September 1, 2011 |
In backyard and even front gardens, tomatoes are ripening on the vine. So, after you've had your fill of tomato sandwiches, and you've made some tomato sauce, consider making your own sun-dried tomatoes. As the name implies, these are tomatoes dried in the sun, although they also can be dried in the oven or a dehydrator. When dried, the tomatoes shrivel up, become chewy, and develop an intense flavor that's great in salads and Mediterranean platters, pasta dishes, on pizza or on crostini.
April 7, 2011
Ice cubes in the shape of lemons or limes brighten summer drinks, and when the flexible trays are filled with lemonade instead of water, the cubes won't dilute drinks as they melt. Dishwasher safe. - Dianna Marder Flexible Ice Trays, set of 2, $6.99 at organize.com. A cube for your cubicle The iWavecube microwave oven is compact and quiet enough to use at your desk at work or in a dorm room. The fold-up handle and light weight (12 pounds) make it a portable camping luxury for parks with electricity.
February 16, 2011 |
Even in a city where murder occurs almost daily, what Kendall Anderson confessed to doing to his mother after she took away his PlayStation 2 stands out. A claw hammer, a hot oven and a stick were the weapons he used to slay her, according to the macabre confession to police that came to light yesterday during a preliminary hearing for the 11th-grader at the Daniel Boone School. After hearing the ghastly story, Municipal Judge Karen Yvette Simmons ordered Anderson to stand trial on charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and possession of an instrument of crime.
January 28, 2011 |
In response to advice on how to clean a toaster oven, a reader in Chicago wondered how to clean the glass. The answer, from a reader in Baltimore, is "just use the cleaner designed for use on glass cooktops. I've been doing it for years - works every time. " Thank you. Question: I have a very expensive stone dining room table, imported from Italy, that has some type of finish on it. Recently, I discovered a ring stain from a glass. How can I remove this? I called the shop where I bought the table several years ago, but they were unable to help me. Answer: We have a polished-marble top on our dining room table (it took four movers to get it to this house from our last one 10 years ago)
October 21, 2010
BACON CARAMEL 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 4 to 6 ounces smoky, thick-cut or slab bacon 2 ounces butter 1/4 cup heavy cream Dice the bacon into small, uniform pieces and begin to render the fat in a medium-size sauce pan over medium heat. This should take only a few minutes. The bacon will begin to get crispy. When it appears to have given up most of its fat, remove from the heat and strain the bacon through a fine mesh sieve, reserving the fat and the pieces separately.
January 28, 2010
Try one of these flavorful and affordable dishes as a hearty antidote to blustery, late winter weather, or to feed the crowd for Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7. They're easy to make ahead. 1 5-6 pound Boston butt or pork shoulder 2 tablespoons bacon fat (or olive oil) 2 Spanish onions, sliced 2 bulbs fresh fennel, sliced 1 carrot, sliced 10 bay leaves 6 sprigs rosemary 2 bulbs fresh garlic, split 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 cups white wine Water as needed Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
October 4, 2009 |
Passersby could not help but notice last Sunday that the shuttered Cosi at the corner of Second and Lombard was suddenly set off by a flared skirt of red-and-blue Cinzano tables, giving the sidewalk a romantic whiff of Roman holiday. It was now Pizzeria Stella, another milestone - Numero 19 - in the Stephen Starr galaxy. And if you peered through the window blinds, you could see its training day in progress. It would be opening Tuesday (as in five days ago), so it is not exaggerating to say that the hearthside activity was intense and a bit chaotic, as befits a work still very much in progress.
August 9, 2009 |
It is my research partner's birthday, and I want to bake her a cake. Here in this small town in the Peruvian Andes, I am unsure how to begin - I have no electric oven to bake in, and certainly no Internet with which to search for a cake recipe. A growing international health nonprofit sent my partner and me to San Jose de Secce on a reconnaissance mission. We eat and sleep at the Medina family's hospedaje, where women huddle around the wood-burning stove with Se?ora Medina, gossiping and chewing coca leaves while the household band of cuy, or guinea pigs, run rampant at their feet.
June 4, 2009 |
The first reports on the four-alarm fire that gutted the top floor of the old factory in North Philadelphia one night in early April were puzzling. One called it an "abandoned warehouse. " Another speculated it might house a "commercial refrigeration business" on the ground floor. From the outside the clues - especially in the dark - weren't much help: Across its brow facing Fifth Street, a vintage sign read, "Planet Jr., Farm and Garden Implements. " On its the north face, near the train tracks, it said, "Flexible Flyer Coasters.
November 6, 2008
These recipes are from Jack's Firehouse, host of Philadelphia's first Taste of the NFL Brunch Sunday, with seatings at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets are still available, but if you have a penchant for trying some stellar NFL recipes at home, here are a few. LOBSTER & SWEET POTATO QUESADILLA WITH SHERRY PEPPERS AND MANGO SALSA 8 ounces cooked lobster claw meat, diced 2 cherry peppers, slivered 2 red bell peppers, sliced 1/2 Spanish onion,...