April 20, 2004 |
By the time Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. got around to inviting the Black Eyed Peas back on stage and asking the crowd at the Electric Factory to prepare for "the craziest party in history," the party was almost over. Along with Chad Hugo, Williams is half of the Neptunes, the most successful production team in current pop, with hits for artists ranging from Britney Spears to Busta Rhymes. With N.E.R.D. - an acronym for No One Ever Really Dies - Williams, Hugo and rapper Shae get to play at being rock stars.
April 2, 2004 |
What a relief! The lilacs are budding, the forsythia and willows delicately paint touches of yellow into the landscape. Bunches of daffodils bloom their little hearts out in a sheltered corner. The groundhog was too accurate this year. The onion snows came, but the onions weren't there to welcome them. My Lancaster County aunt, gone now for decades, never failed to head for the garden on St. Patrick's Day come rain, snow, sleet or hail to make sure those onions and peas were properly planted.
March 25, 2004 |
1Start with the right size. Whether you're installing something simple like a window box or planning to pose a prodigious posse of ponderously pretty pots 'pon your porch, BIGGER IS BETTER! (Sorry, guys - but all those e-mails you've been getting are true.) The larger your containers, the less you'll have to worry about them drying out quickly during dry spells. And hey - you'll be able to fit more stuff inside of them too; that's always a plus. 2Ixnay on soil from the gardenay.
August 8, 2003 |
The Black Eyed Peas' new CD, Elephunk, sounds like a nonstop party mix. But according to Taboo, one of the group's three MCs, it is "the most personal and intimate" release yet for the unpredictable Los Angeles hip-hop collective. "We experienced a lot of personal issues [during the recording], like breakups," Taboo says on the phone from the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, where the Peas are opening the Justified and Stripped Tour headlined by Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. Consider "Anxiety," a track recorded with metal mongers Papa Roach.
December 31, 2000 |
Black-eyed peas, a staple in Southern diets for more than 300 years, have many names. They were originally called cowpeas, since they were widely used as cattle feed. They were brought to the West Indies from Africa, and by the 1700s were being grown extensively in Georgia. Hoppin' John, a humble dish that uses black-eyed peas and rice, has traditionally been associated with good luck when served on New Year's Day. It is widely held that this simple dish can be traced to slaves in Charleston, S.C., and on nearby rice plantations.
October 1, 2000 |
Stir-frying is perhaps the best-known of the Chinese cooking methods. It involves quick cooking over high heat in a small amount of oil and stirring the food frequently during the process. Stir-frying can be done in a wok or in any large, nonstick frying pan. Although you can use an ordinary frying pan, it won't cook as fast or keep the vegetables as crisp as cooking in a wok would. I prefer to use a heavy gauge, 14-inch stir-fry pan that features the sloping sides of the typical wok. A pan of this size is similar to the wok in that the heat concentrates at the bottom of the pan and the curved sides allow you to push cooked ingredients to cooler areas.
April 6, 2000 |
Temple against Memphis in a home-and-home basketball series. John Chaney and John Calipari, together again. "I saw him out at the Final Four," Chaney said yesterday. "He walked up and choked me. " Temple and Memphis, which recently hired Calipari, are talking about a series that would include a game at Memphis next season with a return date at the Liacouras Center in 2001-02. "He was interested, but he had not yet sat down to see what had been scheduled," Chaney said.
March 12, 2000 |
If there ever was any question about the growing popularity of Indian cuisine in our region, take a look at Ardmore, which has three Indian restaurants within a few blocks of each other. While that's a terrific development, only one of the three - Khajuraho in Ardmore Plaza on Greenfield Avenue - has exceptional food. The two others - Taste of India next to the movie house and the newer Bombay Grill almost directly across Lancaster Avenue - offer decent but boring, watered-down dishes.
November 14, 1999 |
Enticing aromas from a hearty, nourishing meal warm the soul. Even the most jaded diner will recall the soothing pleasure and gracious welcome of toothsome one-dish meals. Among the many "comfort foods" rooted in the traditional American kitchen, a steaming bowl of split-pea soup or hearty chili can invoke much soul-satisfying nostalgia. Soups can be the most filling and satisfying of comfort foods, especially as the temperature begins to drop. They are hot and hearty, but all too often they are also high in fat, calories and unnecessary cholesterol.
October 31, 1999 |
The same oil industry that 10 years ago accidentally sullied the Atlantic coast's largest heron sanctuary here is engineering a solution that promises to cordon off the wildlife habitat from future spills. An environmental consortium financed by refineries and other industries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware began positioning a five-mile ring of 50 buoys last week around Pea Patch Island. The Delaware Bay and River Cooperative says that in event of a spill, it can string foam booms between all the buoys within eight hours, enveloping the island's shoreline and blocking oil slicks.