July 29, 1998 |
PEAS, PLEASE Compulsively follow directions? Stifle yourself next time you pull out the frozen peas. Sure, the directions on the bag tell you to boil them. But think about it: Those tiny, defenseless spheres already were cooked before freezing - why do you want to cook them again? Here's what you do, according to "Vegetables: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking" ($35, William Morrow and Company): Thaw, then heat briefly in butter, olive oil or a little broth.
March 6, 1988 |
I welcome March with mixed feelings. On one hand, I'm delighted at the prospect of planting peas, setting out onions and, toward the end of the month, starting some tender crops inside. On the other hand, I know the beginning of gardening season signals the end of any spare weekend time for other pursuits. Before you get ambitious this month and dig up the whole yard to hold all those luscious plants you've seen in seed catalogues, think about your leisure time. There's nothing worse than a beautiful garden in May that is a wreck by August because you can't get around to weeding or harvesting.
November 11, 1993 |
QUOTE "Gossip has been around since the beginning of time. It's like the 12th Commandment, 'Thou shalt gossip about everyone. " - Richard Gere OH, PLEASE PASS MY BARF BAG! The only weak endorsement that we can give the new "Rock and Roll Cookbook" is to say that it's for a good cause. This compendium from General Publishing Group sells for $15, and you'll be helping the National Music Foundation, an old-age stopoff before rockers join that great Buddy Holly band in the sky. We would advise staying away from Devo's Chocolava Stump Logs, created from carry-out chicken logs and Bosco chocolate syrup; all they prove is that some people still smoke a lot of dope.
May 31, 1992 |
When it comes to the restaurant in the northwest corner of the Marlton Crossing Shopping Center, the more things change, the more they are the same. The new Morry's Restaurant-Deli is the third Jewish delicatessen at this spot, following in the footsteps of Posh Nosh and DeliLicious. Morry's cuisine is passably decent, although the only apparent culinary difference from the two prior operations is the addition of an on-the-cheap salad-pasta bar; even the decor is essentially unchanged.
June 30, 1999 |
Rice is the perfect accompaniment for a variety of wonderfully spicy foods, stews or soups. But even this perfect plain food needs a little zest every now and then. Lucky for the desperate cook, rice is easy to alter. A little change here and a small addition there, and we've got a whole new recipe to enjoy. In today's recipe, we've used a flavorful combination of reduced-fat coconut milk and water with chicken bouillon crystals and allspice for zip. Instant (5-minute) rice makes a quickie pilaf even faster, since it only has to steam for five minutes.
March 2, 1986 |
March can be a tantalizing month for gardeners. The seeds have been ordered, the garden has been planned, and now we are held captive indoors by heavy rains or maybe even snow. Instead of fretting, turn the housebound time to good use. Sow seeds inside and follow a couple of tips from Nancy Greenwood of Wayne. Long an ardent gardener, Greenwood likes to get the earliest harvest possible from spring vegetables. For instance, she started cole crops in late February, but it is not too late to plant them now. Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are the earlybirds in this family, and Greenwood sows seeds of each variety under lights in her basement.
September 27, 2007 |
He dreamt up one of the world's biggest groups (Black Eyed Peas), penned and produced songs for some of the top albums of the last year (from Justin Timberlake, the Pussycat Dolls, John Legend and Fergie). And this week he released his first true solo CD, tagged with the populist title "Songs About Girls" and festooned with the shiny-sounding hit "You Know What It Is. " So why does the juggernaut that is Will.i.am sound so irked? Give him a second and he'll explain - heatedly.
September 11, 2009 |
Trashy gossip blogger Perez Hilton has had an auspiciously controversial 2009 to date. To start, there was the Miss USA 2009 pageant, for which Hilton served as a judge. During the question-and-answer session, he prodded Carrie Prejean, Miss California USA, into revealing her faith-based response to his same-sex marriage question. Later, he added a little salsa by dissing Prejean's remarks. Then there was the incident where he allegedly got socked by Polo Molina, an operations manager for Black Eyed Peas, after allegedly calling Peas front man will.
February 28, 1992 |
A nice thing about Mara Bros. Trattoria Ristorante is that even in the dead of winter it can make you feel as if it's spring. Aromas of fresh sauces float through the dining room, and the different dishes form a sunny, colorful pastiche. Cozy is the key dining word here; the small room seats about 25. A sloping mansard-like ceiling - bolstered by large, wooden planks separated by colorful stone and mirrored glass - lends a contrived but rustic country look. Taped Italian folk music adds to the charm.
March 2, 1988 |
Dear Polly: Can rosemary be grown indoors? - V.K.D. Dear V.K.D.: Rosemary certainly can be grown indoors. Fresh rosemary is such a delightful cooking herb that I think everyone who has an indoor herb garden should give it a try. It may also be grown outdoors in warm climates or outdoors in a pot during the summer in cool climates, then brought indoors for the winter. I've grown rosemary from seed, but it takes several months to get a good- sized plant that way. It can easily be grown from cuttings or root divisions for faster results.