June 5, 2015
Fruit-forward pops When we were kids, Popsicles came in flavors like "red" and "purple. " Now, in many offerings there's actual fruit involved, not just food dyes. Among them is Fruttare, a line of fruit-based ice pops and fruit-and-milk bars. We liked the mango bars, a 60-calorie snack that tastes like mango - not "orange. " - S.M. Fruttare mango ice bars, $4.29 at Acme, ShopRite, and Target stores. Preserve your greens Keep your farmers' market bounty fresh longer by storing it a container designed to trap ethylene, a gas released by ripening fruits and vegetables that accelerates spoiling.
May 22, 2015
IT'S NOT that the "Forbidden Broadway" series has spent more than 30 years butchering musical theater's sacred cows. It's more like the venerable revue has tipped said revered bovines. "Forbidden Broadway" is a theater-world fixture, thanks to its playful skewering of musicals, both iconic and long-forgotten, using the music from various scores but with original lyrics written by Gerard Alessandrini , who created the concept in the early 1980s. While the songs poke gentle fun at their subjects - often the stars who sang the originals - there is little that is mean-spirited in the musical satires.
May 18, 2015 |
At Specca Farms in Burlington County, Bill Hlubik stooped down in a large furrowed field, picked a plump red strawberry and took a bite. "That's the best berry I've had in my life, and I'm not just saying that," he said enthusiastically. "Wow, that is a good berry. " Hlubik, a professor and agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, ought to know. He helped develop and test the new "Rutgers Scarlet" strawberry, which is now being praised by farmers and consumers as particularly sweet, juicy, and flavorful - superior to strawberries shipped in from California, Florida, and Mexico.
April 4, 2015 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) foreshadowed the argument he hopes will save his career as he began his formal fight against corruption charges Thursday. Menendez and South Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend and major donor, each pleaded not guilty to charges that Melgen won the senator's support with lavish gifts described in vivid detail over a 68-page indictment. "Prosecutors get to write the indictment they want, after a secret, one-sided presentation in a grand jury," Menendez attorney Abbe Lowell said after the afternoon hearing.
January 21, 2015 |
If, in Hilary Clinton's words, it takes a village to raise a child, then it should take, at the least, a small team to run a really interesting kids' theater company - one with such heady topics as hard-core poetry, bicycles as muses, and death dreams. Smart, innovative, challenging theater for a range of ages is what drives the four-member team behind Philadelphia-based PAPAYA (Pa. Performing Arts for Young Audiences), whose second season starts Friday at the Painted Bride with that aforementioned bike theme, Evalyn Parry's musical SPIN . PAPAYA's inaugural 2014 season was auspicious: shows at the Bride (Suzanna Hamnett's mischievous Nearly Lear , the acrobatic movement of 2X2: Dutch Dance Duets )
August 22, 2014 |
One of summer's greatest culinary pleasures is food cooked on a grill, with backyard flames enhancing flavors like nothing else. But fire and hot coals can transform so much more than just burgers and dogs. Almost all the produce bursting from local farms and gardens can be cooked outside - creating flavorful fare from appetizers through desserts. Grilled whole, sliced, layered or wrapped, almost every vegetable and many fruits can be converted into tasty fare on a barbecue grill.
July 19, 2014 |
Call it a sign of change: From now on, all Philadelphia construction and demolition sites must have large signs alerting the public to the work in progress and listing numbers to call to report a dangerous site. Mayor Nutter and Carlton Williams, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, held a news conference Thursday to announce enforcement of the sign rule passed by City Council last summer after the fatal Market Street building collapse. The requirement took effect Thursday, Nutter said.
July 5, 2014 |
Having weathered the economic ups and downs of farming and, yes, the weather itself, members of the Linvill family are celebrating what they call their crowning success: surviving 100 years in a volatile business. These days, the family stead in the heart of Delaware County is as much county fair and education as it is produce, but from all indications it is a thriving enterprise. Growing from a 10-cow dairy farm dairy to a 300-acre fruit-and-vegetable complex on West Knowlton Road in Middletown Township, Linvilla Orchards has evolved into quite the popular venue.
June 17, 2014 |
We're a little bit jealous of Philadelphia," says Matthew D'Arrigo , produce wholesaler and market officer at Hunts Point Terminal, the big New York distribution center that will move $2.5 billion worth of food this year. D'Arrigo is talking about his Philadelphia rivals' success at getting the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market built. That quarter-mile-long, multi-story, skylit, fully refrigerated fruit and vegetable warehouse and showcase just celebrated its third anniversary on Essington Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.
June 6, 2014 |
Simon Kaschock-Marenda needed a science project for his sixth-grade class at Masterman School and was intrigued by the fact that his parents had just cut back on sugar in their diet. Because his father, Drexel University biologist Daniel Marenda, worked with fruit flies, the boy thought it might be interesting to feed sugar and other sweeteners to some flies. Was it ever. Regular sugar was OK, but the flies that ate the sweetener Truvia were dead within a few days. Daniel Marenda was skeptical, so he helped his son redo the experiment.