April 21, 2004 |
Here are some tasty serving ideas for fresh asparagus: Dipping sauces, such as aioli, horseradish cream and Romesco, offer a nice excuse to eat grilled asparagus spears with your fingers. Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears make an easy after-work snack. If you have time, soften a little cream cheese and spread a dab along the length of each spear before wrapping with prosciutto. Asparagus and smoked salmon on a small bed of baby greens, drizzled with lemon cream dressing, would be good for party menus in April and May. Scatter grated hard-cooked egg and minced fresh parsley over roasted asparagus spears that have been rolled in mustard vinaigrette.
July 26, 1989 |
For a long time, the notion that summertime is when the livin' is easy went hand in hand with the idea that mealtime is when the eating is casual. While we have no quarrel with this pleasant basic concept, we do agree with the late James Beard, who maintained that easy and cool foods can be as elegant and intriguing as their elaborate and hot counterparts. That is why we offer again this month a four-person dinner menu that consists of chilled dishes combined with courses that can be served hot or cold.
September 14, 2012 |
Dine out enough, and you're likely to compile a mental list of your favorite dishes: Dan dan noodles from Han Dynasty, edamame ravioli from Buddakan, linguine with cockles from Paradiso, salade Lyonnaise from Parc. Would it be nice to have the recipes, and maybe the stories behind them? April White, a food writer and communications manager of the Food Trust, offers 50 recipes, including a few cocktails, while putting the Philadelphia dining scene in context in the new cookbook Philadelphia Chef's Table (Lyons Press)
March 21, 2013 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat from March 19: Craig LaBan: Welcome to a special Cheese Head Edition of our weekly Philly Food Chat! We have a special guest this afternoon: Madame Fromage - a.k.a. Tenaya Darlington - an associate English prof at St. Joe's by day; "cheese courtesan" and witty blogger who's penned the forthcoming book Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, to be published in May. Tenaya's in the Inquirer newsroom, with a cheese platter to get us in the groove.
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.