September 4, 1991 |
Dear Polly: I have some pretty plastic dishes that I use for cookouts, but several of the plates are stained with tomato sauce and some of the cups are stained with coffee. Is there any way to remove these stains? - Mrs. G.L. Fill a pan with water, submerge the dishes in the water and drop in several fizzing denture-cleaning tablets. Let set for an hour. The denture cleaner should greatly minimize or remove the stains with little effort on your part. Dear Polly: What is chocolate ganache?
October 22, 2009
Travel through time for a vintage Halloween by baking cookies at home with these retro trick or treat cookie cutters. Each box contains a cat, pumpkin, flying witch, owl, and haystack. Metal cookie cutters, box of six $8.95 at Amy's Place in the Reading Terminal Market. 215-922-4955 . Spooky sweets Thank a gracious host with Halloween truffles from Moonstruck in Portland, Ore. The Halloween Collection contains an extra-bittersweet cat, a PB&J eyeball, a milk-chocolate spider, and a chocolate ganache pumpkin.
February 7, 2013
Bonbons for your baby Marcie Blaine chocolates has added several new flavors for Valentine's Day: the lovely strawberry cava, also red hot cinnamon, white hot cinnamon, and white chocolate passionfruit. Throw in a couple of the Philly series chocolates, including my favorite, peanut butter pretzel ganache, and a salted caramel, and you'll have a happy Valentine. - Maureen Fitzgerald Marcie Blaine artisanal chocolates, 9 pieces for $17.95; at 108 S., 13th St. Syrup for your sweetie For the ultimate breakfast in bed, drizzle some of this ethereal maple syrup on pancakes or waffles.
March 20, 2008
Sweet indulgence Filled with Valrhona dark chocolate ganache and hand-painted with a colorful, high-gloss sheen, this year's Easter offering from John and Kira Chocolates is a stylish complement to the family Easter basket or dinner table. It's also an elegant holiday hostess gift. Freshly made, decadently rich, and melt-in-your-mouth creamy, 12 chocolates come in a well-crafted wooden gift box. - Marilynn Marter Artisan Easter Eggs (12), $36. From John and Kira's, 800-747-4808 or www.johnandkiras.
April 30, 2009
The young lady who sold us these bees said one repeat customer confesses they make her "knees go wobbly. " That's close to the typical reaction: The handcrafted bees are delicate shells of dark Valrhona ganache filled with oozy salted caramel and basswood honey from an upstate Pennsylvania farm. (Also, available in gift boxes: ladybugs filled with raspberry cream or garden mint.) Recipes from over there Carolyn Quick Tillery is perhaps best known for her recipe-remembrance books on Southern and African-American cooking.
July 30, 2009
Retro-inspired fruit and vegetable graphics on these 8-inch plastic salad plates are designed to add zest to picnics. From the late Ben Morris of Savannah College of Art and Design, the Ben Collection plates are dishwasher-safe, but not for the microwave. Chocolate sipper Max Brenner, the new all-chocolate-all-the-time cafe and emporium, is a perfect cocoa storm of high design and clever marketing. There are practically as many varieties of chocolates as there are ways to consume them, from "hug mugs" for hot-chocolate chugging to syringes for a direct injection of bittersweet ganache.
August 25, 2010 |
For a year now, the Buttercream Cupcake Lady has happily trucked around Philadelphia, soothing the sweet teeth of her adoring public at locations she announces in advance through social networks - until yesterday. As soon as the Cupcake Lady pulled to a stop on Market Street near 33rd at high noon, "business-compliance" enforcers and Philadelphia police pounced, confiscating her fully loaded truck. "Three enforcement guys came out with badges blazing," said Kate Carrara aka Cupcake Lady.
April 18, 1990 |
Cooks are incessant matchmakers, pairing culinary couples with the frequency of Old World marriage brokers. Often these unions prove short-lived, lasting barely longer than the fads that spawned them (remember kiwi and everything), but at times a classic combination emerges from two ingredients so naturally complementary that both better themselves by joining forces. Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and coffee, or oil and vinegar immediately spring to mind, but few ingredients are as elegantly compatible with more mates than the strawberry.
June 16, 2011
_ University City District (UCD) will launch Sustainable Saturdays: The West Philadelphia Local Food Series this weekend. The third-Saturday events through September include tours, urban-farming activities, how-to workshops and more. On Saturday, there's a farm-to-table trolley tour and a self-guided University City garden tour, an ice-cream tasting and more. Most events are free. Get details at www.universitycity.org . _ Ralic's Steakhouse (26 S. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, N.J., 856-616-1520)
February 11, 1996 |
Mabel Thomson recalls when a young swain entered her Avondale candy shop before Valentine's Day with a special request. Would she make some chocolate letters, four inches high, that spell out "Will You Marry Me?" Thomson, a candy maker for 30 years, made those letters by hand and put them on a heart-shaped piece of cardboard ringed with lace. "I wrapped it up, and he was pleased," Thomson said. She sold them to him at $2.25 apiece. "In May, he came in again. This time he ordered party mints and favors for the wedding in June.