March 8, 2012 |
A n excerpt from the blog "My Daughter's Kitchen. " Giada DeLaurentiis has a new cookbook, Weeknights With Giada , to be released this month, with recipes designed for throwing together a good dinner after a long day at work. Even TV chefs want family dinners. Giada wants to give her daughter the home-cooked dinners she remembers growing up. But even she doesn't have hours to spend. "Because my daughter is 4, I want to spend my free time hanging out with her," she told me in a phone interview.
January 25, 2012 |
The crowd was good and loud, suitably into it. But these weren't Cabrini Crazies. The crowd wasn't why this cozy wooded campus on the northern edges of Radnor currently is the toughest place for a road team to win a men's college basketball game in the Philadelphia area. Truth is, 457 people can make only so much noise. The real reason Cabrini has won 37 straight home games, and 40 straight at home in league play, became obvious just a few possessions into last Wednesday night's game, when a bearded, under-6-footer took the ball across halfcourt, a one-player fastbreak.
January 7, 2012 |
The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat. When the annual gathering kicks off next week, organizers expect more than 140,000 people to descend on Las Vegas. They will mill around 1.8 million square feet of booths and exhibits, equivalent to 31 football fields. The 2,800 or so exhibitors are hoping to set the tone for the year by showing off tons of tablet computers, throngs of 3-D TVs, and untold numbers of slim, light laptops called ultrabooks.
December 29, 2011
These nectarous, Brooklyn-made syrups have all the attributes one could hope for: made by hand, in small batches, with only organic, fair-trade ingredients. And delicious. The flavors, such as lavender-lemon and cardamom-clove, can punch up anything from cocktails to coffee to cookies. - Ashley Primis Royal Rose Simple Syrup, $12, at Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd St., 215-922-2600, artintheage.com .
November 23, 2011
Makes 4 sandwiches For aioli: 2 egg yolks 1 chipotle pepper, soaked in 1/2 cup water 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup cooked sweet potatoes 1 tablespoon honey For fig dressing: 4 figs 1 teaspoon minced shallot 2 cups white balsamic vinegar 1 cup olive oil Juice from half a lemon...
September 22, 2011
This punch, by Phoebe Esmon at The Farmers' Cabinet, calls for local gin and absinthe from Philadelphia Distillers. Says Esmon, "Remember, punch isn't just an easier way to binge-drink. It's designed to sit on ice, instead of being shaken, where it can slowly dilute. " THE CONTRARIAN 6 ounces Bluecoat gin 3 ounces lemon juice, fresh squeezed 2 1/2 ounces simple syrup 1 ounce Vieux Carre Absinthe 16 dashes Peychaud's bitters 6 ounces club soda or sparkling mineral water Ice Lemon wheels In a punch bowl, add the gin, absinthe, simple syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and club soda and stir well.
August 18, 2011
A chiffonade of basil leaves. A shower of Parmigiano-Reggiano. A squeeze of lemon. All of these things are happening, at a chain restaurant. Seriously, a chain! Sweetgreen, the D.C.-based quick-serve eatery, has recently opened two area locations, with more on the way. What separates Sweetgreen from the other tossed salad spots is a true dedication to freshness. So the Santorini salad, which comes with roasted shrimp, feta and chickpeas, is flipped with just cut mint and lemon juice, from an actual lemon.
August 14, 2011 |
Want a yardstick for how far into the post-ironic era we have drifted? This summer, TV newsman Don Lemon published a memoir, Transparent , in which he came out as gay and talked about being sexually abused as a boy. Yet he got far more attention for a snarky three-minute segment that Jon Stewart devoted to him last month on The Daily Show, titled, "CNN Anchor Don Lemon appears not to care for CNN. " The bit consisted of a...
July 24, 2011 |
Let there be light, God reportedly intoned. If only it were that simple for painters. They've been wrestling with light for centuries, trying to replicate the luminous manifestation of creation. And if you examine the broad sweep of art history, you'll find that in the main, painters have done an impressive job of representing "light," usually with opaque pigments. Yet their labors will never be finished, because besides being eternal, light is elusive, chameleonlike. And so painters persist in anatomizing its complexities.
July 1, 2011 |
Police officers arrived at John's Water Ice in South Philadelphia about 4:30 p.m. Thursday and informed owner Anthony Cardullo that President Obama was coming in 10 minutes. And 10 minutes later, after the building was inspected by the Secret Service, the motorcade arrived. Cardullo, 33, estimates that Obama was traveling with 200 people. "It was shocking," he said. "That many move that quick, move into position, and get out that quick. " How quick? About five minutes.