June 19, 2015
Improving the Hot Dog As meat preferences shift toward the free-range, the grass-fed, the hormone-free and local, the backyard BBQ must evolve, too. Enter the "Frankford'er" remix of the old hot dog, an all-natural beef and pork frank courtesy of the whole-animal butchers over at Fishtown's Kensington Quarters on (you guessed it) Frankford Avenue. No nitrates means these poached (unsmoked) links are gray, slightly firmer than industrial dogs, and with a shorter - three-day - shelf life.
June 12, 2015
Fresh as daisies Freshen up your back-porch suppers with this bright and cheery daisy dinnerware. Illustrated for Crate and Barrel by artist Jane Dixon, they are easy care and durable, just exactly what you want for outdoor summer dining. Made of 100-percent melamine, they are BPA-free, food-safe, and top-rack dishwasher-safe. - Maureen Fitzgerald Daisy Melamine Dinnerware: Dinner plate, 10.5-inch diameter, $5.95; salad plate, 9-inch diameter, $4.95; bowl, 6.25-inch diameter, $4.95; at Crate and Barrel stores and at www.crateandbarrel.com . Best of New York bites If your summer daydreams involve a weekend getaway to New York, here's something to chew on: Food writer and Eater.com restaurant critic Robert Sietsema's New York in a Dozen Dishes, a collection of food essays that meander from Harlem to Bushwick in search of the city's defining flavors, chronicling his favorite spots for things as diverse as pastrami, clam chowder, and pho. Each chapter includes a recipe and list of eateries, so you can relive Sietsema's culinary adventures on your own time.
June 5, 2015
Fruit-forward pops When we were kids, Popsicles came in flavors like "red" and "purple. " Now, in many offerings there's actual fruit involved, not just food dyes. Among them is Fruttare, a line of fruit-based ice pops and fruit-and-milk bars. We liked the mango bars, a 60-calorie snack that tastes like mango - not "orange. " - S.M. Fruttare mango ice bars, $4.29 at Acme, ShopRite, and Target stores. Preserve your greens Keep your farmers' market bounty fresh longer by storing it a container designed to trap ethylene, a gas released by ripening fruits and vegetables that accelerates spoiling.
May 29, 2015 |
Growlers-to-go in style With Philly Beer Week starting and Father's Day just around the corner, here are some handsome and locally made tote bags to suit those on-the-go hops adventures. Brace & Bit from Oaklyn, N.J., handcrafts these bike-messenger-style bags from sturdy waxed canvas in blue or brown, with natural-cotton handles and a check-pattern padded lining with a divider to hold either one big growler of brew or two large format bottles. Single bottle bags are also available.
July 26, 2013
Party platter These trays, handcrafted by furniture designer David Rasmussen, are both elegant and funky, made of classic black walnut with just a touch of color around the edges. So they can serve up fancy hors d'oeuvres as well as a pile of hot dogs. Each tray is sold separately, so mix and match. - Michelle Dembo Wud Walnut Platter, 18 by 12 inches, $49.95, at cb2.com Rolled and ready Buttery, smoky Scottish-style salmon is rolled with cream cheese mixed with chives and a hint of lemon to create these pinwheels.
July 12, 2013
Masala in a minute If you're yearning for a quick, easy meal that isn't tasteless and artificial, these precooked pouches of goodness are the ticket. These Indian-inspired entrees contain no preservatives, no MSG and are GMO-free, kosher, and vegetarian. More than 80 percent of the energy used in production comes from renewable sources. Heat and serve, or try a recipe on the website, like madras lentil chili or channa masala wontons. - Michelle Dembo Tasty Bite entrees, $3.29 per 10-ounce pouch, at Whole Foods or ShopRite, or tastybite.com Summer picnic plates Trade up from paper for your outdoor dining this summer with these festive melamine plates.
June 27, 2013
Star spangled serveware Dish out your favorite patriotic treats on the Fourth of July with this star-shaped two-tiered stand. Made of galvanized metal, it works on the picnic table as well as in the dining room. Use it to serve ice cream sundae toppings or summer snacks and hors d'oeuvres. In honor of Independence Day, pledge your allegience to a patriotic table with this festive stand. - Michelle Dembo Galvanized metal star stand, $69, at Pottery Barn stores or online at potterybarn.com.