September 25, 2015 |
POPE FRANCIS may be one of the holiest men on the planet, but when he tastes the new flavor of ice cream that the dapper brothers over at the Franklin Fountain were asked to create for his meal at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary this weekend, he'll sure feel sinful. Brothers Ryan and Eric Berley, who have owned the ever-popular Old City ice-cream-and-soda shop on Market Street near Letitia for 11 years, concocted their new flavor, "caramelized banana," specifically to meet the sweet tastes of this sweet pope.
August 28, 2015
D EAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married 22 years, and we had a good marriage until recently. Over the last three years she has become more and more consumed with her phone and tablet. She goes nowhere and does nothing without them. Every night and weekend she sits engrossed in both devices until well after I have gone to bed. If I ask what she's doing or who she's texting, she accuses me of being controlling and not trusting her. We can't watch a movie, eat a meal (out or at home)
August 28, 2015 |
Jeffrey A. Miller caters 400 weddings a year at venues around the city. This month, one particular dinner demanded an inordinate amount of his attention. "I'm not usually picking the food, too," he explained. Yet there he was at 8 a.m. at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown, helping staffers unload plastic buckets to fill with water to preserve fresh-picked greens, flowers, and branches. It was in preparation for an event that was part social affair, part fund-raiser, and part proof of concept: a foraging walk and five-course dinner based on wild plants foraged from Awbury's grounds.
August 21, 2015 |
The iconic foodstuffs of the Delaware Valley are many. The roast pork sandwich has rightfully become a point of pride, recognized in publications local and national. And we can't seem to shake our notoriety for the cheesesteak, even though our local food scene has evolved so far beyond this humble sandwich. There is, however, one summertime staple that is pure Philly, deserves elite culinary status, and is largely unsung. My grandmother made it, and yours might have, too. If you have Italian heritage, a Jersey Shore tradition, and someone who likes to cook in your family, it may well be on this weekend's meal plan.
July 1, 2015 |
After last week's storms, a Delaware County town is dealing with more than fallen trees and power lines. A falling-out over free meals dispensed at a shelter has created a tempest of its own. The dustup began Thursday, when three families - including about 10 children - from the Toby Farms section of neighboring Chester Township showed up at a Brookhaven shelter, set up to aid victims of power outages from last week's severe-storm outbreak....
June 25, 2015 |
Dozens of children were snacking on peaches and eating turkey and cheese sandwiches from box lunches Tuesday when Philadelphia Managing Director Richard Negrin asked them: "How many of you guys have - because I know I have - gone to bed hungry?" Several raised their hands. The gathering at St. Thomas Aquinas School in South Philadelphia was arranged to promote the federal Summer Food Service Program, which was launched Monday in Philadelphia. It offers free meals to children under 18 at more than 1,000 sites in the city.
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 3, 2015 |
One would be hard-pressed to find any similarities between two crime procedurals hitting the box this week: ABC Family's new series Stitchers , which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether. The reverse is true of NBC's surreal Nietzschean parable Hannibal , which returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Thursday. One of the most unremittingly dark, vicious stories about murder, Hannibal enthralls the viewer's aesthetic sense with its stunning photography, sophisticated use of imagery, and breathtaking beauty while at the same time threatening to steal away our soul, dragging it deep into the void.
May 6, 2015 |
The long: Country's oldest performance festival for kids offers live, under-an-hour-each matinee shows - hip-hop violin, contemporary dance, daredevil acrobatics, juggling and the true story of two girls in one lifeboat. The short: Three days, five acts, one local flick. The demo: Pre-K through fifth grade. The free: Daily, rain-or-shine Fun Zone in front of Annenberg Center does craft-making, face-painting, balloon sculpting, drum-playing and hamburger-eating ($5 for a kid's meal)
December 22, 2014 |
I'M HOSTING Christmas dinner for 16, and I'm kind of sweating it. I never sweat hosting the Thanksgiving meal, since the menu, by state law and family decree, must never change: Roasted turkey, a hay bale of stuffing, 87 different potato sides and enough desserts to stock a Wegmans pastry case, if Wegmans sold only chocolate pastry. Same old, same old, and everyone's happy. Christmas is different in that, menuwise, anything goes - so anything is possible, including failure.