April 22, 2015 |
Hold a dead octopus up to a room full of elementary school students and the reaction is almost certainly a resounding "eww. " Trying to convince the students that the slimy, tentacled creature is, in fact, a healthy source of protein is no easy chore after moans of disgust, but this was the task at hand Monday at Springville Elementary School in Mount Laurel. Students from the K-4 school gathered in Springville's cafeteria to watch as Ian Knox, executive chef at Blair House in Washington, and representatives from Samuels & Son Seafood Co., a national wholesale company founded in Philadelphia, and Whole Foods stressed the importance of healthy eating with cooking demonstrations and prizes.
February 27, 2015 |
Eating fish on Fridays is a longstanding tradition in Catholic households worldwide dating back to the first century of the modern era. Why abstain from meat? Why on Friday? Why during Lent? Meat once was for celebrations and feasting. Early Christians abstained from eating meat on Friday as a kind of sacrifice and reminder that acknowledged the death of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday. This still holds true today in the Catholic Church, but only on Ash Wednesday, and Fridays during Lent.
February 6, 2015
HAVE YOU heard? Science shows that, contrary to popular thinking, fish is not a vegetable. Many so-called vegetarians harbor that fluid dietary ethic. I include my own 15 years as a so-called vegetarian, when I celebrated the occasional birthday or holiday with shrimp or New England clam chowder because, come on, "It's just seafood!" But serious science has established a couple of other facts. One is that ocean drift nets grab a huge amount of "bycatch" - nontargeted animals that die just the same.
January 26, 2015 |
"Let's head back to Montana next summer," said my fly-fishing buddy Tom. We had spent a week the previous summer on the beautiful Madison River, and in nearby Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, with our good friend Jim. While not catching a ton of fish, we had a fly fisherman's dream week. "I'm in. Let me talk to Jim," I responded, with visions of 20-inch trout rising to my dry fly filling my head. Jim said yes immediately, and to make the idea more palatable on the home front, we decided to ask our wives to go along.
January 24, 2015 |
Learn about winter's effects on Schuylkill aquatic life at the Fairmount Water Works during this week's Science Saturdays program, "Fish: Playing it Cool in Winter. " From 2 to 4 p.m., you'll learn about the lifestyles of aquatic cold-blooded species and how they survive in the Schuylkill during the cold months. Also find out the physical differences between cold and hot water, and how they affect water creatures. Plus, you can make a fish to take home. Science Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m. at Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Dr. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
October 23, 2014 |
The Eagles reunited on Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex after a week away from work. During the bye week, they scattered from one end of the country to the other. They went back home to visit family and friends. They went hunting and fishing. They returned to their high schools or colleges to see how things were going. They sat their aching bodies down and put their feet up. They did a lot, and they did nothing. The coaches mostly scattered, too, but Chip Kelly stayed around to evaluate what has happened so far this season and to get a jump on planning for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
October 12, 2014 |
A University of Pennsylvania professor who studies psychopaths has found hope for improving human behavior in a surprising place: fish oil. A new study led by Adrian Raine, a psychologist in Penn's criminology department, found giving children a fruit drink mixed with omega-3 fatty acids - a key ingredient in fish oil - improved their behavior. Strangely, the behavior of parents also improved, even though they weren't taking the supplements. More on that later. Raine's ultimate goal is ambitious: to reduce crime.
October 7, 2014 |
FRANK CRAWLEY was popular in his Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood for a couple of reasons. Mostly, he was a friendly, helpful guy who would sit outside his home on Angora Terrace near 58th Street and greet passing neighbors who would often stop and chat. They knew that Frank was not only a pleasure to be with, but that he would be there for them if they ever needed any kind of help. He was a very neighborly neighbor. And then there were the fish. Frank and some of his buddies seemed to have a natural talent for bringing in the fish, whether from the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Ocean.
July 17, 2014 |
A government researcher who has studied intersex fish in the Potomac River now has found them in three Pennsylvania river basins, including the Delaware. The fish - males that develop immature eggs and other signs of feminization - are considered symptomatic of estrogenic chemicals in the water. Their discovery in the state indicates that effects of hormones and hormone-like compounds are more widespread than thought. The mutant fish could bespeak a deeper crisis, said Vicki Blazer, a U.S. Geological Survey fish biologist who conducted the Pennsylvania study.
July 11, 2014 |
Paul Greenberg's commitment to local seafood runs deep - so deep that the Manhattan-based writer once slurped down an oyster he'd plucked from the muck of New York Harbor, eliciting a gasp from a city official standing nearby. But the author of the newly released American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood (Penguin) is aware there's a tidal wave of forces working against him. Today, 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad, even as a third of the domestic catch is shipped overseas.