August 11, 2016 |
Makes 8 servings For the lavender sugar: 1 to 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender buds 2 cups granulated sugar For the candied pecans: 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as needed 2 cups unsalted pecan halves 1. For the lavender sugar: Combine the lavender (to taste) and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a food processor. Process until the lavender is ground very fine, 4 to 5 minutes. (Alternatively, grind the lavender and sugar in a spice grinder for 1 minute.)
July 19, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: With summer here, many families will do at least some traveling, which involves spending significant amounts of time in the family car or truck. I'd like to remind your readers that it is now illegal in many states to leave a child, a disabled person or a pet unattended in a vehicle for ANY length of time. The reason is that temperatures inside a vehicle - especially with the windows rolled up - can rise to dangerous, even deadly, levels very quickly. Tests by the National Weather Service have shown that when it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the interior of a vehicle with the windows rolled up, or just cracked open, can reach 123 degrees within 60 minutes!
May 5, 2016
Makes 8 servings 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more as needed 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 shallots, finely diced (can be replaced by small onion) 10-12 medium tomatoes, cut in quarters 5-6 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt, or any salt 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oil, garlic, and diced shallots in a medium baking dish; put in the oven for 7-10 minutes. 2. Remove pan from the oven and add tomatoes, thyme, and oregano.
April 29, 2016 |
HOW DO YOU change behavior? How do you persuade kids to see the benefits of curried chicken with cauliflower over Cheetos and KFC? My Daughter's Kitchen cooking classes teach kids to cook healthy dinners, providing a primer on the basics of chopping and sautéing while exposing them to new fresh foods along the way. This spring, volunteers in 31 classes around the region have had a good measure of success: In my class at Prince Hall Elementary in...
March 17, 2016 |
One Halloween, they dressed as Taylor Swift and Kanye West. Another year, they went as Katy Perry and Elmo. And for their friend's annual costume bash in 2012, she was Miss Piggy and he was Kermit. That night, in front of 30 people and their miniature poodle, Lexi, with Adele's cover of "Make You Feel My Love" playing and a friend videotaping every moment, Marcus proposed and Allison said yes. "I shook like a leaf the rest of the night," she recalls. They'd known each other since ninth grade at Philadelphia's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
March 11, 2016
Makes 6 Servings 2 bananas, peeled and sliced into coins 2 tablespoons butter (cut in half, to be used in 1 tablespoon measurements) 4 large eggs 1/2 cup flour 1 cup whole milk 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (not quick cooking) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon brown sugar 8 ounces Greek vanilla yogurt, for serving 1. Preheat oven to 425 F. 2. Peel banana and slice into coins. 3. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
February 26, 2016
Makes 6 servings 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 large rutabaga, peeled and cut into 3/8 inch dice (7 cups) 1/3 cup thyme leaves 1 cup finely grated parmesan 2 cloves garlic, crushed Scant 5 tablespoons capers, coarsely chopped 3 small yellow bell peppers 3 small red bell peppers 2 teaspoons olive oil 6-ounce chevre log, broken into 3/8 inch pieces 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped ...
January 7, 2016
Makes 4 slices 1 cup chickpea flour 1 cup water 11/2 tablespoon olive oil, plus more to grease skillet 1/2 teaspoon salt Optional: 1/4 teaspoon dried herbs, such as oregano 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Lightly grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet. 3. Place in the oven for 5 minutes until hot. 4. Pour socca batter into the pan. Bake 8-10 minutes, until socca nears golden brown and middle is firm. Remove from oven and set aside. Per slice: 227 calories 8 grams fat, no cholesterol, 30 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams protein, 300 milligrams sodium, 9 grams fiber.
December 18, 2015 |
The students from Wiggins Prep Elementary in Camden were wound up for their last day of cooking class: They'd be preparing dinner for parents, siblings, and guests, showing off the skills they'd learned over the last seven weeks. And their excitement was bubbling over. The teachers were having issues of their own. "I just want to let you know what we are working with today," said Edith Bobb, one of the three teachers who have helped with the class. Dawn Wilson had put on two different-colored socks that morning, and Susan Lore came to school wearing two different shoes.
December 11, 2015 |
Not so long ago, the casserole was the MVP in the American dinner lineup, an easy and economical supper without fuss. Tuna noodle, chicken and rice, ground beef and macaroni, these were the staples of many childhood dinners. But in this generation, many children have no familiarity with this comfort-food genre. "All the kids were asking, 'What's a casserole?' " said Susan Munafo, a volunteer at after-school cooking class at William Loesche Elementary in Northeast Philadelphia.