May 23, 2016 |
I'm being gaslighted by my refrigerator. For months, I'd been suspicious of my freezer; specifically, that it's thawing and refreezing my food. A bag of frozen peas, once loose and flexible, is transmuted into a solid block of bumpy ice by the time I go to cook them. No matter how many times I've sneaked "just a spoonful" from a pint of ice cream - yes, living-alone rules - the ice cream's surface will be rendered smooth and flat, the evidence of my nibbling erased. "Maybe I didn't break my diet, after all," I'd say to myself the next night I opened the container.
September 4, 2015 |
No one has assigned chores at our Shore house. We've all adopted tasks that suit us: Andi Coyle is in charge of logistics. Jane Koehler takes lunch orders. Betty Garvin clears the table. I make tea. Not the drink but the meal. It started three years ago, after many annual holiday high teas at fancy Philadelphia hotels. My friends and I - all current or former figure skaters - loved the tiered trays of finger sandwiches and cakes, the fancy dishes, clothes, and manners. "We should do this again another time of the year," I said, suggesting a summer outing at the Jersey Shore, where nine of us rent a house every August in Ocean City.
June 16, 2015 |
A RIVER ROSE up from beneath 52nd Street in West Philly yesterday morning and rushed down in the dark toward Wyalusing Avenue, where it plunged into the basement of a dive bar, swamped both of Robert Johnson's rides to work, and came to rest at the front steps of Alma Cummings' rowhouse on Paxon Street. No one was killed or injured when the massive, 130-year-old water-transmission line burst on 52nd Street near Pennsgrove Street, but 8 to 10 million gallons can ruin a Sunday in a hundred different ways, and the ripples of inconveniences could already be felt after the waters receded, locals said.
October 21, 2014 |
A DELCO Chickie's and Pete's was pinched and some employees were nearly frozen yesterday as two gunmen stormed the kitchen looking for more than crab fries. The masked gunmen, described by Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood as "urban terrorists," entered the popular sports bar and eatery on West Township Line Road about 9:45 a.m. yesterday. They found a manager there and forced her to open a safe and hand over her diamond engagement ring, making off with about $16,000 in cash.
May 10, 2013
1 The quoted repair cost is at least half the price of a replacement, Consumer Reports says. Tellingly, the publication only insists on repairs as "first option" on refrigerators less than 7 years old. 2 The motor is running continuously, a sign that the seals aren't holding or the compressor can't make the compartment cold enough. 3 The food isn't staying fresh, or frozen foods feel mushy even after the temperature setting is lowered. Ideally, a fridge should hold at 0 degrees in the freezer, 37 in the refrigerator.
May 10, 2013
IT'S NOT EASY to pull the plug on a household appliance. In my childhood, we had a Kelvinator refrigerator that was part of the family for 20 years. At least. Wasn't fancy, ran noisy but was reliable as hell. It's probably still running somewhere. So excuse Gizmo Guy for hesitating when a repair man told me that my 15-year-old, 25-cubic-foot Frigidaire Gallery side-by-side was "overdue for replacement. " The water and ice dispenser was leaking - the most vulnerable element of any refrigerator and good reason to invest in a warranty.
December 7, 2012 |
With so many holiday-related tasks to manage - shopping, wrapping, baking, (cleaning and) decorating, partying, and making travel plans, all on top of that other little thing known as work - the prospect of actually entertaining guests can feel overwhelming. Like it or not, though, family is on the way and the clock is ticking. What's a well-meaning but frazzled host to do? Open your home to loved ones, yes, but also know your limits. Give yourself a break by planning meals that can be made ahead and frozen until needed.
August 24, 2012 |
COPS WHO ENTERED a Camden house in the dark early Wednesday came upon a scene of unspeakable horror: the headless body of a 2-year-old boy in a pool of blood. The horror was compounded when the boy's mother, Chevonne Thomas, 33, killed herself with a knife thrust into her neck, authorities said. And then the little boy's head was found in a freezer. Cops arrived at the house on Kaighns Avenue near Baird about 12:30 a.m. after a call from a woman who said that her child, Zahree Thomas, had been stabbed, police said.
April 12, 2012 |
1 cup (2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, plus additional for greasing the dish 2¼ cups (12.5 ounces) all- purpose flour, plus additional to flour the counter and the dish 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar ½ teaspoon salt 1. Cut the butter into small squares and combine with the flour in a stand-mixer bowl. Using your hands, toss the mixture to coat the butter in the flour. Put the bowl in the freezer. In a measuring cup, combine ?
February 22, 2012 |
WHEN IT COMES to pagan religions like Voodoo, Santeria and Palo Mayombe, sacrificing and eating chickens, goats and other livestock is no big deal. "It's virtually the same thing as having Easter Sunday dinner, only you're killing and preparing the animal yourself instead of buying it," said Eric Lee, co-owner of Mystickal Tymes, an occult store in New Hope. But it seems that some occultists in Chester County might have taken their celebration too far. According to evidence found by the county's SPCA, their menu may have included dog, a big no-no in the animal-sacrificing community.