June 19, 2016 |
WHAT IT IS - Around here, it's usually called Italian ice - that sweet and cold concoction that can be as refreshing as bodysurfing in the ocean on a scorching summer day. Italian ice, sometimes just called water ice, is usually whipped into a slurry of fruit and ice, and then frozen solid. It comes in lollipop colors and flavors like lemon, watermelon, and cherry. In other parts of the country, like Hawaii and Florida, variations called shave ice and snow cones are a similar frozen dessert.
June 17, 2016
Makes 6 servings 21/4 pounds strawberries, hulled 1 cup granulated sugar 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise 2 strips of lemon peel 11/2 cups heavy cream 1/2 cup whole milk 4 medium egg yolks Equipment: Fine-mesh nylon sieve Ice cream maker Plastic freezer-safe container 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put the strawberries in an ovenproof ceramic dish or a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Toss with ¼ cup of the sugar and tuck one half of the vanilla bean and the lemon peels in with the berries.
April 11, 2016 |
Broad Street has been yarn-bombed! Perfect timing! With unseasonable snow in the forecast, the big concrete planters in front of the Merriam Theater are wearing sweaters, and the orange tulips are looking cozy as well as very pretty. It's a lovely installation created by University of the Arts students in conjunction with Knitting Peace , the first show of PIFA (Philadelphia Festival of the Arts) playing through Sunday at the Merriam Theater. The yarn-bombing UArts students are part of a remarkable interdisciplinary course.
March 11, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of March 8, 2016. Craig LaBan: I'm curious to hear updates from the Philly Chefs Conference at Drexel, for which Joy Manning wrote an excellent preview. A lot of big names this year, from Glenn Roberts (of Anson Mills) to pioneering food science author Harold McGee, not to mention Philly's own stars. Highlights? Reader: The conference was a great event for anybody that would like to open a restaurant. It gives you some great insight on what pitfalls to avoid when starting out. But I must say the best part were the lunch spreads: tacos from South Philly Barbacoa, burgers, ramen, I believe, from Kensington Quarters, and the wine, liquor, and beer tastings in the afternoon.
February 28, 2016 |
Thank God. Help is here. I know, you've been worried. You thought the world was going to hell in a handbasket. You thought nobody cared about the serious problems we face, women in particular. But you needn't have worried. Because now there is a neck and chest cream. Thank God, right? I saw the commercial on TV a few minutes ago, and I was like, they are talking to me. Specifically, my dry neck. Which the ad called "crepey. " Like Death. You would think we'd met!
February 12, 2016
Cheese or ice cream? Why not both? Can't decide between a cheese course and dessert for your Valentine's Day dinner? Here's a compromise. Weckerly's Ice Cream and Birchrun Hills Farm collaborated on limited-edition ice-cream sandwiches that are sweet, savory, and even a little funky. We liked the Fat Cat's Creamsicle: ice cream made with semi-soft Fat Cat cheese spread and blood orange balsamic marmalade, between two olive-oil shortbread cookies. - Samantha Melamed Fat Cat's Creamsicle ice cream sandwich, $4.99 each, available till Feb. 14 at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 215-665-9220.
January 15, 2016 |
When Fox's hit show Empire premiered in January 2015, Philly actor Clayton Prince said his friends called to congratulate him on selling his show, about a troubled Philadelphia family in the recording industry. "There were some people who thought I sold it and I didn't take them along with me," Prince, 50, said. "I was like, 'There was nothing to take along. I was taken! I did not sell it.' " On Friday, Prince - whose legal name is Clayton Prince Tanksley - filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that producer Lee Daniels stole the concept for Empire from Prince after he pitched his show to Daniels at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office's "Philly Pitch" in April 2008.
October 9, 2015 |
The Berkey Creamery at Pennsylvania State University was at full throttle on a recent Friday morning. The Nittany Lions were playing Rutgers the next day - the second of five home football games in a row, something that hasn't happened in nearly a century. That means an extraordinarily high demand for "Peachy Paterno," "Alumni Swirl," and other frozen flavors distinctive to the oldest collegiate creamery in the United States, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. On a usual day, the store serves 2,500 customers.
October 2, 2015 |
Over the Top, an occasional series in the Philadelphia Daily News, features local dishes that are so ridiculously delicious, so awesomely sinful, so, well, over-the-top, that they're worth obsessing over. Last weekend left many Philadelphians feeling quite virtuous. Time to fix all that, with a Salty Pimp ice-cream cone from South Street's Big Gay Ice Cream . Ever since the NYC-based biz opened its Philly store in late April, fans have been streaming in for cake cones drizzled with own-make dulce de leche, filled with 4.8 ounces of organic-cream vanilla soft serve that's injected with more dulce, sprinkled with sea salt, and dipped into an all-natural chocolate shell whose recipe includes a dash of deliciously burnt-tasting cayenne.