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 )
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.
December 21, 2003 |
The Terrace Restaurant at Longwood Gardens brings to mind those informal but genteel eateries one often finds in a major art museum. The decor is understated here, and the cuisine has the civilized trappings, from the fris?e salad to the caramel apple tart. There are actually two restaurants at the Terrace: a cafe/buffet and a linen-and-candlelight, fine-dining room. Still, the style is casual, in part because the service is neighborhood-bar friendly. "We're sort of the back-end of the gardens," executive chef Frank Perko said.
April 22, 2002 |
If you yearn to visit England but don't want to journey across the "pond," Alison Black has a solution. In December, the native of Kingston-on-Thames opened Mulberry Tearooms, a restaurant at 60 S. Main St. in Medford that looks like an English outpost right down to the nine tea varieties, scones, shortbreads, cream meringues and pasties (a potato and cheese concoction) on the menu; the china tea cups on the sideboard; and a de rigueur picture of the queen on the wall. Queen Victoria, that is. For a picture of her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth at her coronation in 1952, you'll have to visit the restroom.
February 9, 2006 |
When, in the course of eating my way through a holiday, it becomes necessary to have dessert, I always go for the chocolate. Dark, rich, imported chocolate - served up liquidy for dipping, baked buttery in cake, squared and stuffed with nuts. Let Thanksgiving keep its pumpkin pie. Christmas can take back the fruitcake. Easter candy's for kids. Chocolate is the raison d'etre on Valentine's Day - an otherwise brutal holiday that demands not just a date but a sweetheart, not just dinner but a romantic interlude, not a mere sweater but red lingerie with a matching edible thong.
November 29, 1990 |
It's the first house Jane Dobkin has ever built. Instead of bricks and mortar, though, she used flour, shortening, ginger, lots of frosting, toasted nuts, ice cream cones and chocolate. Dobkin is one of four Main Line chefs who will be among 25 from the Philadelphia area to cook up gingerbread houses for a culinary contest and benefit called "Dreams Can Come True" at The Shops at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Judging starts at 11 a.m. today, the winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Dobkin, a pastry chef at La Fourchette in Wayne, said hers is a traditional design.