May 16, 1993 |
I pulled the farmer's banged-up pickup truck into the heavy stream of tourist traffic, cutting off station wagons and Range Rovers. I was headed to a dock at the harbor to pick up a shipment of Florida corn, bananas, peaches and tomatoes - crops that the farmer I was working for either didn't grow or that simply weren't ready in early July on this island, but that he nonetheless wanted to have available at his farm produce stand. I was here with my fiancee for a few days on what was kind of an indentured servant's holiday.
June 17, 1994 |
The strawberry patch at the S-Berry Farm in Frederick, Montgomery County, last weekend was not exactly a scene of bucolic calm. There was a traffic jam in front of the wooden stand where cashiers stood at the ready. Amateur pickers out for a day of agricultural sport ravaged the patch with the single-mindedness of bargain-hunters at a going-out-of-business sale. Crushed berries - likely the rejects of these picky pickers - littered the well-trodden rows between plants. "I've hit the jackpot!"
June 15, 1989 |
After a heavy workout with the weights, Hal Kaplan reaches for a couple of cold ones from the fridge. No, not beer. Not soda or even Gatorade. Peas. It used to be corn, but corn is too lumpy. He tried plain ice, but that was too messy. Peas are just right. So after each workout, the 62-year-old weightlifter grabs a couple of 16- ounce bags of frozen peas from the freezer and puts them on his aching shoulders. Kaplan's shoulders have been slowly degenerating since an overactive thyroid turned the 6-footer into 140 pounds of skin and bones a dozen years ago. Since then, Kaplan has upped his weight to 205 pounds, expanded his chest from 38 inches to 49 1/2 . . . and has shouldered more bags of frozen peas than the Jolly Green Giant.
December 27, 1995 |
Beans and rice are especially loved in the American South and in Caribbean countries. Red beans and rice are popular in Louisiana; black beans and rice appear often on the tables of Cuba and Puerto Rico; and pink beans with rice are a classic match in other Caribbean islands. These pairings not only taste great, but they make perfect nutritional sense, as the protein of the rice completes that of the beans. A dish of beans and rice can be a satisfying, healthful entree, as both ingredients contain virtually no fat and are cholesterol-free.
May 20, 1992 |
Dear Polly: One day, I ran out of plastic containers to freeze some leftovers. I looked into the freezer to see what I could take out and use. Then it occurred to me to take the size container I needed, remove the contents (frozen), and rewrap in foil to return to the freezer. I then had a container to use for my new food to be frozen. Now my containers are unlimited. - Carole Dear Polly: A recent suggestion about slightly warming leftover cat food was a good one. However, it won't go far enough to please that finicky cat. Cat food should be removed from the can before storing in the fridge; I use recycled cream-cheese containers.
December 23, 1986 |
Regular daily meals for the needy at Camden's Neighborhood Center, in the city's southwestern section at 278 Kaighn Ave., were brightened with special holiday touches yesterday as families enjoyed turkey, ham, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, peas, tuna salad and dessert. The food was provided by volunteer staff members of the Camden County Board of Social Services, in cooperation with the Camden County Community Agencies. Three hundred families were expected to participate.
June 7, 2007 |
This salad is an easy meal to make and serve in 30 minutes or less. It also is perfect picnic fare, conveniently made ahead, marinated for up to 24 hours, and served chilled. Shrimp Salad With Sugar Snap Peas Makes 4 to 6 servings 1. For the vinaigrette, in blender, puree the cilantro, scallions, vinegar, honey, cumin, lime (reserve the squeezed halves) and garlic. With blender on, add the oil in a slow, steady stream. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
March 11, 1992 |
Pasta primavera, so popular in the '80s, seems to have been relegated to the back burner along with blackened redfish. That's a shame, because this dish of pasta with peas, asparagus and cheese is well-suited to today's high-carbohydrate eating. To revive the basic idea, here is a risotto primavera. The mixture of vegetables, cheese and starch is the same. However, the creamy texture of arborio rice makes the dish seem even richer. One of the advantages of the original primavera was speed.
June 3, 2011
Growing up, I firmly believed two things. First, I would one day be the starting power forward for the Philadelphia 76ers. Second, vegetables are bad. As I've gotten older, I've realized I lack both the height and the array of post moves to make it as an NBA starter. But the years have only affirmed my instincts about vegetables. The herbivore camp will point to the various health benefits of consuming leaves, stems, and roots. But these pale compared with the emotional, physical, and monetary costs.
March 12, 2009
Happy St. Patty's Day Simple is better. Ask chef Ben McNamara what goes into his luxuriously rich shepherd's pie at St. Stephen's Green, the Fairmount pub, and he's a bit incredulous at the suggestion that it's more than it is. How fancy can it get? He starts with mirepoix (carrot, celery, onion), adds 90-percent-lean ground sirloin, roux, tomato paste, beef stock and peas. Then he pipes fresh potatoes whipped with heavy cream and butter on top. - Michael Klein Shepherd's pie ($12)