November 1, 2013 |
ANGELA Ranalli's Abruzzese grandmother was born with a veil. If you're from the old country, or simply believe in signs and portents, you know about second sight. When a baby is born with a caul - a portion of the amniotic sac covering the face - the child is believed to have special gifts. Because she was from an untamed region in Italy known for its deep reliance on folklore, legends and superstitions, Ranalli's great-grandmother not only welcomed her daughter's gift, she took the caul down to the Philadelphia waterfront and sold it to a fisherman, who believed it would protect him from drowning.
March 1, 1995 |
Who makes the most fabulous dessert in Philadelphia? If you're willing to go by the results of the Great Chefs of Philadelphia Dessert Competition, it's Eddie Hales of the Four Seasons Hotel. Hales took the top prize - a three-day trip to France - in the competition for professionals held Monday at the Rittenhouse Hotel. His Chocolate Kahlua Cake, served with a passion fruit custard and assorted other trimmings, topped a field of 29 entries, which came from as far away as State College.
January 12, 2012 |
To say the region is in a brewpub frenzy is no understatement. Iron Hill just opened its ninth location, in Chestnut Hill, and is planning a 10th in South Jersey in 2013. In Ambler, Forest & Main Brewing Co. is due to open toward the end of the month. A bit further off is Ardmore's Tired Hands Brewing Co. Opening last month: Bill Mangan's third McKenzie Brew House , a bright, tasteful transformation of the Charlie Brown's Steakhouse in Valley Fair Shopping Center off Route 202 (324 W. Swedesford Rd., Berwyn, 610-407-4300)
December 8, 2005 |
Store-bought cookies may be lovelier, crispier, chewier or more elaborate, but nothing beats homemade - unless you make them with advice from a pastry chef. So we're offering you this seasonal treat: tips from several local chefs for beautiful holiday cookies. Do try these at home - because baking does more than heat up a kitchen. It creates warmth within the family. The Snowman The bakers: Ellen Shimberg and Laura Anderson are the women behind Two Tarts Baking Co. The technique: They use a classic butter cookie, "with extra butter 'cause life's too short not to have a lot of butter," Shimberg says.
November 28, 1990 |
WHAT'S COOKING? The times, they are a-changin' in the American kitchen. Nearly two-thirds of children under 13 make at least one meal on their own each week - in part because of the microwave. An American Frozen Food Institute study showed that 38 percent of mothers of 5- to 8-year-olds let their children operate microwave ovens on their own, as do 48 percent of the mothers of 9- to 12- year-olds, according to American Demographics magazine. DESSERT TIPS Thinking of baking some pies for the holidays but leery because of disappointing results in the past?
February 10, 1995 |
Whether it's one of those $6 orange cloths that soak up an entire spilled bottle of soda, or a $3,000 dining room table, or a $10,000 redwood deck, there's dreaming room for you at the Philadelphia Home Show. Back at the Civic Center for the 14th year in a row, the show is a gathering spot where more than 500 home-equipment vendors and builders show their latest products to thousands of residents who would rather "improve" than "move. " Next year the show itself moves - to the new Pennsylvania Convention Center.
February 9, 2012
Bio : 35; from Ocean City, N.J.; lives in Philadelphia with his wife. Philly/Jersey restaurant connections: Avenue B, Café Loren, Fathom Seafood House, Fish, Little Fish and Washington Inn. Culinary training: Academy of Culinary Arts, Mays Landing, N.J. First restaurant gig: Age 13, as a busboy at Daniel's Restaurant in Somers Point, N.J. What's new? Mike sold Little Fish and Fathom Seafood House (now East Girard Gastropub) to their respective chefs de cuisine to focus on his newly expanded Fish (1234 Locust St., 215-545-9600, fishphilly.com )
July 3, 2014
The deal: The South Philly corner spot's been there since 1947 and still feels like a best-kept neighborhood secret. When owner, pastry chef and neighborhood kid John Conlosi bought the biz in 2010, he kept the recipes - and resurrected a summertime tradition: the plain doughnut, sliced in half and filled to order with vanilla or chocolate Jack & Jill ice cream, and dusted with powdered sugar. Conlosi said that he remembered the treat "as a child, growing up right across the street, at 9th and Jackson.
March 12, 1995 |
When the call went out for the Great Chefs of Philadelphia Dessert Competition, about 30 of the area's culinary elite gladly put their egos on the line and joined the contest. Their job was to wow the judges, some of whom came to town just for the special event, held at the Rittenhouse Hotel, and whose names could get the chocolate moving in the veins of most pastry chefs. There were Michael and Ariane Batterberry, publishers of Food Arts magazine; cookbook author Eileen Yin-Fei Lo; food historian William Woys Weaver; Diane Brown of the James Beard Foundation; Fred Ferretti, columnist for Gourmet magazine; Barbara Kafka, cookbook author and Vogue magazine writer; Louis Szathmary, founder of the Bakery Restaurant in Chicago; and Ann Amernick, an independent pastry chef.
March 23, 1995 |
When Bobby Flay finished high school, he figured he'd had it with formal education. But even as he was putting away that hard-earned diploma, his father made it clear that if he didn't go to college, he would certainly have to work. To show that he meant business, the elder Flay went out and got the reluctant Manhattan youth a job in the kitchen of a restaurant in the theater district. Flay remembers the times he was late for work and when he arrived, his father would be waiting for him in front of the restaurant.