April 16, 2013 |
Tara McConnell has taken simple stoneware and turned it into kitchen gear QVC shoppers can't seem to get enough of. As chief designer and president of Temp-tations L.L.C. in Exton, McConnell is on the shopping channel twice a week, demonstrating tried-and-true 9-by-7-inch baking dishes and 21/2-quart cow-figure bakers. "This is so stinking cute," she said on a recent broadcast with host Mary Beth Roe, the camera lingering on a hand-painted casserole set. Only about 10 minutes into an hour-long show, Roe said 600 shoppers had already placed orders for cow- and chicken-theme ceramics.
April 6, 2013 |
So there we stand, my husband and I, two presumably mature, rational people planted on either side of the dishwasher. We are not smiling. The issue at hand is how to prepare the dinner dishes for that appliance, a discussion that is decidedly not new in this kitchen. My husband believes that dishes need to be prewashed - one might even say "sanitized" - before they ever reach the racks. I, on the other hand, insist that dishwashers clean dishes and silverware better when they are not antiseptically clean.
March 21, 2013 |
KELSEY BEZILA likes to say she's been cooking with her father, Jim, ever since she could tell the difference between brown sugar and white sugar - probably when she was about 5. Now that she's in college, her spring-break visits to the family home in Mount Ephraim, N.J., include preparing the traditional Easter dishes of her father's childhood. (Easter is March 31.) While Kelsey never got to cook much with her paternal grandmother, Jim is making sure that the family recipes get passed down.
February 22, 2013 |
A GREAT MYSTERY lingers at the heart of "Silver Linings Playbook. " The mystery isn't whether Pat Solitano, played by Rydal-born, Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper, will ever find mental health. Nor is it whether Pat will get back with his ex, fall for the dancing girl down the street (Jennifer Lawrence, also Oscar-nominated), or reconcile with his Eagles-worshipping, OCD-suffering, gambler dad (Robert De Niro, another Oscar nominee). The riddle at the center of this flick, the conundrum that's confounded viewers nationwide, is: What in the Rocky Balboa are "crabby snacks and homemades"?
February 15, 2013 |
WHOOPI GOLDBERG lives on the comedic edge, whether it's on the stage, on set or in her swivel chair on "The View. " She doesn't shy away from the controversial - she welcomes it. Back in 1990, in "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Billy Connolly," Goldberg began a bit by singing, "Where have all the negroes gone?" She urged members of the audience to sing along with her and "follow the bouncing Negro!" Despite early hesitation, they did. "And they said y'all wouldn't do that!" she laughed.
February 8, 2013 |
Different tastes in movies? Good couples learn to disagree. Can't stand each other's music? That's what headphones are for. But if you two can't come together around common flavors at the dinner table - especially for a special meal - there's gonna be trouble in Romanceville. The pressure of Valentine's Day doesn't help, and I normally shy away from crowded restaurants in favor of something more intimate at home. But lately, a rising trend in "dishes for two" at local eateries has caught my eye as potential relationship-building material, not just on Feb. 14 but at any time of year.
February 8, 2013
WHAT DO the Walkman and iPod, the iPad tablet and now the new, second- generation Dish Hopper satellite receiver/recorder have in common? All are disruptive technologies that screw with the system, threaten the status quo. With its cunningly effective commercial-skip feature called Autohop, the Dish Hopper is a land mine waiting to explode, threatening the future of advertiser-supported network TV. No wonder broadcasters are trying their best...
February 4, 2013 |
The Hopper is either a multi-room DVR featuring a kangaroo mascot, partner units called "Joeys," and an innovative commercial-skipping function, or it's an existential threat to commercial broadcast television - the biggest since, well, the Betamax. Either way, you might want to pause the TiVO for a moment and consider what's behind this battle, which has been playing out in the courts for much of the last year and more recently in the court of public opinion. The Hopper was unveiled a year ago by Dish Network, the satellite service that's the nation's third-largest provider of multi-channel pay television.
January 23, 2013 |
The Florida socialite with Philly roots who inadvertently toppled a CIA director has finally spelled out her side of the story. Jill Kelley told Howard Kurtz of thedailybeast.com that she was threatened with blackmail, didn't know the threats came from a woman, never pressed charges, never swapped 30,000 e-mails with a general, and never asked for an $80 million fee to land a deal with South Korea. In November, just after the presidential election, David Petraeus, who rose to fame as commander of allied military forces in Afghanistan, resigned as CIA chief, amid allegations of an affair with biographer Paula Broadwell.
December 19, 2012 |
YOU THINK you're eating lots - or are gonna eat lots - this holiday season? Chances are, you ain't got nuthin' on the 28 diners who took part in a 10-hour, 40-dish feast at South Philly's Le Virtù Sunday. You read that right: 40 dishes. Four-oh. And 10 hours. One-oh. (Well, for some people. Not everyone who came and saw also conquered.) Here's how it went down. A little before 2 p.m. at the drizzly end of last weekend, many Philadelphians, some suburbanites, a few out-of-towners filed into the East Passyunk Avenue restaurant with empty stomachs, elastic waistbands and varying degrees of anticipation.