April 26, 1993
Let's see if we can make some sense out of this new version of Washington gridlock, the successful Republican filibuster that skunked President Clinton's economic stimulus plan, the one that would have meant about $70 million for Philadelphia. First, Arlen Specter, the Philadelphia senator who voted with the bad guys, claims to have acted out of principle. But enough humor. This is serious. What we have here is worthwhile projects, things that probably should be done even without considering their economic effect, going undone for naked political reasons.
August 17, 1994
It's what we've come to expect from Congress, especially in the House, where scores of people have been driven mad because they haven't gotten to be chairmen of committees since Ike was a pup. This week's circus has featured many of the Honorables baying at the moon and making the hilarious claim that the president is "partisan," as they plan to oppose him should he declare that the sun rises in the East. After the administration had given the Republicans anything they might want in a crime bill - lots of death penalties, prisons enough to hold the next several generations of Americans and a promise to continue racially skewed executions - flecks of foam remained around their mouths.
June 5, 2003 |
Cantonese-style roast pork is a favorite specialty at Chinese take-outs. Easily identified by its reddish-brown glaze, the pork is tender and succulent. It's ideal as a main course, added to stir-fried rice or noodles, or used as a topping for scrambled eggs or omelettes. Thanks to a fragrant marinade made with simple Asian seasonings, and to slow roasting, home cooks can produce savory results that are a near match for Cantonese "barbecued" pork from Chinese restaurants. Cantonese Roast Pork Makes 4 to 6 servings 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon minced ginger 2 tablespoons minced shallot or green onion 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry (see note)
November 13, 1996 |
Down the road from Grandma Peng and the woman called Old Zhao are 2,500 reasons why Chinese farmers will have to work even harder in the future. Pigs. Zhu Huanxian, 45, has the biggest pig farm in Yangzhen. Before Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms, he worked for the village commune. He became a pig farmer in 1989 and borrowed money to buy his own business this year. His farm supplies pork to the village of Yangzhen, as well as to markets 18 miles away in Beijing. Like all Chinese, Zhu can measure his affluence by mouthfuls of pork.
December 12, 2004
How much pork would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck pork? Woodchucks like Punxsutawney Phil, that legendary meteorological marmot, usually don't eat meat. But that didn't stop Rep. John Peterson (R., Pa.) from lavishing $100,000 worth of federal pork on the groundhog's hometown in Peterson's district, to upgrade a weather museum. With a regularity straight out of the movie Groundhog Day, federal "earmarks" such as this one reappear each appropriations season.
April 12, 1989 |
The National Pork Producers Council has asked retailers to lower retail pork prices and to increase price specials. Don Gingerich, the council's president, said last week that the organization had asked 20 major retailers to reconsider their pricing of pork. Pork is carrying about a 40 percent markup in the meat case, which he said was unfair considering the prices that producers are paid for their hogs. "We are not asking (retailers) to take a loss," but cooperation is needed to avoid damage to producers, Gingerich said.
November 5, 2008
In a state full of bad ideas about how to distribute taxpayers' money, New Jersey's recently revealed "Norcross Grants" stand out. Trenton has had all kinds of creative names for pork distribution - "Property Tax Assistance and Community Development"; "Livable Communities. " There have been colorful nicknames, too. The infamous "Mac account" - conjuring images of a cash machine - referred to then-Treasurer John McCormac, whose department oversaw the fund. But the name "Norcross Grants" - which, for good reasons, was not used in public - tells a plainer and even uglier truth.
January 12, 1991 |
Their little piggies are going to market, but not before they helped their owners make at least a little bit of Farm Show history this week. Two students from the W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences at 7100 Henry Ave. in Philadelphia were honored for raising prize-winning pigs in separate market-hog categories. Robert Corradi, a senior, won a grand champion prize for his Yorkshire pig. Jonathan Monford, also a senior, won the reserve champion award for his pig in the Berkshire division.
June 14, 2012
The chain: California Pizza Kitchen Location: 4040 City Ave. Order time: Leisurely. Price: $13. Company Description: "Slow-roasted pulled pork, red onions, cilantro pesto, Mozzarella and Queso Quesadilla cheese with SPICY habanero salsa. " Calories: 1,170, with 6 grams of fiber, 65 grams of protein, 18 grams of saturated fat, 2,210 mgs. of salt and 118 grams of carbs. Review: CPK has a variety of odd, interesting pizza choices, but the Gang decided to pig out on this new pulled-pork entry.
October 18, 2012 |
I'm pushing chorizo, the in-your-face paprika-laden sausage, to the top of my list of dearly beloved pork products. My only hesitation is a reluctance to betray bacon, for which I had a fervor decades before it was, like cupcakes and balsamic vinegar, marketed into a cliche. Let me note that, after a few minutes of horror, I, too, have rejected as hogwash recent propaganda from a pork advocacy group in England that the world will run short of pork - bacon was stressed in the stories to induce panic and hoarding - next year due to bad weather this year.