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September 6, 1992 | By Donna Florio, FOR THE INQUIRER
A humorist once noted that the three basic food groups for Southerners are sugar, lard and bourbon. A simplistic statement, of course, and an incomplete one. There are actually four food groups, and the most important one, the one no self-respecting Southerner would turn down, is grits. People from Away (anywhere north, east or west of the South) don't always understand the attraction to the bland, mushy, white mound of cereal that justly could be called the national food of the South.
NEWS
February 3, 2008 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
It is often in the attention accorded the lowliest of ingredients that a chef's truest love can be discerned, and at Marigold Kitchen you cannot help but notice the ritual surrounding the grits - coarse yellow, ground by stone, from historic Byrd Mill. In the end - after hours of low-simmering and whisking (every 10 minutes, dictated by the buzz of a timer!), chilling, and hard-beating over the space of two days - they are transcendent things, buttery and risottolike in their classic pairing with shrimp, an altogether different species from what you'd expect.
FOOD
April 11, 1993 | By Steven Raichlen, FOR THE INQUIRER
The first time I encountered them, I confess I was truly perplexed. There on my breakfast plate, next to the eggs and bacon, where the hash browns should have been, was a pile of steaming white mush. "Grits," explained the waitress, with a touch of condescension in her voice, as though the identity of this strange breakfast food should be obvious to any red-blooded American. Grits are dried, hulled, coarsely ground white corn kernels. The corn is treated with wood ash to facilitate hulling, a trick discovered by American Indians.
NEWS
July 31, 1988 | By Douglas Pike, Inquirer Editorial Board
What's going to be the warmest memory of Campaign '88? Issues? Nah. It'll be the popular nicknames given to each presidential ticket. Who can forget the catchy label for the Carter-Mondale duo of '76? "Fritz and Grits. " This year's odd coupling of Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and Sen. Lloyd Bentsen on the Democratic ticket deserves an equally classic nickname. Here's the best possibility: Bentsen & Hedges. Dukakis hedged his bet by choosing Bentsen, a Texas millionaire on the party's conservative side.
FOOD
January 22, 2015 | By Rick Nichols, For The Inquirer
Two Saturdays ago on a stretch of Germantown Avenue they cleared the chairs out of Geechee Girl, the homey "rice cafe" that since 2003 had been cooking up the coastal South's Low-Country shrimp and stone-ground grits, tomatoey red rice, and a crispy-fried version of Hoppin' John, the rustic pilaf informed by bacon and black-eyed peas and, now and then, John's little sister, Limpin' Susan, in which the peas are replaced by thin-sliced okra. Most of the tables went out, too. The crowd that night was going to overflow the house.
FOOD
June 19, 2015
Improving the Hot Dog As meat preferences shift toward the free-range, the grass-fed, the hormone-free and local, the backyard BBQ must evolve, too. Enter the "Frankford'er" remix of the old hot dog, an all-natural beef and pork frank courtesy of the whole-animal butchers over at Fishtown's Kensington Quarters on (you guessed it) Frankford Avenue. No nitrates means these poached (unsmoked) links are gray, slightly firmer than industrial dogs, and with a shorter - three-day - shelf life.
NEWS
September 21, 2009 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a potentially explosive question. But "Humble" Bob Shoudt of Royersford, a.k.a. "The Notorious B.O.B.," delicately deflected it. After winning three world eating titles this month - for gobbling grits, burritos and chili spaghetti - what, uh, gave him the most gas? "Shell gas station," he said this morning. ". . . I had to drive 3-1/2 hours to get to the grits contest. So I did go through a lot of gas. " On Saturday, 42-year-old pro eater/information technology manager polished off 18.98 pounds of grits in 10 minutes in Louisiana.
NEWS
January 22, 1993 | BY MIKE ROYKO
Friday's lunch menu at the cafeteria of a big auto plant in Normal, Ill., offered meatloaf and egg rolls. It wasn't expected to cause a stampede by gourmets. But it was politically correct and sensitive. You never know where political correctness and sensitivity will rear its stern head. It's something new almost every day. This is how it came to the company cafeteria of the Diamond-Star Motors Corp. Some time ago, an executive asked the firm that operates the cafeteria to broaden the menu, offer more choices, provide some variety.
FOOD
July 20, 1988 | By POLLY FISHER, Special to the Daily News
Dear Polly: Do you have a formula for a homemade solution that you can dip silver into for the purpose of removing tarnish without heavy rubbing? - Maggie Dear Maggie: You may be thinking of this method of silver cleaning, which depends on a chemical reaction to remove the tarnish. It's quick and easy, but it can leave silver looking dull and lifeless, so don't use it too frequently. Place the silver on a sheet of aluminum foil in an enameled pan. Cover with 2 quarts boiling water and 4 teaspoons baking soda.
FOOD
May 27, 2010
Fusion groove As we rev up for Philly Beer Week in early June, it's also worth casting a glance toward one of the best beer lists in South Jersey, at Cork. This Westmont survivor has grown a serious brew list in recent years, with 20-plus bottles and 15 taps ranging from Chimay "Cinq Cent" to Germany's Weihenstephan pilsner. But Cork's kitchen, headed by chef Sae An, has also made serious strides since its initial lukewarm review five years ago. Aside from lowering entree prices into the neighborhood-friendly teens, An has found his fusion groove with Korean-themed tacos, Asian-flavored short ribs over jalapeno-cheddar grits, and my favorite - this crispy flatbread topped with the Chinatown fixins for Peking duck, with crispy skin and savory meat strewn amid crunchy green scallions over a grilled pizza dough smeared with hoisin.
