April 13, 2013 |
When Cara Graver was growing up in Malvern, that part of the world was a lot more countrified and backyard chickens were definitely not considered divas. "They lived in a concrete block building, nothing fancy," says Graver, 66, a potter who had a similarly boring coop at her wooded home in Chester Springs, Chester County - until 2011, when you might say opportunity fell. A tree crashed on top of the old chicken house, and Graver lost no time replacing it with a round, adobelike coop that looks like it belongs in the desert or a glossy magazine.
April 12, 2013 |
Maliyah Gregg's eyes lit up when she spied a package of bacon on the counter for cooking class in the convent kitchen at St. Martin De Porres in North Philadelphia. And then she saw the spinach. "Can I eat just the bacon? Please? Just the bacon and a boiled egg. It will be like breakfast. Please?" After four weeks of cooking lessons, I had gotten the message loud and clear from Maliyah and the other 5th and 6th grade girls: We want meat! While many people are eating less meat and trying to center meals around other proteins for health and environmental reasons, these girls are not quite buying in. I heard the same chorus from my own two boys when I tried meatless family dinners when they were growing up. For them, it just didn't feel like dinner without meat.
April 10, 2013 |
The Egg Harbor Township softball team was two outs away from defeat on Tuesday afternoon when its bats suddenly came alive. The Eagles strung together five hits to score four runs and rally for an 8-5 victory at Mainland in a Cape-Atlantic American softball game. Jess Wollowitch led off the inning with a double. After an out, Kate Korte, Macy Stratten, Zoe Robertson, Irvin Hunter, and Nicole Wisser had consecutive hits. Also in Cape-Atlantic American play: Vineland scored three runs in the top of the eighth to win at Hammonton, 4-2. Bridgette Garvey went 3 for 4 with a run scored and a double.
April 8, 2013 |
SUNDAY was Easter for most Christians in Philadelphia, but at Eastern Orthodox churches it was the second Sunday of Lent. At congregations like St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral in Northeast Philly, Easter falls on May 5. To outsiders, these out-of-sync Easters are probably what the Orthodox church is best known for - that and red Easter eggs. We asked Father Victor Gorodenchuk to tell us more about the Orthodox faith and his historical parish. (They used to be in Northern Liberties, before it was cool.)
April 4, 2013
Cedar Park Cafe was a pillar to those around 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia, with hearty, budget-priced breakfasts and lunches and cheery service. But a Christmas Eve fire forced it out of Cedar Park. Last month, it resurfaced with the same food and the same name in lovely, more spacious quarters near the Overbrook train station. Pay particular attention to the fluffy, veggie egg-white omelets ($6.95). - Michael Klein Cedar Park Cafe, 2035 N. 63d St., 267-292-2715.
April 2, 2013 |
When the red-tailed hawk laid her first egg last Monday, birders knew they were in for an Easter egg treat. In each of the last four springs, the hawk, known as a formel haggard but called "Mom" by her fans, laid three eggs three days apart. If the pattern continued, Monday's egg would be followed by a second on Thursday, which it was. And as hawk watchers monitored a webcam feed streamed online by the Franklin Institute, they saw a third egg appear Sunday morning. "You can see things happen that you're not really supposed to see, because normally these nests are at the top of pine trees or at the top of cliffs," said Della Micah, a self-described hawk fanatic.
April 1, 2013 |
When the mother red-tailed hawk laid her first egg last Monday, birdwatchers knew they were in for an Easter egg treat. Each of the past four springs, the hawk, known as a formel haggard but called "Mom" by her fans, laid three eggs, three days apart. If the pattern continued, Monday's egg would be followed by a second on Thursday - which indeed came. And as hawk watchers monitored a webcam feed streamed online by the Franklin Institute, they saw a third egg appear Sunday morning.
March 30, 2013 |
Kingsway Church in Cherry Hill used to host a modest Easter egg hunt, by Pastor Bryon White's standards: about 3,000 eggs, and 400 children and parents. White, however, had been harboring greater ambitions. "I kind of had this grand vision of 25,000 eggs," he said. When he shared his idea with staff at the Assembly of God church before last Easter, "people looked at me like I was insane," White said. He now presides over what he believes to be Cherry Hill's largest egg hunt.
March 30, 2013 |
Ever see a predator commit suicide? In a video captured at Duke Farms, a Central Jersey estate turned environmental center, a red-tailed hawk dares to fly at a bald eagles' nest where eggs were about to hatch. In a major miscalculation, the hawk fails to see an eagle sitting on the nest and looking directly at it , or, cocky from triumphing over mice and little bunnies, thinks it's super-sneaky-fast or king of any beak-and-claw fight. Four seconds into the video, the hawk appears.
March 29, 2013 |
Mariah Bey was the first to arrive in the kitchen for our third cooking lesson. "Hellooooo," she crooned, throwing her arms wide open to announce herself. "What are we cooking today?" "Omelets," I said. "And you get to decide what to put in. I have lots of choices: mushrooms, peppers, greens, cheese, tomatoes. And we're also going to dye eggs for Easter. " "We're going to dye eggs!" she cried, her eyes filling with excitement. "This is the best cooking class ever!" I've been cooking once a week with fifth- and sixth-grade girls from St. Martin de Porres school in North Philadelphia, with the goal of improving not only their culinary skills but also their nutrition with easy meals they can make themselves.