July 17, 2015 |
When it comes to summer drinking, many are content with a minimal approach - a tumbler of rosé, a quick glug of tequila, a chilly can tucked into a koozie. The hows and whys of hot-weather thirst-quenching get a little more complex, however, where cocktails are concerned. Time of year isn't a priority for every professional drink-maker writing a new list, but a number of Philadelphia bartenders take the season to heart, building menus that reflect both the calendar and the thermometer.
July 2, 1999 |
Q: Mosquitoes! We live near a creek, and assume the water is attracting these pests of the summer night. Are there any plants we could use to cut down on their numbers? - Andrea (via e-mail) A: First, get your pronunciation right - that's "crik," not "creek"! ("Creek" is what your shed door does.) And yes, there ARE plants that really CAN repel mosquitoes - but not the way you're probably thinking. Allow me to 'splain, Lucy, as I list 71/2 chemical-free ways to keep the skeeters from doing a Bela Lugosi all over your summertime tan . . . 1: Grow lemon balm.
October 7, 1992 |
Dear Polly: Cat-lovers often have a problem: They love their pets but hate what they do to furniture, walls and woodwork. To de-claw is painful and can be dangerous for the pet, since even house cats occasionally get out, get lost and run into trouble. (Without claws, a cat can neither defend itself against other cats nor climb a tree to safety.) We provide a scratching post, of course, and encourage our cats to use it, by praise and by rubbing catnip along it. Still, they occasionally slip.
April 12, 1996 |
No ice cream, gelati or frozen yogurt for us. That's wimp stuff for unfortunates in Akron and Tulsa. Water ice is Philadelphia's warm-weather treat. It's a cold sweet that makes a vanilla custard cone look as pathetic as a bologna and cheese next to a mushroom cheesesteak with sauce and onions. And the city's water ice stands are finally open. South Philly guys in the 1930s first sold water ice - chipped ice laced with fruit juice - from pushcarts. These days machines mix the water, sugar and fruit, but tradition is still a major part of water ice culture.
May 23, 1986 |
With the Memorial Day weekend here, it's the season for picnics, jaunts to the shore and Poconos - and homemade Italian water ice. The cool warm-weather treat makes the summer heat easier to tolerate. "I love water ice," says Nora Italiano, with enthusiasm. She makes one of the city's better ices at her Mom & Pop & Kids operation, 12th and Shunk in South Philly. A lemon crate sitting on the step in front of her shop, and two more inside, tip off the fact that lemon is her best-selling flavor.
January 10, 2014
ERIC HELMS' The Juice Generation offers 100 recipes for healthy juice combinations. He said sales of the book will benefit Wellness in the Schools ( wellnessintheschools.org ), a nonprofit that teaches public-school kids about healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness. Each recipe below makes one serving (about 12 ounces). Note that while ingredients vary, the instructions for each recipe are simple: Blend in a juicer, and drink. SUPADUPA GREENS 2 cups kale 1 cup spinach 1 cup parsley 2 leaves romaine 3 stalks celery 1 medium green apple 1/4 medium cucumber 1/4 medium lemon, peeled DAILY DETOX 5 medium carrots ¼ medium cucumber 1 medium apple 1 inch fresh gingerroot, peeled ½ medium lemon, peeled PERFECTLY PEAR 1 cup spinach 2 leaves romaine 1 medium pear 1/2 medium frozen banana 1 medium lemon, peeled 1 cup filtered water Source: The Juice Generation: 100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies When Dallyn Pavey felt a few extra pounds settling onto her petite 5-foot-1-inch frame, the King of Prussia-based restaurant publicist turned to juicing to get back into balance.
March 4, 2016
Makes a generous 2 cups 1/2 teaspoon nigella seed (also called kalonji or black onion seed) 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed 2 crisp green apples, such as Granny Smith Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon Generous pinch sugar, or as needed Pinch sea salt, or as needed 11/4 cups plain, low-fat Greek-style yogurt 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped mint 1. Lightly toast the nigella, cumin, and fennel...
November 7, 1990 |
Bobbi Katz has been making her incredibly good hummus for nearly 20 years, but instead of stirring up a batch to take to a party, she's making it in vats these days. And sending it to supermarkets. Harriet's Favorite Hummus, which won a Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" award this year, is not your traditional, find-it-in-any-veggie- cookbook hummus. Sure it has lots of chickpeas, garlic, fresh-squeezed lemon juice and a little olive oil . . . but there's also ginseng in it. And it's missing tahini - sesame seed butter - which means it's lower in fat than many other hummus recipes and more lemony tasting.
April 15, 1992 |
Greek food is something that often comes to mind during the Easter season. The elaborate pageants held at many Greek Orthodox churches, followed by a joyous lamb feast, are all intriguing. But down through the centuries, during the seven weeks of Lent, those of the Greek Orthodox faith were forbidden to eat any animal product - meat, fish, eggs, butter, milk and cheese. The practice came about so that the believer might abstain from food containing blood or any food product derived from one having blood.
October 22, 1986 |
Every once in a while I get a yen for veal, and when I doll amounts for one-person servings, I generally buy four chops and cook two very different meals. I like to use the chops, flattened and minus bone, for the breaded dish so I can save the bones for the next day's meal, giving the rice dish extra flavor. TARRAGON VEAL CUTLETS 2 small veal chops, about 1/2 inch thick, or 1 large veal cutlet 1 small egg 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs 2 teaspoons dry tarragon, crushed 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Butter or oil for frying 1/2 lemon, cut into two wedges If using veal chops, remove meat from bone and reserve bones in refrigerator for future use. Pound meat between two sheets of waxed paper until flattened.