May 2, 2014 |
As a child, Elaine Sirna Shaughnessy never liked the smell of perfume. Too unnatural. But she happily inhaled whatever wafted from her mother's kitchen in Delaware Township, later to become Cherry Hill. Especially on Sunday mornings, before church, when Mom made "gravy" for the week. Those scents were very pleasurable, and may have been a subconscious trigger for the turn her life would take in the mid-1980s. That was when Shaughnessy, a stressed-out school administrator, read an article about aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine using fragrant "essential oils" distilled from plants.
November 29, 2012 |
Here are my five favorite beverages: Green Tea The Chinese have known the benefits of drinking green tea since ancient times. Many experts believe that drinking green tea may inhibit cancer cells, lower cholesterol, and decrease belly fat. Beet Ginger Cocktail (excellent cleanser) 1 cucumber 1-2 beets 1 handful of parsley 1 large honey crisp apple 1 lemon peeled 1-2 1 inch ginger (peeled) Put ingredients in juicer, stir and drink. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice 3 juice oranges Juice oranges with old-fashioned hand juicer.
July 19, 2012 |
2 tablespoons roasted green tea (hojicha), see note 1 large garlic clove, coarsely chopped 3 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves and small stems 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves and small stems, preferably cinnamon basil 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds or pine nuts ½ teaspoon coarse salt 1 to 2 teaspoons wasabi paste 1 to 2 teaspoons green hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco jalapeño ...
January 13, 2012 |
Wishful thinking is a gluttonous beast, just like many Americans. Perhaps that's why it's tough to tour the Internet in the month of New Year's resolutions without tripping over all sorts of pain-free diet tips. Search a bit, and it's easy to whip up a list of 10 ways to shed some pounds without strenuous diet or exercise. This does not constitute endorsement. Remember, experts generally say, if you really want to lose weight and keep it off, do so gradually by exercising more, switching to more nutritious foods, and consuming fewer calories.
January 5, 2012 |
In Southeast Asia, where her mother's side of the family ran a cooking school, Grace O cooked and baked professionally. Now in California, O, the daughter of a physician, operates skilled nursing facilities and continues her culinary passions. Small wonder her new cookbook focuses on food's naturally occurring nutrients. Not all her recipes are weeknight-worthy as far as timing is concerned. But this one, which relies on the strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of green tea, is a quickie.
October 7, 2011 |
Friday-Saturday Love over reason and morality Prisoner Jacob falls in love with the most unconventional and unattainable woman possible: Rachel, a blow-up doll. But Jacob's envious cellmate attempts to break up their newfound happiness. The result is an original thriller/comedy theater piece that breathes new life into the old and overdone love triangle. For mature audiences only. An entry to the 2011 Philly Urban Theatre Festival, Rachel will premiere at the Adrienne Theater at 2030 Sansom St. Information: 302-793-9499, www.putf.org . Sunday Chilling with chili Irresistible smells of chili and chowder simmering on the stove will usher in fall on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, at Mariner's Landing at Morey's Piers, at 11 a.m. Sunday.
July 21, 2011
Cupcake-crazed Philadelphians don't have to leave their habit behind at the Shore now that 26-year-old Katie Weigand has realized her baking dreams at Sandcastle Cupcakes in downtown Ocean City. This graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, who worked as a poolside waitress at the Borgata in order to save up for her shop, which opened this spring, delivers moist and flavorful cupcakes topped with Italian buttercream that's smoother and richer than typical cupcake icings.
May 6, 2011
HERE'S what I think of the people who are upset (upset?!) at the jubilation over the death of al Qaeda's monster-in-chief: Please go get a cup of green tea to calm your nerves, a good selection from Oprah's book club - and some smelling salts. You poor, delicate things. I couldn't believe it when just one day after the righteous execution of the man who could on occasion make Hitler look warm and fuzzy, some handwringers with journalism degrees decried the "unseemly" celebration of Osama bin Laden's death.
April 14, 2011 |
Tea is for drinking, to be sure, but what about tea for eating? Many of us know the marbleized tea eggs and tea-smoked duck of Chinese kitchens or the green tea ice cream found in many Asian restaurants, but how often have we encountered oolong-brined turkey, salmon lacquered in green tea, or "smoky" black lentils cooked in lapsang souchong tea? These are just some of the 150 recipes "steeped in tradition from around the world" to be found in a new book, Culinary Tea (Running Press, $22.95)
April 1, 2010 |
Among the breakfast choices this week at the Starbucks near Murray's Deli in Bala Cynwyd were a platter of come-hither apple fritters and tall green tea lattes. You could find the same combo a few miles away in the city, at the Starbucks across from Whole Foods at 20th and Callowhill. The only difference was that in the city the calories were posted on the menu board (as required by recent changes to the city health code); in the suburbs, they were not. And what that told you (or didn't tell you)