February 28, 2013 |
TWO WEEKS AGO, Oprah Winfrey went to Instagram and Twitter - @oprah, natch - to post praises of one of her favorite things. The O electronically professed her endless love of a $249 countertop kitchen appliance, a fryer that transforms baking taters into french fries using a scant amount of oil. "This machine . . . T-Fal actifry has changed my life," wrote Winfrey. "And they're not paying me to say it. " (One would hope not, since America's pre-eminent media mogul seems to do quite well for herself with the jobs she's already got.)
January 15, 2013 |
THE BOULDIN HOME in Mount Airy was always open. Friends, relatives and even total strangers were welcomed and treated as honored guests. Barbara James Williams Bouldin was the hostess with the mostest. "She welcomed everybody into her home," said her daughter, Leslie Bouldin. "We didn't even have to be there when our friends showed up. Mom would sit down and talk with them. A couple of my girlfriends even lived with us for a time. " Generosity and love were the hallmarks of Barbara's approach to the world.
November 19, 2012 |
Turns out you're never too old to call your mother about a recipe. And regret it. We begin when I decide to cook a nice meal for Daughter Francesca, because we're about to start book tour. We eat french fries for dinner every book tour, and it's worth writing an entire book for an excuse to eat french fries. But if I eat french fries without being on a book tour, I start signing things. Occupational hazard. To stay on point, I decide to make eggplant parm, which I haven't made in years.
November 2, 2012 |
THE Brothers Grigg had just started a frozen-food company to make, among other things, french fries. But what to do with the scraps of spud left behind? These potato pieces were too small for proper fries, but there were too many of them to be discarded. One day in 1953, F. Nephi Grigg came up with a delicious solution: He chopped up the potato scraps, shaped them into bite-size cylinders, then fried them golden and crunchy. Thus were born Ore-Ida Tater Tots. As the last almost 60 years have proved, Grigg's little brainstorm - a plug of shredded potato 1 1/2 inches long, 7/8-inch in diameter - has been an enormous success.
December 29, 2011 |
We hear frequently from readers who arrive at Federal Donuts, on Second Street in Pennsport, just as the shop runs out of its celebrated fried chicken. Could that be intentional? According to the international consulting firm, CultureWaves, "intentional scarcity," offering limited supplies of items in order to drive up their popularity, is among the food trends predicted to crest in 2012. But Michael Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning chef who co-owns Federal Donuts as well as the acclaimed restaurant Zahav, says offering "limited supplies" was not in the original plan.
November 23, 2011
Congress was wrong to block new rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have overhauled the nation's school lunch program. In a fight that had more do with adults and big business than the best interest of children, lawmakers sided with the frozen-food industry and potato growers. An agriculture spending bill approved last week with bipartisan support rejected tougher guidelines for school lunch and breakfast programs. The proposed changes would have been the first in 15 years to the $11 billion lunch program and fell in line with President Obama's effort to end childhood hunger by 2015.
May 16, 2011
Wallace McCain, 81, a billionaire frozen-food mogul and philanthropist who helped turn a small Canadian french fry plant into the global McCain Foods empire and later went on to control meat processor Maple Leaf Foods Inc., died Friday in Toronto after a 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. McCain was a cofounder of McCain Foods and chairman of Maple Leaf Foods. This year, Forbes magazine listed him as No. 512 on its annual list of the world's billionaires, estimating his personal net worth at $2.3 billion.
May 15, 2011
Carole S. Appel is a retired book editor who lives in New Hampshire I was a slender child, but my mother would not have used such a neutral word to describe me. To her, I was "skinny," "underweight," an embarrassment. Mealtimes were an endless three-part fugue: The Mother: Eat more, eat more, eat your meat, eat your string beans. The Kid, wailing: I can't. I'm full. I don't have any ro-o-o-om! The Father: I can't understand all this fuss - when I grew up there were eight kids around the table and if you didn't grab fast, you didn't eat. Mom: Eat your meat, eat your string beans.
August 26, 2010
The Reading Phils are offering an all-you-can-eat package for Monday's game. For $10, you can stuff your face with hot dogs, french fries, funnel cake, ice cream and soda. Sounds like fun to me, but some people - including our sister publication - think it's a bad idea at a time when two-thirds of Americans are overweight. I'll eat their share. When do we leave for Reading? Ashley, you drive. Gluttony is as American as apple pie à la mode. How many tickets has Cohen bought?
June 13, 2010 |
A piece in Bon Appétit magazine this month purports to list "The Top 10 Best Places for Fried Chicken," which wouldn't be of much note except that Resurrection Ale House, a local kid, made the cut. Resurrection is a tidy corner pub across from the condos at the old Naval Home on Grays Ferry Avenue, deeply into the craft beer scene, a proclivity that had won it a different notoriety a few months ago; state police raided it for selling a few...