December 11, 2015 |
Not so long ago, the casserole was the MVP in the American dinner lineup, an easy and economical supper without fuss. Tuna noodle, chicken and rice, ground beef and macaroni, these were the staples of many childhood dinners. But in this generation, many children have no familiarity with this comfort-food genre. "All the kids were asking, 'What's a casserole?' " said Susan Munafo, a volunteer at after-school cooking class at William Loesche Elementary in Northeast Philadelphia.
December 4, 2015 |
PLANNING holiday baking? Then you're probably all too aware that many people (family members?) are ditching eggs for various reasons. For some it's allergies, for some the massive cholesterol, for others the massive cruelty, for still others the government/industry dirty tricks to squelch egg-free competition. And let's not forget the increased costs from bird flu, or the fact that a surprising number of folks just don't like the taste of eggs. Yet, eggless baking options have been less than perfect, with different substitutions for different functions.
November 6, 2015 |
Most American 8-year-olds are intimately acquainted with chicken fingers. That breaded-and-fried staple is "kid-friendly" at least in part because of its detachment from the actual chicken - there're no bones or skin or anything that calls a bird to mind. Some people believe bringing farm animals to the kids will actually make them better eaters and more informed food shoppers down the line. And the third graders at Friends School Haverford are more connected to chickens than most kids.
September 30, 2015 |
WE COULD be chicken-and-egging our way through the Sam Bradford debate forever, when the bottom line might be that the Eagles just haven't built a solid henhouse. Bradford was actually worse Sunday at the Jets than the previous week against Dallas, it's just that the offensive line was better, the defense forced four turnovers, and Darren Sproles ran a punt back for a touchdown. Watching live, my initial take was, "yeah, sure, he wasn't good, BUT . . . " There were drops.
September 5, 2015 |
An egg shortage has driven up prices at the supermarket, caused in part by an outbreak of avian flu in the Midwest. But health officials say there is no need to worry about the supply of certain eggs outside the kitchen: the ones used to grow and incubate flu vaccine for humans. Vaccine manufacturers get their eggs from chickens raised under heightened sanitary and biosafety measures not in place in the typical shed. "It's a totally separate supply," said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
August 26, 2015 |
THE MOTHER OF one of the three men accused of kidnapping and torturing a Jewelers Row employee in April testified yesterday at a bail hearing that her son was coloring Easter eggs on the day of the violent abduction. "He was with his baby mom, and they were home making eggs for Easter," testified Lolita Tucker. "That's what they were supposed to do. Dyeing eggs for Easter. " Tucker is the mother of Basil Buie, 23, one of the three men accused of kidnapping a then-53-year-old woman, who worked at the National Watch and Diamond Exchange store at 8th and Chestnut streets in Center City, on April 4 - the day before Easter Sunday.
August 10, 2015 |
The women drifted around the cloth-draped, candlelit tables, cradling glasses of wine and nibbling on cheese cubes. Some, in suits and heels, had arrived directly from work; others, in stylish workout gear, had already been to the gym. Their chatter muffled sounds of the trendy Rittenhouse Square restaurant downstairs. Then the PowerPoint image flashed up. "This is an egg," reproductive endocrinologist Maureen Kelly told the dozen women, now listening intently. The screen showed a human oocyte, the star of this unlikely happy hour on egg freezing for women who want children, but not right now. Sprouting up all over the country, such events have been praised for offering important information and criticized as marketing schemes targeting a vulnerable demographic, women all too aware of their ticking biological clocks.
August 3, 2015 |
Haddon Township may soon find out whether chickens make good neighbors. The densely developed Camden County suburb is considering a pilot program to allow up to 25 households to each raise up to four hens (no roosters allowed). Participants would have to obtain a $10 license and attend a chicken-raising class. Those who violate sanitary or other township regulations would risk fines of up to $1,250. An advisory board of five members, to be appointed by the township commission, would oversee the yearlong test; an ordinance to launch the program is set for a public hearing and a final vote Aug. 25. "The pilot is our chance to show the town their fears are unwarranted," says Gwenne Baile, a retired nurse and longtime advocate of backyard chickens.
July 7, 2015 |
EPHRATA, Pa. - Here in the heart of Lancaster County, where the Shell station proudly boasts "We have worms," and the dark rolling earth turns green with corn, soybean, or tobacco crops, the chicken egg is king. "We are the No. 1 county for egg production in the U.S.," says Paul Sauder, 64, a third-generation egg producer, who has seen the boom and bust times since he was a boy working with his grandfather selling eggs, chickens, and produce door-to-door in Philadelphia. "We have more chickens producing eggs in Lancaster County than in any other county in the United States.