October 16, 2014 |
For Jean Kintisch of Wayne, Halloween can be a scary time of year - and not in an exciting, haunted-house kind of way. That's because her youngest daughter has nut allergies that make trick-or-treating a potentially life-threatening activity. This year, though, Kintisch may feel a little less frightened, thanks to a campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project that invites people to display a teal-painted pumpkin or a printable flier to notify trick-or-treaters that nonfood treats such as stickers or crayons are available.
October 10, 2014
SPICED CANDIED PECANS 4 cups sugar, divided 3 cups water 1 pound raw pecan halves 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice Heat the oven to 275 degrees. In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups sugar, water and pecans. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook pecans until softened, about 10 minutes. While the pecans are simmering, combine spices in a small bowl, along with the remaining 1 cup sugar.
October 10, 2014 |
IT'S OFFICIALLY fall. And for many, the seasonal change has nothing to do with the weather or a date on the calendar. Fall arrives when Starbucks is once again offering Pumpkin Spice Latte. Never mind that the iconic latte doesn't contain any pumpkin. The signature flavoring is all in the spice blend. And it works. Starbucks has sold more than 200 million of the drinks since its introduction in 2003. The exact blend varies. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Ginger. Allspice. Perhaps a little clove.
September 19, 2014
DON'T ASK for a pint of pumpkin beer at South Street's Brauhaus Schmitz. One of Philly's few bastions of Bavarian beer purity doesn't serve the spice stuff because the Germans already have a perfectly fine autumn beer, thank you. It's Oktoberfestbier, also known as Marzen, that copper-colored beauty, rich in malt with a smooth body for endless guzzling. "Personally, I'm OK with pumpkin beer," Brauhaus Schmitz owner Doug Hager said. "But as a card-carrying German beer snob, we kind of laugh at it. " He's in the minority these days.
March 27, 2014 |
After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last spring, Laura Shepler lost her balance and ended up on the floor at least once a week. Once she tripped over her cane and crashed to the floor, cracking her fingers and tearing muscles in her shoulder. Now, she has a furry means of support always by her side. Her service dog, Pumpkin, used to be a family pet. Now, the 3-year-old golden retriever helps make Shepler's life easier by picking up items and using her body and the harness she wears to keep Shepler steady.
January 6, 2014 |
SOUDERTON A frigid snowstorm was looming, but instead of preparing for the hit, Cranford Coulter was busy chopping carrots, peppers, and fennel inside his Montgomery County home. For the last 25 years, Coulter has been cooking up a massive batch of soup and taking it in Igloo coolers to feed the homeless in Center City. Snow, rain, or heat waves haven't stopped Coulter from giving hot, home-cooked meals to the hungry each week. The city tried to stop him in 2012, but he won that battle.
November 7, 2013 |
ON SATURDAY, Roman Catholic High School senior Hezekiah Trahan will head to Pittsburgh to watch Pitt take on No. 24 Notre Dame at Heinz Field. The University of Pittsburgh already made a scholarship offer to the 6-4, 250-pound defensive end, and Trahan says it could be time to collect. "Yeah, I might sign," he said, sitting in a conference room inside the school's Broad Street campus wearing an even broader smile. "It might be a done deal. " The 18-year-old, who recently received second-team All-Catholic honors, wants it to be a family trip, so the blended bunch will make the nearly 5-hour trek.
October 28, 2013 |
MEDFORD Week after week, the crowds have been showing up at Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford with one goal in mind: finding the perfect pumpkin. Families and schoolchildren exit buses and cars for tractor-drawn hayrides that take them to sprawling fields dotted with plump orange orbs. Their arrival is a rite of autumn for farmer Pete Johnson, who is marking what may be his best pumpkin season ever. "We have a phenomenal crop," said Johnson. "The rains were beneficial; they put size on the pumpkins.
October 12, 2013 |
Watch animals play with and devour pumpkins and other seasonal treats during Beast Feast this weekend at the Philadelphia Zoo. Throughout the day, animals including hippos, bears, leopard cubs, and great apes will be given pumpkins to feast on courtesy of Linvilla Orchards. Guests can watch the animals enjoy their savory treats, some even downing whole large pumpkins in one bite. The beasts will feast every half-hour between 10 a.m and 3:30 p.m. Beast Feast, Saturday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Activities are included in admission, which is $20; $18 ages 2 to 11; free, members and 1 and younger.
September 27, 2013 |
NOTICED anything different - and yet the same - about bakeries and coffee shops lately? Noticed, perhaps, the fancy white lettering on Starbucks' doors spelling "PSL" (for Pumpkin Spice Latte)? Or the extra orange on the already orange shelves of your local doughnut dealer? Surely, driving along Street Road, you couldn't miss the sign outside Warminster's Yum Yum Bake Shop announcing, "The Great Pumpkin Has Arrived!" Fall is here, which means, said Yum Yum GM Donna Conly, "Pumpkin is the new chocolate.