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Grit The Power of Passion and Perseverance By Angela Duckworth Scribner. 352 pp. $16.80 Reviewed by Tommy Rowan Imagine that: a Philadelphia psychology professor setting the education world on fire with a one-syllable noun that just happens to define the city she currently calls home. Angela Duckworth deserves all credit for her recent rise to Gladwellian heights - but we do hope the punks who still view Philadelphians only as Santa-pelting-snowball-throwers can order this book for next-day delivery.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2015 | By Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
A few weeks ago, City Hall's Dilworth Park opened its ice rink. On Friday, Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing debuted for the season. And at noon Saturday, actors at Arden Theatre will ice-skate on stage in the opening-day performance of the world premiere of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates . Playwright Laura Eason adapted the 1865 children's classic - the story of a brave, obstacle-overcoming, canal-skating Dutch brother and sister, written...
NEWS
November 15, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Claire Boucher, the Canadian indie electronic artist who records as Grimes, is a fabulously conflicted pop star. Boucher, who plays a sold-out late show Saturday at Union Transfer as part of her Rhinestone Cowgirl tour, has just released Art Angels , her fourth album and by far her most pop-targeted effort to date. It's also the first sign of evidence of her professed love for such Top 40 heroines as Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and the Dixie Chicks. You might not know that by looking at the album cover.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Bill Graham was a foundering business major in San Francisco when he discovered his true calling as a concert promoter. It was 1966, just as the counterculture was taking center stage in America's consciousness, and his first show paired Jefferson Airplane and the anarchist poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Graham provided them with the perfect venue, a faded jazz ballroom called the Fillmore Auditorium. It would become the measure by which every rock-and-roll temple would be judged. What a long strange trip it's been.
FOOD
June 19, 2015
Improving the Hot Dog As meat preferences shift toward the free-range, the grass-fed, the hormone-free and local, the backyard BBQ must evolve, too. Enter the "Frankford'er" remix of the old hot dog, an all-natural beef and pork frank courtesy of the whole-animal butchers over at Fishtown's Kensington Quarters on (you guessed it) Frankford Avenue. No nitrates means these poached (unsmoked) links are gray, slightly firmer than industrial dogs, and with a shorter - three-day - shelf life.
SPORTS
February 6, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
AVERY MARZ is stepping up and then off of an aerobic platform. Her left foot lands on the platform first and her right foot follows. She does this repeatedly as her physical therapist watches. Her mother, Mary Beth Schoellkopf, stands off to the side and watches intently. Marz, a Saint Joseph's freshman, is wearing a T-shirt from the basketball camp of women's coach Cindy Griffin, a pair of Jordan-brand basketball shorts, athletic shoes and a white headband to keep the sweat from trickling down on her face.
FOOD
January 22, 2015 | By Rick Nichols, For The Inquirer
Two Saturdays ago on a stretch of Germantown Avenue they cleared the chairs out of Geechee Girl, the homey "rice cafe" that since 2003 had been cooking up the coastal South's Low-Country shrimp and stone-ground grits, tomatoey red rice, and a crispy-fried version of Hoppin' John, the rustic pilaf informed by bacon and black-eyed peas and, now and then, John's little sister, Limpin' Susan, in which the peas are replaced by thin-sliced okra. Most of the tables went out, too. The crowd that night was going to overflow the house.
NEWS
September 29, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
At one point during the chaos and carnage of D-Day, the USS Frankford sailed so close to Omaha Beach that it scraped bottom. The destroyer's big guns blasted German machine-gun positions and helped pinned-down GIs advance on June 6, 1944, when all seemed lost. Tom Potts, then a teenager from Moorestown, was manning an antiaircraft gun on the Frankford's deck amid the cacophony of fire - and lost most of his hearing that day 70 years ago. After numerous surgeries and hearing aids, the now-89-year-old from Upper Pittsgrove, Salem County, still has trouble following conversations and is among four million disabled service members who returned home with the lingering effects of war. Next Sunday, all of them will be honored with the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
On "I Never Wear White," a track from Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles , her first album of new material in seven years, Suzanne Vega refers to herself as "the poet of the dark. " The song is surprisingly gritty, with an edgy electric-guitar riff from producer and collaborator Gerry Leonard. "Black is the truth/ of my situation,/ and for those of my station/ in life. All other colors lie," she sings. It might be more apt to call Vega, whose first album came out in 1985, a poet of the true.
SPORTS
October 11, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The overwhelming belief is the 76ers are going to be the NBA's worst team. But based on two preseason games in Europe, it still might be fun to keep tabs on their maturation process. The Sixers push the ball, attack the rim, and keep defensive heat on opponents. "I'm very proud of my teammates for playing hard and playing tough," veteran guard Evan Turner said Tuesday after a 103-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. "Any time you do that, you give yourself a chance to win night in and night out. " But the Sixers roster wasn't built to win night in and night out. The team has only six players with more than two years of NBA experience.
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