July 3, 2015 |
The vegan food and juice revolution that's been a rising "fast-casual" wave in Philadelphia is starting to make some ripples at the Shore. Greens & Grains in Ventnor cooks hearty and flavorful plant-based meals-to-go at its month-old little storefront, from tomatoey coconut-curried lentils over rice to cool soba salad and surprisingly good faux meatballs made from eggplant and tofu. Juices and salads, though, are G&G's sweet spot. The vivid purple Coco Glow smoothie (bananas, berries, coconut)
December 27, 2013 |
We had a lot on our plates for our final cooking class at Bayard Taylor Elementary in North Philadelphia, especially for fifth-grade cooks: We were preparing dinner for their families, cooking the favorite recipes from the ones they had learned. Each of the five children had invited two guests. At least that was the plan. Somehow, we ended up with three younger siblings in the kitchen: Kareema Brown's younger sister, Kiara, 10, and the little brother and sister of Yariel Fernandez, Bryan, 9, and Yarianna, 7. And Bryan, a high-energy boy, was already running laps around the prep area.
December 13, 2013 |
'This looks like fish food," said Mark Ramirez, when he opened the bag of lentils we would be using to make soup. "Or the stuff you feed the ducks at the zoo. " None of the fifth graders in the cooking class at Bayard Taylor Elementary School in North Philadelphia had ever had lentils. "Do they taste like peas?" Kareema Brown asked. "Not really," I said. "They don't really have a strong taste, they take on the flavor of the things they're cooked with. But they are so good for you - full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
February 14, 2013
Makes 8 to 10 servings 1 onion, peeled and quartered 6 ounces (approximate- ly 11 slices) bacon or pancetta Small handful fresh parsley 1 clove garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cups lentils, brown or green, rinsed 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, plus 12/3 cups cold water to rinse out 2 bay leaves 21/2 quarts chicken or ...
December 6, 2012
The old and the new At the lovingly restored Shane Confectionery in Old City, the Berley brothers still offer the classic buttercreams and clear toys that Philadelphians count on for the holidays, but they've also introduced several newbies. There's seasonal items like giant peppermint marshmallows dipped in dark chocolate and artisanal peppermint bark, and then year-round wonders like the Whirly Berley Bars: salted caramel and dark chocolate nougat enrobed in dark chocolate, sprinkled with cocoa nibs.
December 22, 2011 |
Consider offering something that is richly savory, but won't weigh down the party this holiday season. We started with a beautiful side of salmon, roasted it with butter and garlic, then dressed it with a warm lentil salad spiked with citrus and pomegranate. The result is a beautiful dish that will make a statement. If you can't find creme fraiche, substitute sour cream or Greek-style yogurt. Roasted Salmon With Warm Lentil Salad Makes 10 servings 2 cups green lentils 4-pound side of salmon, skin on 1 clove garlic, finely minced 2 tablespoons butter Salt and ground black pepper Zest and juice of 1 lemon Segments of 3 oranges Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro Splash of hot sauce 8-ounce tub creme fraiche Juice of 1 orange 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
November 3, 2011 |
This is an excerpt from Maureen Fitzgerald's cooking blog, "My Daughter's Kitchen. " Lentil soup is one of those staples you can turn to as the weather turns chilly. If you have a few basics on hand, this is a soup you can throw together, with a soothing, hearty result. It comes with a punch of protein without the heaviness of meat. It's exactly the kind of recipe I'm trying to pass along to my daughter - easy, healthy, and cheap - for the cooking blog we have started.
March 31, 2011 |
DAHLIA OSMAN had a dream - to leave corporate life and open a small cafe. Two-and-a-half years ago, that dream became a reality in Mazag Cafe, on 10th Street in the Italian Market. The Egyptian native was formerly an account manager in fiber communications, an experience she says prepared her to own a restaurant by teaching her financial skills and the ability to deal with unexpected problems. Osman says mazag means "good mood" in Arabic. In general that's what you'll find here.
November 9, 2007 |
The food-a-razzi, those diners who race to the newest place ready to proclaim it a hallowed haunt or a dud, have been quick to swarm Queen Village's Cochon. This barely month-old BYOB newbie already has "reservations only" on most weekends and it's getting tougher to get a seat on weekdays. Lately there's been much said about the Philadelphia dining scene becoming too many husband-and-wife duos opening one BYOB after another with little innovation. That may be a fair comment, and it will be interesting to see where chef/owner Gene Giuffi and co-owner Amy Giuffi take the fledgling Cochon.
August 31, 2006 |
In the Philadelphia area, restaurants are rethinking menus, shopkeepers are worrying over stock, and Indian customers, always in search of a bargain, are grumbling. The price of dals - the lentils of various hues that are essential to any proper Indian diet - has skyrocketed in the United States recently, since India stopped exporting them due to a shortage there. The ban has pushed prices two to four or more times higher in this region; in other parts of the country, supplies are short.