April 8, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of April 5, 2016: Craig LaBan: I'm working on a few stories featuring the best bites along my recent travels up and down the Eastern Seaboard, so more on that later. But here is one delight I'll share, as the long highway drive north through upstate Pa. can feel so bleak when it comes to dining. It doesn't have to be: this wedge of creamy peanut butter pie with a top lid of chocolate at Bingham's in Kingsley, north of Scranton just off I-81, was worth pulling off the highway for. This sprawling old-school diner is cooking genuine scratch comfort food.
April 1, 2016
Makes 4 servings 1 leek 6 dried dates, pitted 1 teaspoon celery leaves or Italian parsley 4 cloves garlic 11/2 cups red wine (we used a Primitivo) 2 tablespoons garum (Delfino brand Colatura di Alici or Blis' bourbon barrel-aged Red Boat) 1/2 teaspoon powdered asafoetida (aka hing, common in Indian cooking) 1 teaspoon each: fennel seeds, cumin seeds 1 or 2 bay leaves 4 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on) 1/4 cup melted butter 1 teaspoon salt Ground black pepper to taste 1 cup all-purpose flour A few cups of canola oil for frying 1. Chop off the green top of the leek and finely chop the leek, dates, and celery leaf/parsley separately.
December 24, 2015 |
OLIVIA MATILDA SANDERS, a daughter of the South, brought her religious faith, her cooking skills and her deft needlework to Philadelphia at an early age. Her fried chicken was spectacular and her peach cobbler outstanding, but she was also known to family and friends as a quilt- maker whose products were coveted by all who saw them. She never made a dime quilting; all her work went to family and friends, or were donated to various charitable enterprises. She could sit for six to eight hours at a time making her quilts - but never on Sunday.
November 13, 2015 |
Each fifth grader from William H. Hunter Elementary School in Kensington had a different motivation for taking cooking lessons. "I wanted to learn how to cook more - and different things," said Janalys Torres, 11. "I wanted to help my mom in the kitchen," said Talitha Rivera, 10. "My mom gets scared when I cook," said Elias Figueroa, 10. "She's afraid I will burn down the house," he said. "I want to convince her I'm OK. " This class could accommodate them all, except for one minor detail: When one of their volunteer teachers, Kristin Stitz, practiced this week's chicken parm recipe at home, she started a fire in her oven.
November 4, 2015 |
She was an Eagles cheerleader at 18, worked as a receptionist at CBS3 and now Vittoria Woodill has landed a new gig as a features reporter with Eyewitness News. Woodill, who hails from the Great Northeast, started her on-air career with CBS in 2008 and also did some work for CBS Radio in Philadelphia. In 2013, she rejoined the station as a traffic reporter, after a stint with PHL17's "Tango Traffic," where she'd worked since 2010. Now she'll host a number of segments, including "CBS3 Down the Shore" and "Taste with Tori," which takes her on a tour of Philly's best eating spots.
October 16, 2015 |
Andy's Chicken is no fast-food joint. Despite the nonstop buzz behind the counter of its no-frills take-out corner, this red-hot Fishtown newcomer may, in fact, be the slowest Korean fried chicken take-out operation in the city, obliging a call-ahead order at least a half-hour in advance, and, if my experience was typical, an extra 15 minutes of patience on top of that. But it's worth the logistical challenge. Because Andy's is easily one of the best in this recent wave of new K.F.C.
January 22, 2015
WHAT, NO watermelon? Excuse the sarcasm, but I'm still looking side-eyed at a laughable attempt by a restaurant inside the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by serving fried chicken. Wait, there's more: The Metropolitan restaurant also dished up collard greens and macaroni and cheese in honor of the slain civil-rights leader. Advertised as the "Martin Luther King Jr. Special," the $24 meal consisted of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, collard greens and homemade pecan pie. Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata, told me that the restaurant chose menu items that were among King's favorite foods as a way to honor him and that the menu was put together by the restaurant's African-American general manager.
November 4, 2014 |
Fuquan is an affectionate, talkative 8-year-old who takes pleasure in helping others, which may be one of the reasons he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. He wants "to help catch the bad guys," he says. Until then, he keeps busy with such pastimes as dancing, listening to music, and playing basketball and video games. He also enjoys watching movies, especially the animated film Cars . His favorite foods: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and pizza. Fuquan gets along well with adults and other children.
October 13, 2014
I CAN'T HEAR enough about actress Sarah Jessica Parker 's recent visit to Philly to prep for an upcoming TV newsroom drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper series by Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman . Whenever the subject comes up, I'm all over any little morsel about the "Sex and the City" star - like this one from Ruderman's Facebook page: While being given a tour, Parker asked Ruderman and Laker where the best place...
August 15, 2014 |
Like every great home cook, Josephine Samuel has one legendary signature dish. "My mother showed me how to do fried chicken and how you make it taste real good," said Samuel, a Mantua resident. But, she added wistfully, "You can't eat fried chicken every night. " So, she enrolled in "Local Culinary Traditions," a new, free course offering from Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sports Management that invites West Philadelphia residents and any Drexel students to collaborate in documenting beloved family recipes and experimenting with making them healthier.