November 23, 2014 |
Who are the most important chefs in Philly? Some, like Keith Lucas and other cooks in the region's nonprofit kitchens, may not be names you've heard. But for thousands of Philadelphians suffering from AIDS, cancer, cardiac disease, or diabetes, Lucas - and the 15,000 free meals he oversees each week from the Center City kitchen at MANNA - is an essential lifeline to the nourishment and dignity of a proper supper. With 2,000 extra meals for Thanksgiving, Lucas, 53, a Chestnut Hill resident, paused to chat about a career cooking behind the scenes, his star turn on reality TV, and why hospital food is awful.
November 21, 2014 |
My Philadelphia childhood straddled two unlikely culinary traditions: the fertile fields of Lancaster County and Boston's briny North Shore. Maybe not so odd, after all. Both championed fresh, local ingredients that were unpretentiously prepared. Our food looked exactly like what it was, and it was delicious. Why ruin it with fancy stuff, even on holidays? From Mom's roots in Ephrata, Pa., came Cope's dried corn, crunchy coleslaw with hard-boiled eggs and cream, and - oh man, the desserts!
November 11, 2014 |
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Along a rural road where the sandy shoreline becomes loamy farmland as it moves up the narrow neck of the Cape May peninsula, the fourth-generation scion of a family with a long-standing tradition to work this land has come to be known simply as "the bread lady. " Over the last five years on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, beginning each spring and ending just before Thanksgiving, like clockwork a long line forms an hour before the red-roofed stand at Enfin Farm is set to open.
November 8, 2014 |
HARD TO BELIEVE that an item about an anaconda is leading Tattle and Nicki Minaj is nowhere to be found. But on Dec. 7, Discovery will air a show called "Eaten Alive," in which Paul Rosolie will be, uh, eaten alive by a snake. Well, he won't actually be eaten alive, since (spoiler alert) he will still be alive at the end of the show. Talk about a manwich. The Washington Post , which regularly deals with more snakes than perhaps any newspaper, reports that Rosolie accomplished the feat wearing a "custom-built snake-proof suit," covering himself in pig's blood to make himself appetizing.
November 8, 2014 |
When Paulette Myrick's husband died in 2010 of liver cancer after 32 years of marriage, she began looking for other ways to support herself, and came up with baking. She had grown up around her grandfather's bakery on 22d and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia and had developed an aptitude. On Wednesday night, she took one more step toward that goal: She finished a section of a Community College of Philadelphia course called "mobile food truck management. " "After all these years, I liked the fact that I could work for myself and not for anyone else," said Myrick, who earned a culinary arts degree from CCP in 2012 but still works as a housekeeper.
November 8, 2014 |
During the recession, discount grocery chains swarmed the Philadelphia area, hoping that smaller stores selling cheaper brands would lure hard-pressed Pennsylvanians from unionized chains like ShopRite and Acme . The Bottom Dollar chain admitted defeat Wednesday and said it would shut its 66 Pennsylvania stores - none more than five years old - leaving 2,200 workers facing unemployment. Rival Aldi , which is buying the stores for $15 million, won't say which sites would stay open.
November 4, 2014 |
This year's World Series was a real nail-biter, with the Kansas City Royals losing a dramatic Game 7 to San Francisco. But for Eric Foss, 56, chief executive of Aramark Corp., the real baseball triumph happened Sept. 16, when the Royals' top minor-league franchise, the Omaha Storm Chasers, won the Class AAA title. Foss is a part-owner of the Storm Chasers. "Obviously I'm a big sports fan," Foss said in Aramark's box at Lincoln Financial Field, where the food service giant handles catering.
November 1, 2014 |
Love of literature. Lust for food. The history of the Israeli Air Force. These are just some of the themes that will come together in the 34th annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, which will screen 16 feature films and seven shorts at area venues, including the Gershman Y and the National Museum of American Jewish History, from Saturday through Nov. 16. This year, there is a notable profusion of "personal stories about individuals who...
October 25, 2014 |
If elected governor, Tom Wolf plans to end the asset test, a measure that ties federal food stamp benefits to people's bank accounts and car ownership. The Democrat would also work to reestablish General Assistance (GA), which used to pay $205 a month to people who were both poor and disabled. Both moves would reverse initiatives by Gov. Corbett, who saw the asset test as a way to cut down on fraud and waste, and GA as an unnecessary institution from the 1930s whose elimination has saved the state $150 million a year.
October 17, 2014 |
Cookbook author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman was in town last week to promote his latest cookbook, How to Cook Everything Fast, (Houghton Mifflin). I interviewed him before a sold-out audience at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Here is a condensed version of our conversation. Question: You've evolved from writing recipes to writing about how food touches politics, the environment, and public health. Why? Answer: I became a recipe writer sort of by accident.