August 7, 2015
DENISE FIKE'S MEATBALLS Serves 6-8 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil (or more as needed) 4 Tbsp. butter (or more as needed) 1 large onion, chopped 3 carrots, minced 2 stalks celery, minced 3 cloves garlic minced 1/8 cup Gravy Master 1/4 cup soy sauce 5 dashes Angostura bitters 1 lb. ground veal 1 lb. ground sirloin 1 lb. ground pork 2 eggs 1 bunch parsley, stemmed and minced 1/2 cup Parmigiano...
July 25, 2015
ISSUE | SAFE STREETS A real meatball of a safety plan I have studied traffic engineering, and it's clear to me that the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a partisan political group, not a panel of experts ("Pledge to cut crashes and fatalities in Philly," June 26). Changes to Philadelphia streets to accommodate cyclists' Vision Zero plan need to occur only after a proper debate that carefully considers the needs of all concerned. Vision Zero itself is a concept from Sweden, a country with far less stress on individual initiative, unacceptably rigid rules about behavior, and fewer automobiles.
June 14, 2015 |
Saturday & Sunday WILDWOOD Get your brew on at the inaugural Wildwood Beer Fest, happening in Fox Park (between East Burk and East Montgomery Avenues). Split into three sessions - noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday - the event features more than 100 craft beers from vendors such as Cape May Brewing Co. and Philadelphia's Yards Brewing Co. Tickets ($40) for timed sessions can be purchased online. Each ticket comes with a souvenir tasting cup and grants access to unlimited beer and live music.
June 5, 2015 |
THE ITALIAN Market just marked a century in business, and it didn't get there by catering to dietary fads. The vendors' hallmark in this area around 9th Street between Washington Avenue and Christian Street is patient, high-quality craftsmanship, developed over time. Originally established by old-world cheesemakers, butchers and sausage-grinders, and reveling in its traditional trappings, this is not where you'd look for trailblazing vegan foods. Sure, there are scattered options: Sabrina's Cafe (910 Christian St.)
May 8, 2015 |
When the five young men arrived for cooking class at Olney Elementary School, there was not one word of complaint from these middle schoolers - some pushing 6 feet tall - who had to squeeze into chairs meant for 5-year-olds. They donned their chef coats, washed up, took their seats around the table, opened their cookbooks, and took instruction from Joe Bradbury, a culinary instructor at Frankford High School, who volunteers with his wife, Che Che Bradbury, a teacher at Olney. The expansion of the My Daughter's Kitchen cooking program to Philadelphia and Camden schools was intended to teach more kids hands-on cooking skills while showing them how easy, tasty, and affordable healthy cooking can be. But what I saw when I visited this school in North Philadelphia was a dimension I never anticipated.
December 27, 2013
What to eat: Hmm, let's see . . . how about meatballs? Co-owner Mike Antinore wisely offers $3.50 single-meatball sliders, in case you're not ready for a whole hoagie, which runs $8.50. We find that two sliders and a bag of chips gets the job done, but he also offers a $10 lunch special: hoagie, chips and a bottle of water. The balls are pretty big. Don't miss : The menu changes, but the original "Mama's Ball" is a blend of beef, pork and veal in a homemade sauce. Also try the "Datz-A-Spicy Ball," with hot sausage and jalapeno cheese.
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)
February 26, 2013 |
STOCKHOLM - Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe's widening meat scandal Monday, forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat. Stores in the United States and Canada were not affected, Ikea said. The company reacted after authorities in the Czech Republic said they had detected horse DNA in tests of 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) packs of frozen meatballs that were labeled as beef and pork. The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that it tested two batches of Ikea meatballs and that only one of them contained horse meat.
January 3, 2013 |
Sometimes failure can end up tasting pretty good. It certainly was the case with these meatballs. I'd been aiming to create a solidly delicious, all-purpose meatball suitable for tossing with marinara over spaghetti. Except it didn't quite work out that way. The meatballs, while certainly delicious, were both too tangy and too sweet to pair with your basic pasta sauce. And they certainly didn't agree with the mandatory Parmesan that spaghetti calls for. So I tried them in a curry sauce.
November 9, 2012 |
IN A LOCAL sandwich popularity contest, the cheesesteak would win. Hands down. Runner-up would be roast pork. But which sandwich would come in next isn't quite clear. Italian hoagie? Chicken cutlet? Eggplant Parmesan? Maybe. Or maybe not. From South Philly to Center City, an old-fashioned newcomer is ascending the sub ranks. Or, should we say rolling up those ranks. The meatball sandwich seems to be having a moment. Not that meatballs are new to the food scene. According to food historians, carniv-orbs go back centuries.