July 23, 2016 |
Charles Busch - a man - is perhaps not the most obvious casting choice for a Rosalind Russell-type nun. But since he wrote The Divine Sister , a comedic homage to Hollywood nuns, opening at the Bucks County Playhouse, we're willing to overlook gender. Why is this play so special to you? I hadn't had a critical success in a while, so I forgot what was it like. One line from the Times review, it was quite lovely, said it was my "freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades.
October 11, 2013 |
AFTER a long day, who hasn't stumbled into the grocery store without the faintest idea of what to put on the table, when suddenly the tempting whiff of a freshly roasted chicken puts everything into perspective? Rotisserie chicken is great served on its own, but it lends itself to so many dinner options. We've counted 25 of them here. These aren't formal recipes but guidelines you can tweak to suit your family's tastes or your cupboard's contents. Most can be made in an hour or less.
July 21, 2011 |
Hundreds of thousands of dollars went to develop Speck, a sleek space in the Piazza at Schmidt's in Northern Liberties that imploded in a clash of will and ego just before it opened. And in walked restaurateur Tony Rim to lease it as Raw at the Piazza (1050 N. Hancock St., 215-351-5850). Rim, who owns Raw Sushi & Sake Bar at 1225 Sansom St. and the Corner at 13th and Chancellor Streets (with another on the way at 1710 Sansom St.), says he's using only a fraction of Speck's never-used high-tech equipment.
September 4, 2008
From: Gonzalez, John To: Ford, Bob; Sheridan, Phil Subject: Fantasy I debated whether to tell the two of you this, but I'm going to take a chance: I have my fantasy draft this evening. So, wondering if either of you have sleeper picks for me. Also, we have room for a couple of extra teams if either of you want in. As I re-read this e-mail, asking you guys for "fantasy advice" is probably one of the dumber ideas I've had in a while - which, considering I recently took a newspaper job as the industry crumbles, is saying something.
October 5, 2005 |
In the 1950s, a New York sportswriter named Jimmy Cannon produced, every few weeks or so, a column that began, "Nobody asked me, but . . . . " He'd delight readers with 20 or so nuggets - mostly his opinion on sports but occasionally on other topics as well. So, with respect and reverence to the memory of Jimmy Cannon, nobody asked me, but . . . In the interest of truth, shouldn't all those "reality shows" on television be renamed "alleged reality shows"? Why can't I pay attention to what a television newscaster is saying while the ticker crawls across the bottom of the screen?
August 29, 1999 |
Grandpa Larry really knew good fried chicken when he had it. Every year, on the way down to Florida from Detroit on the new interstate, my grandparents would make a point of stopping at this great place in Corbin, Ky. And then one year Grandpa met the owner, an ebullient white-haired man who in the 1950s was selling franchises at a nickel for every chicken the restaurants sold. Secret spices sealed the deal. And so, Larry LaBan, the dry-cleaning man, went into the bird business with Colonel Harland D. Sanders, becoming Michigan's first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee.
March 24, 1995 |
HOWE ON THE FENCE: Move over, Lenny Dykstra. The union now can take aim at Yankees reliever Steve Howe, who told the New York Daily News he is thinking about crossing the imaginary picket line. "Right now, I'm looking at it, and trying to be very well-informed as to what's going on in these talks," said Howe, citing his ongoing battle with drug addiction and need for a structured lifestyle. "If and when I have to make that decision, no matter what, the union will know, the Yankees will know, my teammates will know.
August 14, 1994 |
Thanks to fast-food chains, supermarkets and other food sources that tout the flavor of simple rotisserie-cooked chicken, people can enjoy a bird that hasn't been in the deep fryer. However, home cooks aren't likely to prepare rotisserie chicken because of the equipment involved (although the makers of the Farberware Smokeless Indoor Grill and Rotisserie report that its sales are up). But since grills are a part of the summer landscape, grilling is another delicious and easy alternative to frying chicken.
August 8, 1994 |
From the United Nations to Haverford Square - that's the route Javad "Jay" Vafa and his wife, Simeen, pursued to find success as proprietors of three gourmet shops featuring ethnic favorites, breads, soups, coffees, cheeses and deli items. The career change, from rubbing elbows with some of the world's diplomats to waiting on nameless customers, might be seen as a step down in status. But for Vafa, 71, and his wife, 61, the change has been rewarding. "After my term as an adviser with the U.N.," Jay Vafa said, "we were thinking of what we wanted to do. At our ages then, no companies were going to hire us. It was in the 1980s and there was a recession on and we had to start a business that required little capital and a product in demand by the public.
April 27, 1994 |
Every day, KFC sells $2 million worth of chicken that bears Col. Harland D. Sanders' name, but not his recipe. The product is a three-pound spit-roasted bird called Colonel's Rotisserie Gold; the man behind it is John Marsella, a stubborn KFC franchisee who spent two years trying to convince corporate executives they would strike gold with his version of unfried chicken. The Churchville, Bucks County, resident doesn't have the name recognition Sanders does. But in seven months' time, Marsella has made KFC - best known for fried chicken - a major player in the rotisserie chicken league.