January 31, 2001 |
If your grandfather made wine in the basement, there's a good chance that his favorite grape was Grenache. It's a red grape from France's Southern Rhone Valley that fruits abundantly in California. Left unpruned, it makes a lot of high-sugar fruit on the vine and a lot of money for its growers. But a profitable grape isn't necessarily a delicious one; in this country at least, Grenache has been a fine-wine flop. Americans loved it for its ability to make a lot of juice in hot conditions.
January 13, 1993 |
Few "creamy" salad dressings actually contain real cream - defined as top milk with a very high butterfat content - but they're creamed with excess calories and cholesterol nonetheless. The "creaminess" often comes from the combination of eggs and oil, whipped into an emulsion. Mayonnaise is the prime example of the thick creamy texture that results when egg yolk is whipped into oil. So much oil, in fact, the mayonnaise is much heavier in calories than even the heaviest heavy cream: nearly 100 calories a tablespoon, double the calories of cream, which weighs in at 52 calories a tablespoon.
August 14, 1991 |
HARVESTING BARGAINS You can expect to find bargains on fresh vegetables through the rest of the summer and into fall. So say government and private analysts after a U.S. Labor Department report that wholesale prices for tomatoes, lettuce and snap beans had fallen by more than 30 percent in July. Retail produce managers say lower shelf prices are just taking hold. HEALTHY TRENDS Households with children spend more food money on milk and sweets than anyone else. And higher-income families spend more on fish, cheese and butter.
October 30, 1987 |
Beginning a four-night engagement at the Valley Forge Music Fair last night, Julie Andrews unveiled a classy musical act that was elaborate in its autobiographical concept but rather reserved in its execution. Comedian Brian Allen of television's Real People warmed up the crowd with a series of innocuous routines, including the perilous details of living alone. "In my refrigerator," he said, "I have roquefort cheese . . . used to be cheddar. " Then, after the orchestra had played an overture of her best-known tunes, Andrews began her first concert in eight years.
March 26, 1986 |
New clothes and joyous holidays are only some of the pleasures promised and fulfilled by the season of vernal rebirth. The dedicated food lover knows that the year's greatest culinary joys are to be found in the annual early arrivals of spring's finest offerings: strawberries and asparagus. Budgets may be slightly dented by these out-of-state crops, but four people can still revel in an affordable feast that matches the excellence of the earth's bounty. Our dishes are easy to prepare, from ingredients available in local supermarkets, at a total cost of less than $15. Here is this month's menu: Roquefort Bouillon Chicken Piccante Asparagus Spears Pasta Pimento Chilled Strawberry Cream All items used in preparing this meal were checked for price and availability in a Philadelphia-area Thriftway market.
November 8, 2007
Saturday, Nov. 10 Women in Wine, tastings, auction and a cook-off. Lorraine Bracco ( The Sopranos ) and Peggy Fleming (Olympic gold medalist) are among 24 guest winemakers. Chefs Michael Schulson (Style Network's "Pantry Raid") and Geoffrey Zakarian (New York's Town & Country restaurants) will compete Iron Chef-style, with Ricki Lake and Robin Leach hosting, and foods by chefs Michael Mina, Thaddeus DuBois and more. For Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Atlantic County Women's Center.
March 9, 1990 |
Flirtatious Frenchmen and fabulously flaky pastries - what more could a person want in a cafe? How about soups, sandwiches and cheese plates, too? Or a little night music? How about a night-owl-friendly schedule that keeps it open till midnight? Cheap Eats says "Je t'adore" to the Caribou Cafe on Walnut Street, a very pleasant, very French place to stop before or after a show at the Forrest Theater. Or any time, for that matter. Applause is in order because there are not nearly enough places for civilized after-theater coffee and dessert.
May 10, 1995 |
You don't need a recipe to tell you how to drizzle a little olive oil on a slab of French bread, cover it with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, broccoli, walnuts and black pepper, and heat it up. But you'd probably never be tempted to try such a combination. After all, how good could a five-, OK, a six-ingredient sandwich, without meat, without mayonnaise and without mustard, taste? Incredibly good. Gorgonzola cheese (or a substitute such as Roquefort or a good-quality domestic blue)
August 23, 2012
The Polish American Cultural Center Museum (308 Walnut St., 215-922-1700) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with Polish food, sold Wednesday through Friday, noon-3 p.m. Pierogies, kielbasa and Polish water ice are on the menu. The museum's free and open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. REX 1516 (1516 South St., 267-319-136) has a new bar-bites menu served daily, 5-7 p.m. Grab some bargain brews as well, such as Newbold IPA, $3; and Ballast Point IPA, $6. Put those tomatoes to use in a fresh salsa you'll learn to make during "Foodie Friday" at the Philadelphia Hortical Society Pop Up Garden (1905 Walnut St.)