner of Philadelphia's Modo Mio, Monsù, and Paesano's. It's a sentiment many hosts would repeat.
August 8, 2011
Risk factors linked to sudden cardiac death University of Pennsylvania researchers have identified risk factors that put postmenopausal women with heart disease at high risk of sudden cardiac death - abruptly dying of a lethal arrythmia. Currently, the only established risk factor for sudden cardiac death is weak heart contractions, measured by an echocardiogram. But many heart disease patients whose heart develops a lethal arrythmia don't have this weakening. For their study, the Penn researchers analyzed data from a previous study of 2,763 postmenopausal heart disease patients.
November 27, 2010 |
That sublime cross-genre warbler Fergie and her gang, the Black Eyed Peas , will soothe the savage NFL soul as the official act for Fox's Super Bowl XLV halftime show Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Fox says the show, which last year drew 153 mil viewers in America, is the most-watched musical event of the year. Previous acts include the Who , Bruce Springsteen , Tom Petty , Prince , and Sir Paul McCartney . Having their turkey . . . . . . and eating it, too. Celebs eat turkey - and even give thanks - just like you and me. Michael Douglas went all-American, taking wife Catherine Zeta-Jones , 41, and kids, Carys , 7½, and Dylan , 10, to Epcot Center in Florida on Wednesday, People reports.
June 9, 2010
IN NEW JERSEY, where open land is disappearing faster than water ice on a summer day, the Pine Barrens stand out as the largest national reserve east of the Mississippi River, stretching roughly from Lakehurst to Cape May County. The people who live here are content with a slower pace amid lakes, bogs and forests far removed from the hustle of Philadelphia - even though the city is less than an hour away. All things "Piney," as folks native to the area used to call themselves, will be celebrated June 26 during the 27th annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival at the Historic Whitesbog Village in Browns Mills, N.J., about 40 miles from Philadelphia.
November 19, 2009 |
THANKSGIVING can't come soon enough. When the leaves start to change, and the city is cloaked in the sweet scent of fall, there are few things as comforting as the thought of gathering around the dining room table at Mom's house to argue about politics and football while we stuff our bellies. If the idea of waiting for Turkey Day makes you want to boycott the month of October, hop over to these classic Philly haunts for an inspired teaser. Your taste buds will thank you. Jones 700 Chestnut St. More Than Just Ice Cream 1119 Locust St. Here's your mission should you choose to accept it: Take your hands off the keyboard, push your chair away from your desk, stand up, grab your jacket and head to Center City.
November 8, 2009
I began at The Inquirer long ago covering the Pinelands, so I regard South Jersey's berry wines with both nostalgia and trepidation. Nostalgia, because I've seen few things more gorgeous than a flooded cranberry bog in fall harvest, its berry-covered waters glistening like a giant crimson mirror. Trepidation, because I all too vividly recall the tastebud trauma of my first sip of blueberry "champagne" at one of the wineries nearby. It was essentially grape rotgut injected with cloying berry syrup.