June 9, 2012 |
With Congress launching debate on a new farm bill, there's no better time for Pennsylvania's congressional delegation to bring some sizzle to a major reform affecting one of the state's biggest farming sectors. As the nation's third-largest egg producer, Pennsylvania has a major stake in a proposal introduced last week in the Senate — and already gathering sponsors in the House — that would improve living conditions for egg-laying chickens. Following the lead of several states, the federal push to gradually shift all U.S. farms to larger cages for more than 250 million hens crammed into spaces so tight they can't spread a wing has been getting bipartisan backing.
June 1, 2012 |
DON'T LOOK NOW but your next-door neighbors may be swappers. We're not talking swap as in swing, unless your idea of swinging involves habanero jelly. These swappers trade in edible goods — homemade, homegrown, home-brewed or even foraged currency — exchanging whatever they've brought to the table one-to-one for others' delicious treasures. Although bartering is nothing new — it's likely prehistoric cave dwellers traded jerked woolly mammoth meat for dodo eggs — there is a growing movement of passionate foodies intent on sharing the wealth.
May 24, 2012
1 dozen eggs 6 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish 5 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 1. Place the eggs in a pot of water. Bring water to a boil and then turn off heat. Let the eggs rest in the water for 15 minutes. 2. Peel the eggs and cut in half vertically. Remove the yolks and place in a bowl.
May 3, 2012 |
It's a beet, minus the root. Chard is a relative of the beet, but puts its energy into producing tender leaves and crunchy stalks instead of its root. Generally, any flavor that works well with spinach will partner with chard: butter, lemon, cream, garlic, shallots and vinaigrette. Try it in this easy quiche. Rainbow Chard, Bacon and Brie Quiche Makes 6 servings 1 prepared uncooked pie crust 8 ounces bacon, cut into small chunks 1 small yellow onion, diced 6 cups chopped rainbow chard (about ?
May 3, 2012
16 ounces fresh baby spinach or 1 (12-ounce) bag thawed frozen leaf spinach 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 onion, preferably Vidalia, finely chopped 6 ounces mixed mushrooms (such as cremini, chanterelle, morel, shitakes, white button) thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped 1/3 cup heavy cream 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 large eggs 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano chees (?
April 26, 2012 |
Much as I love a big, beefy steak on the grill, sometimes I need something lighter. My new favorite is cauliflower — sliced into two thick "steaks. " In this recipe, I've topped them with poached eggs and truffle oil, creating a delicious sauce. Grilled Cauliflower Steaks With Poached Eggs and Truffle Oil Makes 2 servings 1 large head cauliflower Olive oil Salt, ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tablespoon vinegar 2 eggs Truffle oil (or truffle-flavored olive oil)
April 13, 2012 |
Live chickens sharing cages with mummified remains of dead birds. Thousands of chickens dead of dehydration thanks to a water source malfunctioning. A carpet of dead flies so dark that workers in a poultry house needed headlamps to see. Those were some of the things the Humane Society of the United States says its undercover investigation found at a large Lancaster County farm that supplies eggs to ShopRite and other stores. The Humane Society said the conditions its investigator found and videotaped at Kreider Farms in Manheim evidenced the need for a federal law governing treatment of hens in commercial farms.
March 29, 2012 |
This classic pairing of asparagus and poached egg is such a lovely weeknight dinner, especially as a herald to spring. It's not something I would make on a weeknight for the kids, I will confess, too challenging to poach all those eggs. But it is perfect supper for one or two. Though it is a few steps, the results are well worth the effort. This recipe, from Jane Hornby's newest offering, Fresh & Easy: What to Cook & How to Cook It, adds a sauce of balsamic vinegar and butter to the asparagus, for a spot-on finishing touch.
March 25, 2012 |
An Egg Harbor Township police officer had to be rescued using the Jaws of Life on Saturday after his patrol car collided with a Volvo station wagon that appeared to have crossed the double yellow line on a two-lane highway in the township's Bargaintown section. Egg Harbor police said Patrolman Ed Bertino, 35, a nine-year veteran of the force, was traveling south on Spruce Avenue near Ninth Avenue when his 2006 Ford was struck and pinned against a guardrail by a 1989 Volvo being driven northbound on Spruce by Alexandro Doukopoulos, 18, of Linwood.