February 26, 2016 |
Hairy, bumpy, and misshapen, root vegetables are hardly glamorous produce. But these kitchen workhorses are ideal for hearty meals, especially in the pre-green months. "When root vegetables are cooked well, they're naturally sweet and they can really hold their own as the center of the plate," says Jon Cichon, chef of Lacroix. The trick is to make them feel exciting. Often relegated to prepackaged soup kits or the forlorn corners of the supermarket shelf, the less familiar roots and tubers are nevertheless worth exploring.
February 21, 2016
2016 Hyundai Sonata: The Hybrid and the Turbo face off. Price: $29,885, as tested, including $125 for carpeted floor mats. A base model can be had for as low as $21,750. Hybrid was $35,765, but it was decked out with the Ultimate Package, which costs $4,500 and adds panoramic sunroof, all manner of self-driving features, and upgraded stereo. Marketer's pitch: "Make every day, less everyday. " Come on, folks, that comma should not be there. Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com appreciated the "lots of standard and optional features for the money; quiet and roomy interior; smooth ride complemented by comfortable seats; easy-to-use controls and touchscreen; solid build quality" but not the "disappointing performance from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine; relatively unrefined 2.4-liter engine.
November 26, 2015
This is one recipe you'll be grateful to have on a busy weeknight: It's made in one skillet in less than a half-hour; it provides a use for those often-discarded broccoli stalks; and it brings pure pleasure to the table. Herb-Rubbed Pork Chops With Warm Broccoli Slaw 4 servings 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage (may substitute 1 teaspoon dried sage) 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (may substitute 1 teaspoon dried rosemary) 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic (powder)
October 21, 2015 |
Is the Pennsylvania Ballet developing a Latin flavor? Since last year, fans of this 50-year-old institution have wondered what form the company would take under its new artistic director, Angel Corella. It's still early days, but the influence of Spain and of other Spanish-speaking nations is definitely on the rise. Meanwhile, the superstar dancer-turned-administrator-and-teacher already has fulfilled several of his promises. Corella has enlarged the company to 37 dancers, plus four apprentices.
September 11, 2015 |
PEOPLE WHO SAY they hate pumpkin beer remind me of people who say they never watch TV, as if they're too good for something so unsophisticated. They stick up their noses and piss all over the spicy brew because it's a gimmick, because it's crass, because they're oh-so-busy rereading War and Peace . So, as they repeat the same, tired criticism (You can't drink it in this kind of heat!), they're missing out on some pretty good entertainment. Well, put down the Tolstoy, Mr. Snoot, and tune into six things the pumpkin haters get wrong.
August 28, 2015 |
Vegan Latin flavors Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg, Charlie was a sinner.) has added the similarly vegan Bar Bombón , a Latin themes near her HipCityVeg flagship at 133 S. 18th St. (267-606-6612), the corner store across the alley from a.kitchen. Marquis and crew have not only created an Old San Juan-style, 10-seat barroom and 30-seat dining room out of the snug storefront but also sidewalk seating on the Moravian Street side. Menu includes Puerto Rican empanadas (from her mother's side)
July 17, 2015 |
Inside the sweltering heat of a greenhouse near the Jersey Shore, where the afternoon summer temperatures can hit 160 degrees, a bit of the Atlantic Ocean is rapidly transforming before our eyes into one of civilization's oldest treasures. "I'm literally swimming in salt," says Derrek Thomas, 43, leading us between the 2,000-gallon retention pools that line the new salt house he and his partner, chef Lucas Manteca, 38, built on Thomas' Windy Acres farm in Ocean View. "I can't get water fast enough.
May 25, 2015 |
Tiki's Restaurant on Waikiki Beach provides all that a visitor to Honolulu expects: a superb view of the setting sun melting into the Pacific, flaming tiki torches casting dancing shadows, fruity drinks served in coconuts. But a few delights are unexpected, such as entrées featuring locally sourced Kahuku corn and arugula, with organic herbs from the base of the nearby Ko'olau Mountains. Farm-to-table offerings in a tropical paradise? Agriculture and tourism have long been two of Hawaii's main industries, so it makes sense that "agritourism," which exposes visitors to the state's unique food culture, would follow.
May 10, 2015 |
It has been 21 years since North Carolina won its last NCAA men's lacrosse title. And if that is to change this spring, some local players will have to play a big part. The Tar Heels are seeded third overall. And when they begin pursuit of the national championship with a first-round game with Patriot Conference winner Cornell on Sunday, All-ACC selections Joey Sankey (Penn Charter) and Ryan Kilpatrick (Salesianum, Del.) will be key. The Tar Heels (12-3) are riding a two-game losing streak after winning 12 of their first 13 games.
April 3, 2015 |
On Easter Sunday, after the sugar crash from too much candy, dinner traditionally revolves around a big, glossy ham. It may look picture-perfect as a holiday centerpiece, but if that ham came from the supermarket, its origin story is probably not so pretty. Luckily, there are options in locally produced hams with backstories you can feel good about. Ember Crivellaro, who runs Country Time Farm in Berks County with her husband, Paul, wants those who buy her hams to know what kind of life the pigs had. Because pictures speak louder than words, she carries a small collection of photographs in her wallet.