August 11, 2016 |
Makes 5-6 servings For the syrup: 2/3 cup clover honey 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice or blood orange juice 1 tablespoon chopped fresh culinary lavender spikes (flower heads) or 1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender buds 1 teaspoon coarsely crushed coriander seed For the fruit: 6 or 7 medium, just-ripe peaches or nectarines, or 8 or 9 large just-ripe apricots 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 teaspoon olive oil or safflower oil Pinch fine sea salt 1. For the syrup: Stir together the honey, zest, juice, lavender, and coriander seed in a medium nonreactive saucepan until well blended.
July 1, 2016
Soda worth the extra cents There has been much ado about soda in the news lately. One bubbly beverage worth the extra 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax is the Philadelphia-brewed Press Gang Ginger Beer. It has the right amount of ginger, plus lime juice, vanilla, and, yes, cane sugar for sweetness. - Samantha Melamed Press Gang Ginger Beer, $3.99 for 11 ounces, at Fair Food Farmstand at the Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, 215-386-5211. For your fresh fruit The farmers' market is the inspiration for many of the wares at Heirloom Home & Studio, the small ceramics studio run by Gregg and Jackie Moore of Glenside.
November 13, 2015 |
IN THE INTEREST of combatting the absurdity of the Republican presidential field - and creating engaging art - some politically minded Philly-area artists bought a gargantuan tour bus used by Donald Trump 's presidential campaign and let people throw fruit punch at it. Of course! Daily News intern Joe Brandt brought us this Clout item: "We're trying to drive some smiles, but we're also trying to talk about some of the absurdity in the political world," said David Gleeson, who with t.Rutt and other artists put together "America on the Rag. " The exhibit is spurred in part by the Donald's comment after the first Republican debate that moderator Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever," and encouraging the candidates not to demean women about their time of the month.
October 23, 2015 |
'Do you eat breakfast before school in the morning?" I asked the fifth graders at Wiggins Prep Elementary School in Camden. "No," said Aa'myrah Bethea, 10. "I get up and put my uniform on, then I get back in bed till my mom calls me. " Aa'myrah, who prefers to be called Coco, is not unlike many kids her age who would gladly skip breakfast for a few more minutes of sleep. So on the first of eight weeks of classes teaching kids how to prepare simple, delicious, healthy meals, breakfast was Lesson One. This fall, we are cooking at the well-used kitchen of Baptist Temple Church, the 98-year-old stone stalwart on South Fourth Street in Camden across from the public school, where there was no kitchen option.
October 19, 2015 |
Elizabeth Grice, a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor, embodies the new way that academia and drug companies collaborate on research to generate cash for schools and profitable medicines for manufacturers. Grice, like many researchers, gets most of her funding from government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and foundations. Like some, she also is doing work for a for-profit pharmaceutical company - in her case, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. What's changed in recent years is the nature of that academic-industry relationship.
October 12, 2015 |
On a golden October afternoon on the outskirts of Strawberry Mansion, a crowd gathered around a hand-cranked wooden press to squeeze out fresh apple cider. On the lawn, children painted pumpkins and ate freshly made treats. In the shadow of one of the city's historic treasures, Saturday's seventh annual Woodford Orchard Apple Harvest Festival in Fairmount Park brought to life centuries-old crafts - and showcased one of the city's most unusual learning environments. Among the fruits of age-old talents on display, bakers shared homemade apple muffins, apple sauce, and pies to be judged and then quickly consumed.
August 21, 2015 |
It's understating the case to call these last weeks of summer "stone-fruit season. " No. This is the real fruit season, the only fruit season. For anyone who cares about sweet and natural deliciousness, all the other weeks are merely prelude to the sticky, juicy days of August. "Stone fruits are a massive favorite for me," says Aimee Olexy of the Talula's triumvirate, "and I look forward to getting them every year. " Right now, white and yellow peaches are at their bursting peak; plums beckon with a lustrous gleam.
August 14, 2015
B uzz: Hey, Marnie, I was at a boardwalk bar and they were offering wine cocktails! I thought you couldn't make a mixed drink with wine. What's the deal? Marnie: People often assume that wine is sacrosanct, that mixing it will somehow ruin it. But, it's just like any other drink in that it often tastes good mixed with other things. Nowadays, people are getting past these hang-ups and I'm seeing more wine-based drinks out there. Buzz: OK, now that I think about it, I did have a mimosa once and that has champagne in it, which is technically wine.
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.