October 21, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My son is in fourth grade, and for the last five years, I've happily agreed to bring treats to class celebrations when my turn has rolled around, as I'm an avid home baker. The last time I took decorated cupcakes in, my son's principal took me aside and asked me to bring in "less-elaborate" treats, as it was making the other parents feel bad about their own baking skills. I couldn't believe it. Are the parents really thinking that because they can't stuff a cupcake with chocolate ganache, their kids shouldn't see pretty cupcakes ever?
April 7, 2011
OK, so Mayor Nutter didn't take any of the gift ideas to keep Commissioner Charles Ramsey that we suggested in yesterday's paper. Nutter came up with his own clever gifts, including: A baseball signed by all of the Phillies' starting pitchers - Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton. A box of cupcakes, which Nutter presented to Ramsey after Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel reportedly sent Ramsey's wife flowers. "They were chocolate," Ramsey said yesterday while sporting a wide grin.
March 7, 2014
What to eat : As far as we can tell, Sweet Box makes some of the best cupcakes in Philly: orange Creamsicle, chocolate peanut butter, thin mint, strawberries and champagne, chocolate Guinness Stout with whiskey filling and Baileys Irish Cream frosting, espresso hazelnut praline, bacon maple, beer infused, cayenne cinnamon. All served up by the lovely - yet extremely hardworking - Gretchen Fantini. If she doesn't make a flavor you like, your taste buds are on the fritz. Trust us. Don't miss: Based on the amount of strawberries Fantini purees, she believes her strawberries-and-champagne cupcakes are a best-seller.
April 18, 2015 |
Amazing animal sculptures made from recycled material will be on display at the Philadelphia Zoo through Oct. 31. "Second Nature" features works by 12 artists from around the globe (including some from Philly) using recycled and repurposed materials, like a pink eight-foot crocodile made entirely of chewing gum. Philly artist Leo Sewell shows off his 175-pound rhinoceros sculpted from 250 silver serving trays collected from scrap piles, junk sales, and curbsides. Sculptures range from bunnies and gorillas to flowers made from a car hood.
July 20, 2014 |
The "Bet" had all the elements of a wager made among titans who swagger with confidence that their towns are the best. OK, it actually was about encouraging residents of all ages to exercise. But that's just fine when the payoff is so sweet. And, oh, how sweet was this week's payoff. In April, Ambler Mayor Jeanne Sorg said, she invited Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley and Narberth Mayor Tom Grady to publicize Montgomery County's Senior Games - an annual competition promoting an active lifestyle for older residents - by making a friendly bet. It wasn't on which of their towns would score the most medals at the games, which were held in May with events ranging from basketball foul-shooting to a 400-yard freestyle swim to doubles pickleball, which combines elements of tennis, badminton, and Ping-Pong.
July 5, 2007
EVERYTHING RACHAEL RAY Everything Rachael Ray is devoted to the Food Network chef, talk-show host and cookbook. It has news, upcoming shows, ratings, clips, appearances and recipes. There's an RR timeline and an RR forum. There's even an RR "store. " You would think that anyone who devoted so much time to Everything Rachael Ray would be in need of a life - if not a diet or professional help. But Madeline Miller, 29, is delightfully normal and engaging. She's tall, thin, with shoulder-length blond hair and a professional appearance.
March 23, 2006 |
Miss Seeley's 19 first graders at Lionville Elementary School celebrated spring with a classroom party. A table was laid with a spread befitting the "Be Green, Think Spring" theme. But the fare looked, and tasted, nothing like customary kid treats. There were no frosted-to-the-heavens cupcakes, staple of the grammar school bacchanal. Not one cookie. No Doritos. No, not even a brownie. Here were broccoli florets and cucumber rounds, green beans and baby spinach leaves, kiwi slices, and guacamole chips.
April 7, 2009 |
1970s PINUP QUEEN Farrah Fawcett (TV's "Charlie's Angels") is being treated for anal cancer that has spread to her liver, and has been hospitalized for a complication from a routine treatment, her specialist, Dr. Lawrence Piro, said yesterday. Producer Craig Nevius,Fawcett's friend and colleague, said she's in L.A. recovering from complications from a medical procedure in Germany. "That procedure led to a small amount of bleeding into a muscle in her abdominal wall," which created a hematoma - a sac of blood that caused pressure and pain, said Piro.
August 11, 1993 |
Keebler Raisin' Ruckus Chewy Oatmeal Cookies. Plump raisins and chocolate- covered raisins. $2.99 per 16-ounce bag. Bonnie: Nutritionally, these new oatmeal cookies from Keebler are moderately high in fat with 6 grams and 140 calories for two cookies. That's about the same as in two Sunshine Vienna Fingers, Nabisco Nutter Butter Sandwiches or Stella d'Oro Swiss Fudge cookies. Oatmeal-raisin cookies from Barbara's Bakery, Archway and Nabisco's SnackWell line all have less. The most interesting thing about these new cookies is the idea of mixing chocolate-covered raisins in with oatmeal batter.
January 2, 2005 |
A baby seat, a tuba case, and about three dozen suitcases were all that remained yesterday from the Christmas baggage backup at US Airways terminals at Philadelphia International Airport as travelers moved through with relative ease. The holdups were fairly typical - at security checkpoints and parking garages - but not by the baggage carousels. "We've had no trouble. It's just been a beautiful flight. My husband's bag was the first one off" the chute, said Ree Walker of Malvern, who was returning from a family vacation in Orlando, Fla. She did recall what it was like when they left on Christmas morning.