March 1, 2012 |
You've tried to be faithful. In January, you wrote a check to the farm that runs your CSA, dreaming of ripe tomatoes come July. You've exhausted the supply of corn and green beans blanched and frozen last summer. You've even tried to embrace the curly kale and cabbage at the few year-round farmer's markets. But only so much can be expected of even the most devoted locavore, especially this time of year. By March, those hard tomatoes, watery strawberries, and pesticide-coated grapes start looking pretty good.
February 16, 2012
Take one bite of the featherweight pitas from Feders, and you'll understand why people travel to buy them. Imported from an Israeli company and baked throughout the day in a special pita oven, the wheat are as good as the white. - Ashley Primis Pitas, 65 cents for one, $1.75 for three, Feders Fresh Produce & Flowers, 1822 Spring Garden St. (enter on 19th Street), 215-568-8010, federsfresh.com .
January 25, 2012
THE GIZMO: Kitchen and laundry appliances are called "white goods" by retailers. Firstly, because the items always come (and once upon a time were available only ) in white. Second, because these refrigerators and stoves, washers and dryers traditionally were as boring and indistinguishable as containers of milk. But in recent years, goaded largely by upstart, now market-leading South Korean makers LG and Samsung, white goods have been introducing nifty, high-tech features.
November 10, 2011
DARK CHOCOLATE, CLOVE AND CINNAMON BROWNIES 9 ounces (2 sticks plus 1 ounce) butter, plus extra for greasing 10 ounces chocolate (70 to 80 percent cocoa) 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup light brown sugar 3 eggs and 1 egg yolk, beaten 1 cup pecans, crushed 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon sea salt 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus extra to serve 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
September 15, 2011 |
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - This is not the Easy-Bake Oven you remember. The latest version of the famous toy oven first marketed in 1963 with a carrying handle and a fake stove top is now all curves and purple and snazzy graphics. And - perhaps most shocking of all - it comes with a new instruction: No lightbulb necessary. Chalk it up as an unintended consequence of the federal government's move to phase out the incandescent lightbulb. The compact fluorescents that are becoming the new standard for household use are so energy efficient that they're useless for baking a brownie - or any of the other miniature treats the Easy-Bake has been cooking up for nearly 50 years.
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.