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.
January 15, 2015 |
Fancier than a suit blazer, yet lacking the formality of a tuxedo, the dinner jacket is back. But its millennial fit is tighter. And with elements borrowed from its laid-back, older brother the smoking jacket - velvety fabrications, shawl collars, satin trim and the occasional scarf as accessory - expect to see the jazzed-up menswear classic at both local charity balls and celebrity red carpets. It certainly held court with all things strapless and sweetheart at Sunday's Golden Globes.
December 19, 2014 |
The holiday season is a time when I want to impress friends and family with a special meal, but I don't want to miss all the fun and socializing and arrive at the table sweaty and exhausted. Since I want the meal to register a notch above a typical supper, I've learned it's best to plan a menu that can be prepared largely ahead of time, with a few quick trips to the kitchen during cocktail hour. Rich, indulgent ingredients like red meat, red wine, cream, and chocolate can make the simplest dishes taste extraordinary, and they're the perfect way to savor a celebratory meal during a cold, dark winter evening.
December 19, 2014 |
Chef Luke Palladino, who has built a mini-empire at the Jersey Shore, has just opened Palladino's , an East Passyunk Italian steak/seafooder, at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave. (267-928-4339). It features sexy banquette seating (beneath padded walls) and intimate black-lacquer table seating, as well as a roomy, 12-seat bar (with 18 seated at high-tops) that looks into an open kitchen. Designer Scott Eccard opted for a muted color palette, exposed ductwork, and a warm orange ceiling. Palladino's collection of original Fornasetti plates hangs on one wall.
December 1, 2014 |
Hello there In September 2011, Carl's employer, Pennoni Associates in Philadelphia, sent their new structural engineer to Harrisburg for a three-week PennDot course in bridge inspection. Kathy's Western Pennsylvania company, Northwest Engineering, sent her to the same place. One rainy morning, she walked to class from her hotel, did her best to shake off the damp, and saw a classmate sitting with his shoes off. "Did you walk here in the rain, too?" she asked in commiseration.