September 27, 2015 |
Starting with a debate years ago over whether knives and forks should face up or down in the silverware basket, dishwashers have been an integral part of this column. Case in point: I reported a few weeks back about appliance manufacturers' opposition to proposed federal standards requiring that dishwashers' energy use be cut by 24 percent and water use by 38 percent, leaving 3.1 gallons of water to clean an entire load of dishes in a normal wash cycle. I added a link to the proposed rules, so you could make up your own minds.
August 9, 2015 |
How many of you rinse off dishes first before putting them in the dishwasher? Since, to get out of cooking, I take care of cleaning up and that involves loading the dishwasher, I am a rinser. When I don't do it, any stray fleck of cheese is melted on the surface of the plates, requiring additional surface blasting to get the dishes clean. If you listen to the Home Appliance Manufacturers Association, the latest Department of Energy regulations to reduce dishwashers' water and energy consumption will have you washing dishes by hand to get them clean.
July 3, 2015 |
On the third Saturday of the month, about 200 Southern Californians trek to a San Diego farm just north of the Mexican border for what might be the country's biggest monthly potluck. In Nashville, it's the third Thursday when residents from all parts of the city come together to share dishes they've prepared, preferably using ingredients from their own gardens. Then there's the annual summer food bloggers' potluck in upper Bucks County that has become such a major event that it draws sponsorship from prominent food corporations.
April 17, 2015 |
Everything in Laurel restaurant is chosen with precise care by chef and owner Nick Elmi. The wall sconces, of mottled brown iron and imperfect glass, were made by sous chef Eddie Konrad. Elmi built each piece of the rustic furniture and painted all the walls a creamy almond. One of the servers provides the fresh flowers that adorn each table. While the porcelain dinner plates weren't made by the staff, they were made especially for the Passyunk Avenue restaurant to Elmi's exacting specifications by a local ceramics studio, Felt+Fat . There's something about knowing the wares were made "just for us," Elmi said, turning a plate over and running his fingers across the Laurel engraved in the porcelain.
April 2, 2015 |
Doug Oliver, the youngest Democratic contender for mayor, got the biggest cheers at a forum planned and executed Tuesday by Central High School students. Melissa Murray Bailey, the lone Republican candidate, won applause when she said one-party rule had gone on for too long in Philadelphia. And Nelson Diaz, who told the audience of 12th graders they were the most important people on his schedule, surprised the audience when he said his favorite pop star was Jennifer Lopez. On policy answers, the candidates hewed to more familiar answers: Jim Kenney wants universal prekindergarten.
March 4, 2015 |
PEOPLE still yack about what a good pitchman Steve Jobs was for Apple. But when it comes to serving the sizzle as well as the steak in consumer-tech presentations, nobody's ever gonna match Joe Clayton, a 40-year industry exec finally cashing in his chips at age 65, "so I have time to take my new grandson hunting and fishing. " Damn, I'm gonna miss this guy. A few weeks ago, this outgoing president/CEO of Dish Network stole the spotlight at the giant CES electronics show in Las Vegas with a news conference entrance like we'd never seen before.
February 6, 2015 |
The Philly pizza wheel keeps turning as a new oven fires up seemingly each week. But not all the best new pies are round. Gene Giuffi, abandoning the food-cost headaches of his meat-centric Blue Belly BBQ, has decided to go for dough and return to his native Bensonhurst roots with Square Pie. Brooklyn's L&B Spumoni Gardens is the inspiration for Giuffi's deep-dish creations at this tiny corner nook. And while the inch-thick squares are the hearty antithesis of those popular paper-thin Neapolitans, Giuffi's dough is full of handcrafted character.
February 4, 2015 |
NOBODY does disruptive TV tech like Dish, razzing pay-TV rivals with stunts - the "all commercials" Super Bowl playback option, or cutting-edge Sling TV - that challenge the status quo to attract viewers. AutoHop This : Last-yard touchdown steals and Katy Perry roars aside, the post-Super Bowl buzz yesterday was just as loud for the commercials. If you're a Dish customer who missed that Fiat on Viagra or Jeff Bridges' "Om" spots, click the "AutoHop" option on a Dish Hopper satellite TV receiver to see what all the fuss is about.
January 18, 2015 |
"Remembering"? After the Whitney Houston biopic Whitney airs Saturday night on Lifetime, Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney , will air, allowing Brown, with the exquisite sense of timing that has made him a household name, to dump more garbage on the memory of his onetime wife. "There was infidelity in the marriage, yes, on both parts," he says. "Both of us cheated on each other - period. So that's hard to swallow for both of us. " Theirs was one of the most celebrated, and longest-running, troubled marriages in pop history, from 1992 to 2007.
January 8, 2015 |
Analysts say the new $20-a-month Dish Network streaming service is surprisingly robust with live sports - with ESPN and ESPN2, in addition to TNT and TBS - and is targeted at young adults and cost-conscious consumers. But it's not a slam dunk in taking millions of customers away from providers such as Comcast Corp. Comcast itself has experimented with new services aimed primarily at millennials, who have been reluctant to subscribe to traditional TV services. "Everyone is trying new bundles to attract a variety of customer segments.