June 20, 2014 |
EVERY APRIL for the past five years, Bob Abel has entered the Dewey Beach Chili Cook-off in Delaware. And every year, the Secane, Delaware County, resident has taken home the People's Choice Award. It's a heated competition. Abel says the spice extends to the quips and jabs that cooks share over their bubbling pots. "We butt heads, but underneath it all there's a lot of camaraderie. We really love doing this and look forward to it. " The Chili Cook-off is a family affair, too. His son, Brian, and daughter-in-law, Lisa, encouraged him to enter the first time with an adaptation of his father's recipe.
February 21, 2014 |
Here in the heart of Germantown, we're salivating for sap, the precious, watery liquid that drips and dribbles out of maple trees and, with considerable effort, is transformed into magical maple syrup. We're at Wyck, the 18th-century house with a rose garden, a market farm, and most important, a stand of 70-foot sugar maples. "It's maple-syrup time," says Christina Moresi, Wyck's educator and leader of our unlikely urban sugaring party, which includes Elizabeth Belk, Wyck's horticulturist, and Jeff Eckel, the caretaker and beekeeper.
February 7, 2014
SCHMEAR IT What to eat: Most popular menu items are the Loxsmith (cream cheese, chopped lox, scallions, tomatoes and cucumbers, recommended on an everything bagel) and the Stuffed French Toast (cream cheese, strawberries, bananas, walnuts, cinnamon and maple syrup on a French toast bagel). Both were scarfed in nanoseconds by our taste-testers. Wait, there's more: Other sweet or savory combos also intrigued, like the Monster Miler (peanut butter, bananas and granola, recommended on a blueberry bagel)
January 10, 2014
* Stuff yourself with pancakes, sausage and maple syrup, then head out into the crisp winter woods to see how maple syrup is made at Tyler Arboretum's annual Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 (515 Painter Rd., Media, 610-566-9134, ext. 208, TylerArboretum.org ). Hot cocoa and coffee also fuel this journey through the 650-acre arboretum. $12 adults, $6 ages 3-12 and free under 3. Snow date is March 1. * Beck's Kitchen Pantry condiments and spices are now available at Whole Foods Markets in the 'burbs.
April 26, 2013 |
This is the seventh in a series on healthy cooking classes at St. Martin De Porres School in North Philadelphia. The girls were so thrilled to see chicken thighs and drumsticks that they temporarily lost their minds. "Are we making fried chicken?" Hope Wescott asked breathlessly. "Sorry," I said. "Not in a class about healthy cooking. " In truth, I did test a version of oven-baked "fried" chicken - dipping it in yogurt and rolling it in smashed corn flakes - and it wasn't bad. But, honestly, it wasn't nearly as good as true fried chicken.
April 25, 2013
Makes 5 servings 10 bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks, skin removed ½ cup Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ teaspoon oregano 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. 2. Combine the mustard, garlic, maple syrup, and oregano in a small bowl. 3. Spread the mustard mixture evenly on top of each chicken thigh or drumstick, being careful to cover as much of the surface as possible to form a crust.
March 7, 2013
Makes 6-8 servings 2 poblano chiles 4 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons oil 2 onions, diced 5 pounds butternut squash (2 medium, or 1 large), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/3 cup dry white wine 6 cups vegetable broth 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon New Mexico chile powder 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup maple syrup, divided 1/2 cup raisins, coarsely chopped 6 to 8 pieces stale bread, preferably dark whole-grain, coarsely chopped 1 cup heavy cream Fine sea salt Tabasco sauce, optional 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced on the bias 1. Roast the poblano chiles over high heat on a rack over a stove-top burner.
December 30, 2012 |
It's almost the New Year, and as you may know, I don't like to make conventional resolutions, because that requires me to think about how much I suck. Who needs it? Too negative. Instead, every new year, I prefer to make unresolutions. I think about the things I like about myself and resolve to keep doing them. As in, I resolve to keep kissing my dogs on the lips. I can't be the only middle-aged woman with puppy breath. And this year, I have one big unresolution, which is to continue to dream about harebrained schemes to make money.
August 25, 2012 |
SHAWNEE-ON-DELAWARE - With the fog still thick over the Delaware River, Gov. Corbett, joined by about a dozen state officials, all in kayaks, pushed off from the Pennsylvania side Friday morning for a 10-mile float downriver. It was Day Two of Corbett's 23-mile paddle along the Delaware, meant to promote tourism and highlight Pennsylvania's natural resources. "Hey, look at that," said Corbett, briefly breaking the silence on this undisturbed stretch of the middle Delaware in the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
July 12, 2012
1 small tart apple 1 cup slightly stale white bread, crusts removed, cut into small pieces 1½ tablespoons melted butter 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon Heavy cream or vanilla ice cream for garnish 1. Peel and core apple and cut into chunks. Heat a couple of tablespoons of water in a small heavy pot and toss in the apple. Lower the heat, cover and cook, stirring a few times, for about five minutes or until apples are soft.