September 27, 2013 |
As the leisurely rhythms of summer give way to the more frantic routines of fall, those responsible for feeding a family have the challenge of navigating mealtimes around multiple schedules. I have always felt, and research bears out, that sitting down to eat, even for a few minutes, is better than eating in front of the fridge, or in the backseat of the car. Sit-down meals with others promote better eating habits, better relationships, and even better grades. So how can a busy family manage to eat healthy home-cooked meals here in the real world of competing priorities and overfilled schedules?
August 16, 2013 |
IT'S A parental terror about as universal as stepping on a Lego barefoot: packing kids' lunches for school and day care. This month's Top Cook, Anita Garimella Andrews, has faced and conquered it. She had to. Because of the family's schedule, she packs three meals a day and two snacks for her 16-month-old daughter, Sanaa. "I think moms who have children who go to day care have similar things to think about as those of school-aged children," said Andrews. "What can I pack that's easy to do, healthful, will go over well and minimize mess?"
August 12, 2013 |
Life may get harsher and hungrier for nearly three million people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Nov. 1, when food-stamp benefits will be cut overnight for the first time in U.S. history. It will mean 21 lost meals per month for a family of four - devastating arithmetic for families already living either on the edge or within the abyss of poverty, according to experts on food stamps, now called SNAP for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Why now? The federal stimulus of 2009 had temporarily boosted SNAP benefits to combat the recession.
August 12, 2013 |
Home-delivering meals that are medically tailored for seriously ill patients' diagnoses and conditions improves health outcomes and cuts health-care costs, researchers report. It seems like a no-brainer. But the pilot study is thought to be the first to measure actual health-care costs. The program it examined, Philadelphia's MANNA, is one of the few in the country to offer free delivery of 21 meals a week that are nutritionally customized for patients. Health insurance generally does not reimburse for such services.
June 27, 2013
Gabe and Judy Marabella were ahead of the trendy meatball curve when they opened their eponymous shop three years ago, a quick-serve and takeout devoted solely to the homey balls made famous over the years at their popular Marabella's restaurants. So it was no surprise (to us) that they should be counted among the nation's finest in Food & Wine's recent list of America's best meatballs, with a saucy beauty shot of a meatball hoagie glazed in tangy provolone. Even so, the national nod was a fine occasion to revisit, and I was reminded just how convenient their grab-and-go meatball meal is on a busy weekday night, complete with box of pasta (you boil it at your place)
June 25, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm in a nine-month-old relationship with a woman who has a 5-year-old son. I have two slightly older kids of my own. I love her dearly, and I love her son, however, I don't love the way she treats him. In my observations, she has no ability to say no and actually stick to it. When I say no to him, he respects it. When she says no, he quickly resorts to the crying tactic, and this almost always...
April 26, 2013 |
A vast repast will unfold on Independence Mall Oct. 5, a product of the Mural Arts Program's effort to rethink its mission, program director Jane Golden said Thursday. Part of a months-long effort called "What We Sow," the event - "70x7 The Meal, act XXXIV" - is a collaboration between Mural Arts and the Paris-based artists Lucy and Jorge Orta. It involves a free communal meal created by star chef Marc Vetri involving heirloom vegetables. Golden said nearly a thousand people will dine at a table decorated by the Ortas' tableware and runners.
February 14, 2013
Two might not be able to eat as cheaply as one in a restaurant, but they'll eat as well, if not better, judging from these dishes local restaurants serve for deuces only. (Prices for two unless otherwise indicated.) The Dandelion offers roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for two on Sundays, $56. thedandelionpub.com. Chifa lets you share the Chinese 5-Spice Pork, served with house hoisin, sriracha, pickles, wasabi slaw, togarashi mayo, lettuce and lime. Grab a flour tortilla and wrap it up for $31. chifarestaurant.com.
February 14, 2013 |
IT'S no accident that Lady fell hard for the Tramp over a shared plate of linguine in the classic Disney movie. The very act of nibbling pour deux can be enough to get a body in the mood for romance. Although Valentine's Day is one reason to canoodle with your favorite dining partner, chefs around town are hip to the aphrodisiac power of shared deliciousness any time of year. "It's sexy to share," said Patrice Rames, chef/owner at Bistro St. Tropez in Center City. He offers a dessert duo meant for two, an airy Gran Marnier souffle and a chocolat chaud , or molten chocolate cake (see recipe)
January 25, 2013 |
SOME BOOK CLUBS are serious affairs, intent on intellectual discourse and literary delving. The one I belong to is not of that ilk. Not that the friends and neighbors in my Belmont Hills club aren't smarty-pants material. It's just that our club is as much about feeding our souls and our bellies as it is about feeding our intellects. We're not really sure how it started, but most months, our meeting is a potluck inspired by something we are reading. Our discussion flows along with wine and herbal tea. Roasted vegetables and lovingly prepared comfort foods fuel our musings.