September 9, 2016
My first reaction to the Bedfordshire Clanger at Stargazy was that it was one of the most delicious bizarre foods I'd eaten in a long time. I've never eaten anything ever quite like this long pastry tube, which starts on one end with a spicy filling of curried lamb sausage and then, two-thirds of the way down, morphs into a sugar-dusted peach pie made from lovely Lancaster County fruit. Well, of course, it's "#notthatbizarre," according to Stargazy's English-born Sam Jacobson, who replied on social media.
September 1, 2016 |
Makes 12 servings 1 pound sweet butter 1 cup turbinado sugar 6 fresh large peaches (a little firm to the touch), washed, peeled, pitted, and sliced in half A package of puff pastry dough (defrosted if frozen), cut into 12 circles to cover each peach half 1. Put the butter into a saucepan. Add the sugar and melt it into the butter over low heat. 2. Put half of the butter mixture on the bottom of a 9-inch tart pan. Top with a layer of peach halves cut side down.
June 27, 2016 |
Can a sweet treat and tech savvy combine to boost profits? Cinnabon thinks so. The company plans to open its 10th store in the region at the newly remodeled Philadelphia Mills mall in Northeast Philadelphia come fall. Here's the hook: When it opens in October, it'll be one of the first in the Cinnabon chain to feature the Revel Systems iPad POS. By using an iPad interface, a customer has different ways to pay for an order - by cash, credit card, or Apple Pay - and can easily sign with a finger directly on the screen.
June 1, 2016 |
Richard Creamer says he was living high, a real estate and entertainment lawyer with "six or seven" houses and a few nice cars, when he began a high-grade cannabis-growing operation at a North Philadelphia warehouse in 2009. "It came across my plate in a way that was like, 'This makes really, really crazy economic sense to me at this moment in my life,' and I didn't hold it to a great deal more scrutiny," said Creamer, 44. "It didn't take me very long to wish that I had. " In July 2009, federal authorities raided Creamer's operation, which produced about 20 pounds of marijuana a month, and busted Creamer and his pot-growing partner.
June 1, 2015 |
No one has made a reality television show out of Tina Rutkowsky's life, but there's enough material - her parents disowned her and her family went bankrupt. Not that network folks hosting Saturday's TLC Summer Block Party on Penn's Landing would have known that, but that's partly why Rutkowsky made the trip to Philadelphia from a small town outside Wilkes-Barre for the reality TV event. The TLC folks were busy corralling their crew of reality television stars - Kate Gosselin of Kate Plus Eight , Buddy Valastro of Cake Boss - and deflecting questions about the embarrassing Duggar family and their show, 19 Kids and Counting , which is, at least temporarily, off the air now that one of the sons has admitted to molesting several girls.
January 9, 2015 |
The new year has brought two significant newcomers: one in Center City, the other in Montgomery County. The Mainland Inn (17 Mainland Rd., Harleysville, 484-704-2600) is actually old, but new owners have restored it, top to bottom. Few chefs are taking local sourcing and organics to heart as Ezra Duker does. He has an advantage, because the inn's owners have the nearby Quarry Hill Farm, whose specialty is heritage-breed pasture-raised meats and heirloom crops. Duker also had a tough time finding good kitchen workers, which partly explains the delay in the property's reopening.
March 25, 2014 |
Margaret E. Hahn, 93, of Harleysville, formerly of Southampton, a pastry shop owner-operator, died Monday, March 17, of causes related to aging at the Birches at Arbour Square, Harleysville. The Hahn family was known for the bakery it ran in Northeast Philadelphia and later, Bucks County. Mrs. Hahn made her family and helping to run the shop her life's work. The former Margaret E. Brenner was born in Germany. At age 6, she moved with her family to Philadelphia. Mrs. Hahn graduated from Olney High School, and then started a job at Hahn's Bakery, which was run by Carl Hahn.
February 14, 2014 |
Michel Cluizel's award-winning, tres French, premium chocolates originate in places like Santo Domingo and Madagascar, at fair-trade, organic cacao plantations shaded by towering banana plants. The beans are shipped to a workshop in Normandy, where Cluizel first started out 55 years ago. Workers there transform them into fine chocolate, and craft it into bars, truffles, pellets called minigrammes, and ornate decorations. But, to reach the U.S. market, the chocolate makes a less-romantic and rather unlikely pit stop: an anonymous corporate park on Route 73 in West Berlin.
November 24, 2013 |
Alf Ake Winte, 83, a lifelong pastry chef who emigrated from Sweden and later owned a pastry shop in Havertown, died Friday, Oct. 18, at his home in Newtown Square from a stroke brought on by heart disease complications. Mr. Winte honed his culinary skills as an apprentice pastry chef in Stockholm and Sala, which is about 65 miles outside the Swedish capital. By 1951, Mr. Winte and his future wife, Britt Lundvik, had opened their first bakery in Stockholm, Grev Ture. The two married a year later, and in 1955 they came to America, settling in Denver, where one of his sisters was living.
November 1, 2013
BONES OF THE DEAD (OSSI DEI MORTI) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/4 cups sugar 1/2 lemon, zested 1 egg white 1 3/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup ground almonds 1 teaspoon ground cloves Powdered sugar In medium-sized bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar, lemon zest, egg white and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk: flour, cinnamon, almonds, and cloves. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl until a ball has formed.