February 13, 2015 |
Your favorite pan in the kitchen, the one that delivers the best results time and again, inspires a special kind of love. A love that can't be tempered by rust nor by achy arm muscles. This is an ode to the cast-iron skillet. No one remembers purchasing his first cast-iron skillet, as Ellen Brown points out in her well-researched The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook (Sterling Epicure). Like umbrellas, they come into our lives full of functional possibility, often well-used, patiently waiting at the ready for us to discover their indispensable place in the kitchen.
August 7, 2013 |
Ask Rich Rubin, producing artistic director of Quince Productions' GayFest 2013, why his theatrical extravaganza is a must-attend for audiences both LGBT and straight, and he'll tell you: He's out to upend gay theater's standard themes. "What I love about the plays in this festival is that they aren't your usual dramas about coming out to your parents or why gay people have it so hard," Rubin says. "These things are, obviously, important, but we've seen them before. " So: Have Philly audiences seen a play featuring a Long Island Jewish mother and her leather-clad doctor/slave son, as they will during playwright Paul Rudnick's The New Century (Aug.
January 28, 2013 |
Two years after mounting an illuminated model of the Eiffel Tower and a monthlong run of 145 performances, exhibitions, lectures, screenings, and other events - all capped by a huge South Broad street fair - the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts returns. While it's smaller and less overwhelming, intriguing collaborations and ubiquitous venues will nevertheless still define PIFA, which begins March 28. And, yes, a South Broad street fair will again mark the end, on April 27. This time the festival will be loosely organized around the theme "If you had a time machine.
December 13, 2012 |
It happened. A weird convergence of clock and calendar the likes of which won't happen till next century. We're talking about 12:12:12 on 12-12-12. For the second time today, it happened - and the planet's still here, and the country still hasn't gone over a fiscal cliff. OK, not exactly a big event. Except for those who booked wedding chapels for the hour and date in Vegas and other cities. But this milestone does mark the end of a period with frequent numerologically curious date patterns.
August 25, 2011 |
The world's most important married couple, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith , injected a dose of fiber into their blanket denial that they are breaking up with a brazen, bald-faced public relations move: They spent Wednesday visiting shops - on foot and in full view of John and Jane Q. Public - all around Malibu, Calif. They had breakfast at an outdoor cafe, bought craft and arts supplies for amateur painter Jada, lovingly lingered in front of boutique windows.
December 9, 2010 |
AMANDA HESSER had her doubts. Six years ago, when the sprightly New York Times food columnist, author and cofounder of food52.com signed on to distill 150 years of Times recipes into one cookbook, she wasn't sure she was up to the task. The breadth of the project intimidated even this seasoned writer. "I worried about doing a good job," she said. "The time period was so vast. I felt I needed some guidance. " Hesser, who was food editor of the Sunday magazine when she left the Times for digital ventures in 2008, put out a call to readers to send her their crumpled, stained, most-loved recipes.
March 22, 2010 |
At Broad and Berks Streets in North Philadelphia, the 36,000-square-foot Baptist Temple, a once-upon-a-time Romanesque church now owned by Temple University, stands like a mysterious, lifeless elephant. At a ribbon-cutting April 14, the 119-year-old building will shake off its dust and take in a breath of new air. Through a $30 million renovation funded partly by the state, the building's innards have been ripped out and refurbished, and its core has been transformed into a grand multipurpose center to be used by the university and community for concerts, presentations, and other performances.
March 13, 2007 |
New Century Financial Corp., the nation's second-biggest subprime lender, said yesterday that it did not have the cash to pay creditors who were demanding their money, increasing speculation the company would go bankrupt. The mortgage company's stock did not trade yesterday, as the New York Stock Exchange decided whether to keep listing its securities in light of the liquidity problems. Shares of the Irvine, Calif., company are down 90 percent in 2007. They closed Friday at $3.21.
September 1, 2006 |
Ellen Ogden didn't want to look out her living room windows at a bare stretch of lawn, so she designed the prettiest garden she could think of: A vegetable garden. Ogden is cofounder of Cook's Garden (www.cooksgarden.com), a mail-order business specializing in salad greens. But both her catalog and her garden offer much more than just lettuce: She has strawberries, flowers, and lots of fresh herbs. A neat garden, planted with straight rows of vegetables, is a thing of beauty, Ogden says.
December 8, 2003 |
Pilotless personal planes. Behemoth airliners. Planes with seats in the wings. That's what today's aviation engineers see when they look in their crystal balls, so fasten your seat belts. Progress in aviation has changed direction, said aviation historian Thomas Crouch, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution. No longer is it necessarily about sleek, supersonic planes such as the Concorde, which died last month. "From the 1960s and '70s, progress was redefined," Crouch said.