August 29, 2016 |
Summer has gone by quickly - again. Time to start thinking about getting the house ready for winter. It is tradition for my male readers, on the day this column appears each year, to bury the Real Estate section at the bottom of the recycling pile so their wives can't say, "But Al Heavens said you should clean the gutters. " (It's too expensive to just recycle a computer or smartphone, so you might as well grin and bear it.) Today, I have to admit that I have fallen behind on my spring and summer chores.
November 8, 2013
Company description: Wok-seared pork, red and green bell peppers, red onions, cilantro, garlic, lemongrass, rice sticks and sweet pineapple "topped with a kick of our own sriracha sauce. " Chain: Pei Wei Asian Diner. Location: 4040 City Ave. (near Monument Road), Wynnefield Heights Nutrition information: 860 calories, with 50 grams of fat and 1,830 milligrams of sodium. Order time: 10 minutes. Price: $6.95. Review: I prepped my palate for the new Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps by feasting the previous day on the Asian-chic chain's delicious Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
July 5, 2013 |
It was one of the first pasta dinners I made after my sister and brother-in-law announced they were going vegan. We were in their kitchen in southern Maine, where I spent last year helping them with their homestead, and I was making a sauce from the best of the early summer produce, right from the huge garden outside. It was based on the classic French side dish of braised lettuce and peas, but I turned it Italian by tossing it with curly pasta and a touch of mint. As it neared readiness, I needed to make ask them to make one - OK, two - little exceptions to their diet in service of the dish and its integrity.
April 4, 2013
Makes 4 servings 1 romaine lettuce heart, core removed, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 2 large celery ribs, leaves trimmed, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 2 ripe avocados, peeled,pitted, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 1 can (14 oz.) hearts of palm, drained, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 2 ripe tomatoes, cored, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
July 26, 2012 |
When the mercury hits 90 and above, tempers can get pretty fired up, too. But another glass of water or a slice of watermelon might help, because irritability is a classic side effect of dehydration. The first physical sign is thirst, of course. But other symptoms are more subtle. You might get a headache. You can become cranky, forgetful, tired, and dizzy, and your skin appears dry and wrinkly. Remember the old admonition to drink eight glasses of water a day? Well, in 2004, the Institute of Medicine issued new general fluid recommendations indicating women should drink 11 cups per day and men 15 cups.
March 23, 2012 |
Howard Brosius is trying to be heard above the buzz of a dozen small children recently liberated from day care. "Who wants some black-seeded Simpson?" he shouts, holding up the ruffled, light green leaves of this 150-year-old lettuce variety. In a room full of veteran vegetable gardeners, this would provoke a stampede. Here, in a small classroom at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown, the kids have no idea what black-seeded means or who Simpson was. But they know whatever "Mr. Howard" is offering, they want.
October 29, 2011 |
If Indian animal rights activists have their way, mega-selling singer and sex symbol Lady Gaga will wear a lettuce dress (a dress made out of lettuce) during her sojourn in New Delhi this weekend. Her Gagaiosity is performing at an invitation-only party Sunday to celebrate India's first Formula 1 auto race. PETA India wants her to promote vegetarianism. (It's a counterpoint to the famed meat dress Gaga wore at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.) "We'll make her a dress entirely of lettuce," says org rep Sachin Bangera . "It will be a full-length gown, and we'll make sure it looks sexy.
June 3, 2011
Q: Why won't my peonies bloom? The buds look bruised and don't open all the way. A: There are three explanations for buds that won't bloom. The first is botrytis blight, a fungal disease. It can hit plants as they emerge or once buds have formed. It's worse in rainy seasons and on plants growing in cool, wet, shady sites. The buds turn brown and then become covered with a fuzzy gray mold, which will spread down the stem. When you see symptoms, remove infected portions, throw them out (do not compost)
February 25, 2011 |
Stay off squishy lawns. Wait until the ground is firm before using laden carts or wheelbarrows, because the ruts in extra-moist ground can last all season. Same for footprints of the hefty. Be counterintuitive and take the lawnmower for a checkup now, while a delay is OK. When the grass starts growing again, it will be rambunctious, but the repair shop will be overloaded. Get a jump on spring by cutting forsythia and other early bloomers to force into bloom. Forsythia is the easiest; other candidates include corylopsis (winter hazels)
May 8, 2010
A recent recall of chopped, bagged romaine lettuce by Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, does not include romaine grown in New Jersey, a state agency said Friday. The recall was ordered because of the produce's connection to an E. coli outbreak in New York, Michigan, and Ohio. "New Jersey-produced romaine had not begun to be on the market when the first illnesses were reported," said state Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher. "It certainly is an unfortunate coincidence of timing that this recall is occurring just as our farmers' fresh romaine is coming into the market, but there is no connection between the two. "