July 24, 2015 |
Let's say your spouse wants you to take a gaggle of kids to see Adam Sandler in "Pixels" this weekend, and let's say you don't want to. Let's say you'd rather be waterboarded. Let's say - because it's true - terrorists would rather be waterboarded than watch "Pixels" with a gaggle of kids. Now let's say you could watch "Pixels" and have a couple of ice cold beers while seated, as if you were at a ballgame. In fact let's say you could have five beers (or margaritas, or whatever)
July 24, 2015
It's really not so crazy, having a warm bowl of soup on a hot day. As chowders go, this is a light one, fragrant with thyme. To make this vegetarian, skip the bacon fat, and add an extra tablespoon of butter for sauteing the onion, seasoning it liberally with smoked Spanish paprika. Serve with a tomato-graced salad. Double Corn Summer Chowder 4 servings (makes about 101/2 cups) 5 cups water 5 or 6 medium ears corn 12 ounces small yellow creamer potatoes 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed 1 large onion 1 small bunch fresh thyme 4 ounces thick-cut bacon 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 tablespoons flour 2 cups half-and-half 1 teaspoon sugar Freshly ground black pepper 1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. 2. Meanwhile, shuck the corn and remove any silk, then cut off and reserve the kernels (to yield 4 cups)
July 10, 2015
This plump, juicy burger is my desire-driven answer to the nutritional call to limit the portion size of a piece of lean meat to a deck of cards. I found a way to make a burger both healthful and indulgent: Stuff it with a modest amount of lean meat and vegetables. You expand the size of the burger, so your eyes widen with excitement before you bite into it. Antipasto-Stuffed Turkey Burgers 4 servings For the burgers 3 tablespoons chopped roasted red peppers, drained and rinsed 3 tablespoons chopped marinated artichoke hearts 2 tablespoons chopped pitted green olives 3 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 11/4 pounds extra-lean or lean ground turkey breast 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the spread 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1. For the burgers: Toss together the peppers, artichokes, olives, and mozzarella in a bowl.
July 3, 2015 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On divorced people as social creatures: I'm a divorced mom to an elementary-age kid. I'm a social creature - love dinner parties, open houses, family pizza nights, neighbor barbecues, weekend trips. My life was full of this as part of a married couple. But as a "divorcee," I feel excluded from social plans. I usually get a call to get together only when someone's hubby is working late or away on business, or maybe for a moms'/girls' night.
June 17, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I am in a serious relationship with a divorced man, no children. I am having trouble getting over the fact that he's done everything before - proposed, watched his bride walk down the aisle, bought a house, etc. I know it's ridiculous, but why do I keep being bothered by it? I am in my mid-30s, so I have many divorced friends, and I think they all deserve a second chance at love. Can you please talk some sense into me?
May 24, 2015 |
The unofficial start of summer - Memorial Day - is this weekend, and because many of us have been hibernating all winter, it's time to start a lifestyle change to lose weight and feel your absolute best. To initiate behavior change for quick weight loss, I always encourage my clients to use the three P's: Plan, Purchase, and Prep. Plan : Choose the day most convenient for you and make it your "plan" day. That will be your day to write out what you will eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week.
May 1, 2015 |
Really, it's just a matter of semantics. We'll call the same four ingredients (bread, eggs, cheese, butter) "breakfast" or "dinner," depending on the hour at hand. And yet, somehow, when you're not in college, turning out an omelet past 4 p.m. feels like a small act of rebellion. For some of us, that's reason enough to go for it. But there are plenty of other great reasons to make the most important meal of the day at sundown. In their book Breakfast for Dinner (Quirk, 2013) bloggers Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth point out that, by definition, breakfast is comfort food, so whether it's pizza with an egg on it or shrimp and grits (both recipes in their book)
March 20, 2015 |
As I drove into the parking lot of Roberto Clemente Middle School in North Philadelphia to start my cooking classes there, my competition was staring me in the face: a giant Burger King sign. The restaurant is not even a minute's walk from the school. Trying to convince kids to cook healthy meals in a fast-food world is hard enough. But with Whoppers wooing them across the parking lot? There ought to be a law! If I needed confirmation that these students, like so many other American middle schoolers, were eating this junk, I got that pretty quickly: My five eighth-grade girls answered a questionnaire about what they eat for dinner and how often they eat fast food.
February 13, 2015 |
What's new Señor Salsa (1301 Old York Rd., Abington, 215-887-9600), a Mexican grill, has taken over the former Inn Flight/Timber building across from Abington Memorial Hospital. Owners Victor and Vicky Perez, partners in Las Margaritas in Northeast Philadelphia and Southampton (he's from Guadalajara), have a small bar, several colorful but low-lighted dining rooms, and a something-for-everyone menu. It's open daily for lunch and dinner. The Ambler-area location of the 24/7 Andy's Diner (900 N. Bethlehem Pike, Spring House)
January 19, 2015 |
Hello there The smoked salmon started it. A group of friends had dinner in Doylestown one spring evening in 1991. Somebody invited Lori, someone else invited Linda. Only the two of them wanted that particular appetizer, so they shared it, talking over the plate and enjoying their talk as much as the food. Lori had to leave after dinner - she had work early the next morning. Linda walked her to her car, and asked for her phone number. "We had so much in common," Linda said.