July 21, 2011 |
Tuesday's attempted pieing of Rupert Murdoch during his testimony to the House of Commons was an outrage. As it was meant to be. It was also a failure. The assailant, stand-up comic Jonathan May-Bowles, or "Jonnie Marbles," got more shaving cream on himself than on Murdoch. He was restrained by bystanders, including Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng, who has emerged a heroine, a stand-up woman. May-Bowles has emerged with shaving cream on his face. (He was charged Wednesday with "behavior causing harassment, alarm or distress in a public place.
November 14, 1990 |
If you want to serve a memorable Thanksgiving dinner, but are afraid of breaking with tradition, get creative with dessert. Purists may demand a token pumpkin pie, but experimentation is more likely to be tolerated at the meal's finale than it is if you start messing around with the main course. Most families want, indeed demand, turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, etc. And while they may put up with one exotic vegetable dish, there's likely to be a mutiny if you try substituting couscous for cornbread stuffing, or kumquats for cranberries.
April 23, 2001 |
This is a poem made of quotations from George W. Bush. They have been arranged, for aesthetic reasons only, by Washington Post writer Richard Thompson. I think we all agree, the past is over. This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental losses. Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning? Will the highways of the Internet become more few? How many hands have I shaked? They misunderestimate me. I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
January 11, 2009 |
It was a recent tour of Pennsylvania Dutch (which is to say, German) household objects at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chiefly a wall of 200-year-old fired-clay pie plates, that put me in mind of sharp-tongued Verna Dietrich. The guide had taken care to note that these particular plates, etched with tulips and stags and Prussian-ish double-headed birds, were show pieces, most likely delivered with a pie on board, but not used in their daily baking. The more utilitarian pieces typically didn't last: Pennsylvania's early German settlers were so smitten with pie - with the bountiful fruit trees and farms of their own - that they could apparently down a pie or two with every meal.
November 20, 2015 |
Magnificent Maple If you're looking to pick up pies or baked goods for your Thanksgiving feast, it's worth checking out the offerings at the Little Bird Cafe in Queen Village, the new bakery from pastry chef Jessica Nolen, wife of Jeremy, the team behind Brahaus Schmitz and Whetsone Tavern. From classic apple pie and brownies to her specialties of lemon meringue cheesecake and apple strudel, she offers a large variety of sweets as well as savories. We especially loved her maple custard pie, with a rich and creamy maple filling we couldn't stop eating.
May 1, 1993 |
How loose are these Phils? Loose enough that Pete Incaviglia, sitting in front of the dugout for a television interview, was the victim of a sneak, pie-in-the-face attack by Curt Schilling before last night's game. Schilling tiptoed from behind and - splat! Boys will be boys, especially when they're leading the league. Still, Incaviglia had plenty to be happy about. He could raise his right arm again, the stiffness resulting from his Wednesday night collision with Mickey Morandini having disappeared.
October 18, 2011 |
Over at the Society Hill Playhouse the other night, Tom Tansey had his lines memorized. They were not many, but his role was a critical one. "This is your ticket for the show," he said, with a practiced cadence, adding quickly: "We're not quite done with you yet. " Then the narrative turn: "This is your ticket for your pie, which you can get right behind me. " And the denouement: "This is your ticket for your pint, which you can...
May 18, 1994 |
This spring, a nice Key lime pie would really hit the spot. To make Key lime pie, you'll need some Key limes. As the name would suggest, this citrus fruit is grown in the Florida Keys, as well as in Mexico and the rest of the Caribbean. In fact, the production of Key lime juice is the major industry on the small island of Dominica. There are at least eight factories that extract Key lime juice and export it to England, where it is bottled by I. Rose & Co. as the world-famous Rose's Lime juice.
November 19, 1986 |
Watch the squirrels, fat as cats, cramming in one more calorie, searching out the last acorn, hoarding before the onslaught of winter. Seeds, grains, even a scrap of bark will do in a pinch, but the real prize is a nut. A walnut, chestnut, acorn or filbert, packed with protein, starchy sweet and rich with the most fragrant oils in nature. Nuts are treasure chests of flavor and nutrition. We're doing it, too - stockpiling reserves in the larder and a few extra pounds 'round the middle before winter hits.
November 19, 2009 |
Every year the pumpkin parade arrives earlier - before Labor Day, even, the fluffy pumpkin lattes and baseball mitt-size pumpkin muffins emerge on cue from behind coffee bar counters. Limited-edition pumpkin ales follow, along with sweet-smelling doughnuts and seasonally confusing ice creams. And before long, chunky cans of purees are lining supermarket aisle-end displays, seductively promising smooth-as-silk pies. Yet for all of our pumpkin fetishizing, we tend to take this humble cucurbit for granted, forgetting that it is also real food.