October 16, 2015
Wilbur Olin Atwater, considered to be the godfather of food science in this country, thinks "well-to-do" Americans have too much fat, too much sugar and not nearly enough physical activity. The many modern conveniences of the food supply have rendered the population unhealthy; we'd all do much better with a more reasonably balanced diet and regular rigorous exercise, the doctor and researcher concluded. He drew that conclusion in 1890. So, maybe our kinship with lousy-for-you foods and the associated laziness hasn't evolved all that much over the past 125 years.
November 21, 2014 |
THE FOURTH annual Harvest on Henry event last month was no pie-in-the-sky venture. It raised $13,000 to support the educational agricultural opportunities at Henry Got Crops CSA, a community-supported agriculture partnership between Saul High School, Weavers Way Food Co-op, Weavers Way Community Programs and Fairmount Park. The daylong festival gave Saul students a chance to interact with the public and featured farm-inspired activities, such as hay rides, pumpkin crafts and - to show off students' cooking skills - a pie-baking contest.
January 2, 2014 |
The party was over hours ago. The lipstick-stained glasses are still in the sink. And oops! You forgot to pump the air out of that bottle of pinot noir, now growing funkier by the minute on your kitchen counter. Fear not. Scientists from Pennsylvania State University are on the case. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they described using compounds called chelators to prevent wine from going bad. It was just a laboratory study, and the chelators are not something that will be approved for use by your local vineyard or wine bar anytime soon.
March 17, 2013 |
I'm certain Sarah Palin spoke for many when she tweeted upon hearing the news that a New York judge had prevented implementation of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to regulate sugary drinks: "Victory in NYC for liberty-loving soda drinkers. To politicians with too much time on their hands we say: Govt, stay out of my refrigerator!" No doubt those "liberty lovers" view dietary habits as a matter of free will and personal responsibility. If only things were so simple. There's no question that most of us can do something about our weight.
January 25, 2013 |
It didn't take long for chicken nuggets, the go-to protein for many American children, to come up in conversation when Eli Kulp and the staff of Fork were brainstorming snack ideas for the bar menu at the Market Street restaurant. "Chicken nuggets have all-American roots," says Kulp, the executive chef of the Old City restaurant. That means they're appropriate fodder for Fork, where the challenge is "taking familiar food and presenting it in new ways or shedding new light on it," Kulp says.
August 16, 2012 |
Southwest Philadelphia resident Mona West has a simple strategy for combatting rising food prices. "I buy less," she said. West's friend Gail Glenn of Pine Hill, N.J., has a different approach: "Just stomach it. You have to eat. " The two reacted this week to the prospect of higher food prices next year because of the severe drought searing the Midwest grain belt. The forecast for this year's harvest of U.S. field corn - not the sort bought at farm stands to eat off the cob - is down 27 percent from earlier this season because of weather that has scorched more of the nation's farmland than any other drought in the last 50 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
October 31, 2010 |
For the Yardley old-timers who've known this riverside luncheonette for nearly four decades as Charcoal Steaks n' Things, a go-to diner for pit-grilled burgers, turkey clubs, and Western omelets, the breakfast and lunch menus are still "safe. " After all, owner Anton "Tony" Plescha, who took two years to rebuild this institution (now elevated 10 feet above ground) after a devastating Delaware River flood in 2006, still happily mans the a.m. griddle. But when the dinner hour arrives and Plescha's executive-chef sons, Mark, 28, and Eric, 26, take over, the BYOB now known simply as Charcoal morphs into a kitchen of ultramodern ambition heretofore unexpected in this quaint Bucks County borough.
August 2, 2009 |
Forget what your parents said. It's OK to play with your food. In fact, it pays good money. That lesson - along with why Limburger cheese smells like feet (same type of bacteria), how long it takes to wash hands properly (15 to 20 seconds), and how to get students into an important but often overlooked science - was among those learned by elementary and high school teachers at Gloucester County College's summer workshop series on food science, which will wrap up Tuesday. Not food service.
August 2, 2009 |
Forget what your parents said. It's OK to play with your food. In fact, it pays good money. That lesson - along with why Limburger cheese smells like feet (same type of bacteria), how long it takes to wash hands properly (15 to 20 seconds), and how to get students into an important but often overlooked science - was among those learned by elementary and high school teachers at Gloucester County College's summer workshop series on food science, which will wrap up Tuesday. Not food service . Not consumer science, also known as home economics.
January 14, 2001 |
Among the cans of Campbell's tomato soup, boxes of Mueller's lasagne noodles, Multi-Grain Cheerios and other staples in Sharon K. Gerdes' pantry sat Instant Tender Jel-C, high-oil cinnamon and Dimodan ESK. The industrial starch, spice and emulsifier are ingredients of Gerdes' industry. As a food scientist, she is called upon to troubleshoot ailments, and she has worked on SnackWell's low-fat blueberry muffins, cholesterol-free, low-fat cakes for the Harry and David gift-food company and Nutri/System's buttermilk-pancake mix. The 48-year-old runs a one-woman food-technology consulting firm that helps companies copy competitors' products and improve their recipes.