November 6, 2015 |
Jon Stewart's been much in the news of late, what with his new HBO production deal and the announcement that Farm Sanctuary's fourth animal-rescue enterprise will be at his and wife Tracey Stewart's 12-acre farm in Middletown, N.J. That HBO deal is all Jon's, of course, but even casual observers know that Philly-born Tracey, a former veterinary technician, is in the driver's seat on the couple's animal-rights efforts. And there's more proof in her new book, Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better (Artisan)
November 4, 2015
ISSUE | PROCESSED MEATS New warnings are tough to stomach It can boggle one's mind when all these reports of foods that are unhealthy come out ("Beware that bacon burger - processed meat linked to cancer," Oct. 27). There are a plethora of diets, some of which conflict with each other. Now, the World Health Organization reports that processed foods are harmful. I don't doubt the science, but the absolute risk is rather low and seems to reflect the group that ate processed foods daily.
September 25, 2015 |
AT KENSINGTON Quarters, it's never too early to start talking product. It's the first thing Heather Thomason and Damon Menapace address when they show up in the morning - after coffee, obviously. In many ways, they're no different from any other pair of well-caffeinated co-workers, but the manner of their on-the-job relationship is distinct. Thomason, a butcher, heads up the team milling about the meat-stuffed refrigerator case situated at the very front of the Fishtown restaurant, bar and meat shop, which opened last fall.
July 10, 2015
This plump, juicy burger is my desire-driven answer to the nutritional call to limit the portion size of a piece of lean meat to a deck of cards. I found a way to make a burger both healthful and indulgent: Stuff it with a modest amount of lean meat and vegetables. You expand the size of the burger, so your eyes widen with excitement before you bite into it. Antipasto-Stuffed Turkey Burgers 4 servings For the burgers 3 tablespoons chopped roasted red peppers, drained and rinsed 3 tablespoons chopped marinated artichoke hearts 2 tablespoons chopped pitted green olives 3 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 11/4 pounds extra-lean or lean ground turkey breast 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the spread 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1. For the burgers: Toss together the peppers, artichokes, olives, and mozzarella in a bowl.
June 26, 2015
P'unk Burger Where: 1823 E. Passyunk Ave. The lowdown: Obscenely delicious organic, all-natural burgers, milkshakes and soda in the heart of South Philly's uber-popular restaurant row. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Backstory: Marlo Dilks and her husband, Jason, decided to branch out into burgers after building a small pizza empire with SliCE in South Philly, Rittenhouse Square and Washington Township, N.J. "We felt like there were a lot of burgers in the city, but not any burger places in South Philly," said Marlo.
June 26, 2015 |
Just two years after hawking his first slabs of home-cured bacon at the Lansdowne Farmers Market, Ari Miller is preparing to take his artisanal charcuterie nationwide. 1732 Meats, his new, 4,000- square-foot plant in Yeadon, recently received USDA certification and began production. Miller is hoping for the same reception around the country that he's gotten from local chefs for his high-quality, sustainably raised salumi. "The quality of Ari's product is unmatched as far as domestic salumi is concerned," said Joe Cicala, chef and partner at East Passyunk's Le Virtu and Brigantessa.
May 22, 2015 |
DEMOCRATIC mayoral nominee Jim Kenney , who steamrollered state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams in Tuesday's Democratic primary, skipped the traditional postelection lunch at the Palm to attend a Broad Street Ministry luncheon with Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey and Gov. Wolf . The Clout team - big believers in tradition - decided to post up at the bar at the Palm with N.Y. strip steaks and Old Fashioneds, knowing full...
April 22, 2015 |
ON EARTH DAY, there are those who get into celebrating the planet and tweaking our lifestyle for the common good, and there are those who don't. Those who don't sometimes make good points about home recycling bins as mere spit in the ocean of vast industrial pollution, and other times indulge in stubborn ear-plugging accompanied by magical and/or wishful thinking. To all of us who recognize a scientifically credible threat, the head-in-sand position can be frustrating, and we might roll our eyes at its ridiculousness.
March 3, 2015 |
It's true that you didn't have to come from South Philadelphia or be an ethnic Italian to win Sunday's first-ever Red Gravy Cook-off, sponsored by the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association. But there's no doubt those qualities helped give contestants an edge. South Philadelphia Italians were making and enjoying red gravy well before anyone came up with the name "East Passyunk Crossing" for the neighborhood around 10th and Morris. So, even if they do occasionally spike their gravies with a secret ingredient or two, they hold firm to the belief that "red gravy has to taste a certain way," explained Mark Squilla, the local councilman and South Philadelphia native who served as one of the competition judges.
January 16, 2015
CHICKEN LAAB WITH MINT AND THAI BASIL IN LETTUCE CUPS This recipe takes just 23 minutes to prepare and cook. Juice of 2 large limes 1 pound ground organic free-range chicken or turkey (half white and dark meat) 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 2 shallots, thinly sliced 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 cup paleo-friendly fish sauce 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons Thai basil, chopped 2 tablespoons mint, chopped 2 scallions, chopped 2 limes, quartered, for serving 1 head iceberg lettuce, washed and dried, leaves separated and kept whole In a medium bowl, combine the lime juice and ground meat and mix well.