June 28, 2012
8 to 10 shiitake mushrooms 2 tablespoons sesame oil ¼ cup Banyuls vinegar (balsamic or sherry can substitute) ¼ cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon togarashi pepper 1. Julienne the shiitake mushrooms, and heat the oil in a medium sauté pan over a medium flame. 2. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally (while keeping an eye on the flame to prevent them from browning) until they have lost some of their moisture and begin to feel spongy, 7 to 10 minutes.
June 14, 2012
4 cups chopped rhubarb 3 cups sugar 2 generous fronds of rosemary 2 lemons, zested and juiced 1. In a large, non-reactive pot, combine the rhubarb, sugar, rosemary and lemon juice. 2. Stir so that the sugar coats everything evenly and let it sit for 30-45 minutes, until it looks juicy. Place pot on the heat and bring to a bubble. Cook until the rhubarb has broken down (7-10 minutes). 3. Let the jam boil for 2 minutes and remove the pot from heat (with a batch this size, it is easy to overcook the jam)
December 24, 1999 |
Now that noodling - the improvisational art of "the jam" - has become respectable, it's time to celebrate those locals who have devoted themselves to furthering the jam-band cause with electronic ellipsis, techno-terrorism, humor and hubris: The Disco Biscuits. Deadheads and rave kids alike all groove deeply to CDs such as Uncivilized Area (Hydrophonic) and Encephalous Crime (Diamond Riggs) and CD bootlegs (band-approved) of the group's slowly stewing, improvisational prowess onstage.
December 16, 1990 |
There is a wealth of musical talent on the Main Line, according to percussionist John Breslin. And Breslin believes he has found a way to tap some of that talent through his performances at The Main Lion, which allow members of the audience to play with the band. Since September, the John Breslin Jazz Band has been performing on Sundays from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Main Lion on Lancaster Avenue in Strafford. Its repertoire incorporates standard jazz tunes and some improvisational work - the stuff that makes jazz so unpredictably rich.
September 18, 1990 |
A collision of two tractor-trailers on I-95 in South Philadelphia that left one man dead and at least one other injured, and a five-alarm fire on nearby Delaware Avenue, caused monumental morning rush hour traffic jams today. The trucks crashed in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Tasker Street at 2:54 a.m., police said, when one of the rigs hit an overhead sign. Its driver was found dead inside. His name was not released. The driver of the other truck, Edward Coslin, 33, of National Park, N.J., was taken to Methodist Hospital, where his injuries and condition were not immediately known.
July 2, 1993 |
Market Street was all swiveling hips and snapping fingers last night during a rockin', rollin' block party. The four-block jam was the highlight of Day 7 of the Welcome America! celebration, an 11-day orgy of parties and special events to commemorate the opening of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Fourth of July. It was curb-to-curb people as thousands turned out for the festivities along Market Street, between 9th and 13th streets. Jugglers and an Uncle Sam on stilts moved through the crowds.
April 27, 1991
Forty-one million cases of the stuff produces more than fruit cup and jam. Chilean fruit is key to the survival of Philadelphia's port. To protect that market, six Harrisburg heavyweights head off tomorrow on a 20,000-mile round-trip to the edge of South America. Their spokesman, Bill McLaughlin, says "it's not a trade mission. It's to reassure Chile we love them. " Somehow, the $40,000 cost - for plane tickets, hotels and meals - seems outrageous at a time when those legislative leaders are fighting to avoid bankruptcy for the city and close a $2 billion state budget gap. An argument might be made that healthy discussion about how to solve city and state problems will also take place among the bipartisan delegation leaders on the trip.
August 24, 1990 |
If you're not a beach bunny, here's an alternative for landlubbing it on Labor Day weekend: the Penn's Landing Jazz Festival, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. Top national acts will join local musicians for the four-day jam on the waterfront. Here's the musical rundown: Aug. 31: Chris Connor, 8 p.m. Sept. 1: Posmontier Brothers (4 p.m.), Special EFX (8 p.m.). Sept. 2: Shirley Scott Trio (5 p.m.), Harper Brothers (8 p.m.). Sept. 3: Reverie (3 p.m.), Sumi Tonooka (5 p.m.)
December 31, 2007 |
The Word's music draws on the sounds of Southern worship, but the band itself worships at the altar of jam. Stretching two sets over more than three hours, the five-piece group touched on a handful of gospel classics, but its sound has more to do with the Allman Brothers than Sister Rosetta Tharpe. When the Word's other members picked Robert Randolph to play pedal steel on their self-titled 2000 album, he was virtually unknown outside the devotional circuit. Seven years later, he is arguably its marquee player, acknowledged as a contemporary master of his chosen instrument.
February 13, 1999 |
Neo-hippie groove meisters Rusted Root are a lot like the Teletubbies: soft and sappy, and college students find them trippy. Like the Tubbies, the band has a worldview that is nothing short of warm, fuzzy humanism, and it puts its money where its mouth is, staging a food drive at each tour stop and donating to local charities a dollar from each ticket sold. So, beating up on Rusted Root is a bit like saying Tinky Winky isn't manly enough. The hard-working Pittsburgh group's music is a bland stew of post-Grateful Dead jam gymnastics, Afro-pop tribal beats, and vaguely mysterious Eastern modal chords.