July 26, 2012 |
You can't ask for more color or crunch, with relatively little effort. A quick combination of peanut butter, soy sauce, and hot water creates just enough sauce to coat the vegetables and chicken. Chicken Stir-Fry With Mango and Peanut Sauce 4 or 5 servings Water 3 medium carrots 6 or 7 scallions 2 cups sugar snap peas 1 Champagne mango 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 11/2 pounds) 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon fresh pepper 1 tablespoon canola oil 3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1. Boil a kettle of water.
January 21, 2010 |
GIRL SCOUT cookies are not just for snacks. For one thing, they can be used to create some rather surprising dishes, such as Peanut Thai Chicken. For another, this annual ritual is the largest girl-led business in the country, providing many youngsters with their first taste of entrepreneurship. Locally, the sale, which began last month and continues through March 7, has a goal of selling 4 million boxes in 2010. Sounds like a lot of shortbread Trefoils, but consider that the nine-county Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania region moved 3.8 million last year.
October 17, 2008 |
Foodie blogs have been hot on Hardena, an authentic Indonesian restaurant on Hicks Street near Morris, in South Philly. It's described as a veritable hole-in-the-wall with an atmosphere that makes you feel as if you are in someone's Indonesian home. I decided to give it a try. But first, I wanted to make a related stop a little farther south, on Snyder near 17th, for the new Indonesia Restaurant. After several years of operation in Chinatown, Indonesia relocated to its present location.
October 17, 2008 |
Foodie blogs have been hot on Hardena, an authentic Indonesian restaurant on Hicks Street near Morris, in South Philly. It's described as a veritable hole-in-the-wall with an atmosphere that makes you feel as if you are in someone's Indonesian home. I decided to give it a try. But first, I wanted to make a related stop a little farther south, on Snyder near 17th, for the Indonesia Restaurant. After several years of operation in Chinatown, Indonesia relocated to its present location.
March 20, 2008
Here are a few recipes from World Cafe Live Chef Matthew Babbage. The spicy chicken dish was served for a Todd Rundgren show, while the bisque went down easy when the Subdudes were in town. When Canadian Dancehall Queen Simone performed here, smoked turkey wings and collard greens were on the menu. ROCKIN' CHILI PEPPER CHICKEN WITH PEANUT SAUCE One 2 1/2-3 pound chicken, backbone removed and wing tips cut off 1 cup chili oil with ground red pepper (recipe below)
August 16, 2007
Here are some Indonesian dishes to try. CHICKEN SATAY 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized chunks 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 2 teaspoons sweet soy sauce Marinate the chicken in the soy sauce and garlic for about an hour. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 15 minutes. Thread chicken onto skewers. Cook the chicken over hot charcoal or gas grill until just tender, about 8 minutes. Serve immediately with peanut dipping sauce. Makes 10 skewers. PEANUT SAUCE 1/2 cup soy sauce 3 tablespoons rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon hot chili paste 3 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 cloves garlic 2 kaffir lime leaves, or 1 teaspoons lime zest cup roasted peanuts Salt to taste Add all ingredients to a food processor and process to make a paste.
June 14, 1996 |
In 1984, when I first reviewed Alisa Cafe, Ivan DeJesus was the Phillies' shortstop, Leonard Tose owned the Eagles and Wilson Goode was mayor of Philadelphia. Tony Kanjanakorn was churning out wonderful French-Thai cuisine in a compact, unlikely Upper Darby storefront location. It is comforting to report that neither Kanjanakorn's sunshine smile nor his cooking skills have diminished a dozen years later. The restaurant still is jammed on Fridays and Saturdays with Kanjanakorn's loyalists, swirling and sipping the expensive wines they have brought with them, matching them with Alisa's tried-and-true menu.
April 24, 1996 |
The Amara Cafe, a snug Thai restaurant on the fringe of Center City, is one of those magical little places, full of pleasant surprises. The ceiling is low, and the hardwood floors are bare except for a narrow runner of carpet, yet it's not noisy. The lunch menu is a simple cardboard rectangle, yet there are 55 - count 'em, 55 - choices. It might be the best $6.95 lunch east of Las Vegas. Prices go up at dinner, when the formica tabletops are covered with beige and turquoise linen to match the tiny restaurant's soothing color scheme.
January 10, 1993 |
Americans love peanuts. According to the National Peanut Council, we consumed 260 million pounds in 1991 - and the amount for 1992 is expected to be larger. Plain or fancy, like a basic black dress, the peanut is as comfortable at the ballpark as it is at a cocktail party. A native American legume, peanuts are an excellent source of vegetable protein, and although they are high in fat, they contain no cholesterol. American children adore peanut butter sandwiches, but there's no reason to limit your peanut cookery to sandwiches.