December 20, 2013 |
I knew I had a battle ahead of me for our next-to-last cooking class with fifth graders at Bayard Taylor Elementary School in North Philadelphia - and it wasn't with the kids. Throughout our lessons over the last nine weeks, we had been fighting with our electric oven and all its digital bells and whistles. The thing seemed to have a mind of its own; its ability to hold a consistent temperature was as unpredictable as a moody teenager. But I was determined to teach the kids this simple recipe for baked chicken thighs and potatoes because, with a working oven, it's such an easy family dinner - just prep and pop in the oven - and it appeals to even finicky eaters.
November 27, 2013 |
LARRY FOLES, Nick Foles' dad, has ventured to two of the five games his son has started this season for the Eagles. Larry left his home in Austin, Texas, to watch Nick play in Tampa and in Oakland. Astute readers will note that Nick led the Birds to victory and won NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards both times. So, Eagles fans might want to start a campaign to get Larry to Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday, when the home team is going to face quite a challenge in the stout defense of the 7-4 Arizona Cardinals.
November 27, 2013 |
DAN KEATING, a general in the army that casino developer Steve Wynn assembled to win a Philadelphia license, spent the late summer in an elaborate war room, waging a battle for public opinion. From the penthouse of the Phoenix building near City Hall, Keating invited reporters, neighborhood groups and elected officials to examine detailed exhibits ranking the six bids for the city's second casino license. Wynn Resorts, which proposed a sprawling development on 60 acres along the Delaware River in Fishtown, naturally won top marks from Keating, the man who was going to build it all. Market8, the 1.9-acre bid by developer Ken Goldenberg and a group of investors at 8th and Market streets, ranked last in every category, according to Keating, who built the SugarHouse casino in Fishtown and has been involved in casino projects around the state and country.
September 21, 2013 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 3. Watch 'em roll Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals vs. Packers. Look for a nice rebound for Dalton this week against the generous Packers secondary. You know he'll have to pass early and often to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers and Co. Joique Bell, RB, Lions at Redskins. It's looking less and less likely that Reggie Bush (knee) will suit up this week. And even if he does, he will surely be used sparingly. Bell is an excellent proxy, especially given the delicious matchup.
June 16, 2013 |
There were moments in Cheng-Tsung Pan's U.S. Open round of 75 Saturday - such as the double-bogey on 14 or the blown par putt a hole later - when another golfer might have wilted, even snapped. But his father raised him to be tougher than that. When Pan was a golf-crazy 8-year-old on Taiwan, his dad would drop him off at the gate to their local course and have the youngster run the three miles to the clubhouse. He wanted his son to learn about golf in any weather condition. So when a typhoon struck the Asian island nation, they played in it. "His dad pushed him hard.
May 30, 2013
MASHED white beans and a little water take the place of dairy to thicken and enrich sautéed mushrooms. The flavor is more interesting than cream, the texture heartier and the nutrition comparison isn't even close. Serve as a side dish, or make this a meal by ladling over whole-grain toast or flatbread. It's also good wrapped in whole-wheat tortillas, over brown rice, tossed with whole-wheat pasta or used to sauce roasted wedges of eggplant, cabbage or cauliflower. CREAMED MUSHROOMS ON TOAST 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pounds fresh mushrooms, stemmed, if necessary, and sliced 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste Black pepper to taste 2 cups cooked or canned white beans, drained 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or rosemary, or 1 teaspoon dried Whole-grain toast, for serving 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnish Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
April 25, 2013 |
TRENTON - Joanne Nyikita is all for early voting, just not the way it is set up in a bill sitting on the governor's desk. Nyikita is superintendent of elections in Burlington County, and in the weeks before a presidential election, she says, she and her staff work 15-hour days, seven days a week, registering voters and making sure things run smoothly. By in effect adding two weeks before the election during which voters can cast their ballots, she said, the state would vastly increase the work of already overstretched county election boards.
March 28, 2013
Pat Szoke's Spam recipe 2 eggs 1 cup cooked white rice 2 cloves chopped garlic 1/3 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered Chopped parsley and scallions. In a no-stick sauté pan, lightly toast garlic, add rice and sauté till hot. Meanwhile, in another pan, lightly sear 2 generous slices of Spam until crispy and brown. Remove Spam from pan and add the eggs. Place cooked rice on bottom of plate, top with Spam, then two eggs; top with seasoned tomatoes.
March 19, 2013 |
The Eagles are in the honeymoon period of free agency. Last week's shopping spree produced eight players, most of whom arrive at a ripe age, fill a targeted need, and appear to have signed at reasonable prices. Yet a signing cannot be properly assessed in March because the nature of the marriage between a free agent and a new team creates so many unknowns. "When you go into free agency, it's like an arranged marriage in some aspects because you've never lived with the person.
March 15, 2013 |
I'M VERY ATTACHED to my paella pan. A gift from my friend Max Baez Berg, a seasoned maitre d'-about-town with a Spanish accent as thick as a well-made romesco sauce, the pan is a thing of beauty. Well-balanced and slightly off-round, it barely fits in my oven, but never mind. When I present the traditional Spanish rice dish in the pot for which it was intended, the oohs and aahs make my day. This pan joins a cadre of other ethnic specialty tools in my cabinets, cookware designed to do specific jobs and do them well.