January 9, 2000 |
Most of us settle these days for store-bought cakes, either for lack of time or because of the intimidation factor: What if my cake is a failure? But there is something so satisfying about mixing together a few basic ingredients and transforming them into a delightful creation that smells great and tastes even better. Old-fashioned pound cake is a good choice because both method and ingredients are simple. It's rich enough to need no icing and simple enough even for super-conservative children.
May 22, 2003 |
Pound cake is the white sofa of the dessert world: classic and easy to accessorize. And this may be the year for pound cake, just as it is for understated white and neutral home furnishings. If you've avoided pound cakes and are considering a "knock-'em-dead" chocolate extravaganza for your Memorial Day menu, you're missing out on the luscious flavor and texture that an excessive (and essential) amount of butter, sugar and eggs can provide. A well-made pound cake has a texture as fine as $200 bed sheets and a flavor as delicate and rich as silk brocade.
June 1, 2007 |
Dough isn't the only thing rising in Philadelphia's bakeries. Several bakers are fuming over the city's decision to ban trans fats, saying it's no small matter to tweak a cake or cookie recipe with a substitute ingredient, especially a recipe that dates back generations. "My grandfather passed away a couple of years ago, I'm glad he's not alive to witness this," said Mark Stock, a fourth-generation owner of Stock's Bakery in Port Richmond. Stock's pound cake, he says, isn't any old pound cake.
August 31, 1988 |
Q.Is vitamin C completely destroyed when boiling water is poured over it? Does it do any good to drink hot water and lemon juice for a cold, other than just the benefits of drinking something hot? Nancy Sparks APO, N.Y. Q.I bought supplements containing both calcium and vitamin C in one pill, the idea being that vitamin C increases the body's ability to absorb and utilize calcium carbonate. But since vitamin C is an acid and calcium is a base, isn't it possible that they could neutralize each other if some moisture were to get in the jar, therefore making the pill valueless?
September 3, 2003 |
Growing up in Swampoodle 60 years ago, they all had nicknames: Froggy and Scribby, Jackie Prosciutto and Junior Punior, Gooch and Rocky. Theirs was a largely Italian enclave in North Philadelphia, where Sunday meant Latin Mass at St. Mary of the Eternal and early dinners of macaroni and red gravy. They played halfball with a broomstick bat, and their football was a rolled-up newspaper sealed with rubber bands. They were always together - at school, at play, at church - and it seemed as if they never tired of each other.
March 9, 2010
COMEDIAN BILL COSBY has placed the blame for the high rate of incarceration, illiteracy and dropouts among youth squarely on parents. Cosby declined to be interviewed for our story. But here are excerpts from the 2004 speech he delivered during a commemoration of the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education decision. "In our own neighborhood, we have men in prison. No longer is a person embarrassed because they're pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father . . . " "Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic and lower middle economic people are [not]
May 21, 1986 |
Charcoal grilling is a natural for burgers and ribs, a trendy flavor enhancer for seafood and fish. But when it comes to the rest of the meal, most people find that grilling is an unnatural act. Its violent flame scorches the filmy skin of eggplants and runs slipshod over the tender buds of asparagus and broccoli. It can char a green bean beyond recognition and transform a cauliflower into a bouquet of briquettes. Dessert on the grill? It's practically unheard of. There's no little knob for you to turn to set a bed of burning charcoal to a nice, neat 350 degrees.
August 23, 2012 |
Everyone knows Cindy Rollins Hertneck, or someone like her: The baker. You want her at your party. Sure, there's her scintillating conversation, but you are really counting on her to walk through the door with a fabulous cake or batch of signature cookies. Hertneck, a former fourth-grade teacher from Merchantville, tiptoed into a more public role by baking a groom's cake and mini-wedding cakes for her daughter's wedding last November. At the reception, her niece Katie mentioned that she'd be getting married in July and wondered if her aunt would bake her cake.
June 17, 2005 |
Dear Ms. Demeanor: We work for a member of City Council, answering phones, responding to letters and solving problems for constituents. When we solve a problem, constituents often want to show their appreciation in concrete ways, with gifts. Are they all off limits? For example, a senior citizen who we helped solve a problem with her property taxes sent us a thank you note and homemade lemon pound cake. Can we accept the cake? Then, a neighborhood businessman who we helped get a loading zone sent us a $25 gift certificate to thank us. Won't it offend him if we give it back?
June 1, 2012
NEW YORK - As Freddy Galvis stood in front of his locker at Busch Stadium last Friday night and talked about the relay throw that helped save a 5-3 win over the Cardinals, he did so while munching on a slice of pound cake. In all likelihood, he isn't the first player to celebrate a victory with a baked good. For all we know, he finished the cake, went back to the players' cafeteria, and chased a shot of Jameson with a beer. But what we saw was a 22-year-old who looked like he had just been dropped off at the local arcade after an American Legion game.