July 26, 2013
Party platter These trays, handcrafted by furniture designer David Rasmussen, are both elegant and funky, made of classic black walnut with just a touch of color around the edges. So they can serve up fancy hors d'oeuvres as well as a pile of hot dogs. Each tray is sold separately, so mix and match. - Michelle Dembo Wud Walnut Platter, 18 by 12 inches, $49.95, at cb2.com Rolled and ready Buttery, smoky Scottish-style salmon is rolled with cream cheese mixed with chives and a hint of lemon to create these pinwheels.
July 8, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - Nightfall is when the camps come to life. Campfires crackle as smoke wafts between tents, while soldiers scoop stew from cast-iron pans. Groups gather in circles as the sun descends, telling stories and singing as lanterns flicker nearby. For many spectators, reenactments are primarily seen as battle exercises, and thousands have been filling grandstands here to watch the twice-daily battles commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. But it is at night, many reenactors say, when the atmosphere in camp shifts to another era, as the excitement and adrenaline of performing in battle are replaced by the timeless allure of a fireside story.
July 5, 2013 |
Southern-style barbecue has long been a passion of mine. On vacation, I've been known to detour for miles for a taste of smoked brisket or pulled pork. But for 15 years, I was forced to live in a state of DIY barbecue denial. There were "no grilling" clauses written into all my Center City leases. The break came when we moved to the suburbs last year. Though the move was too late in the year to start barbecuing right away, I spent the autumn and winter researching how to make authentic barbecue and purchasing the tools I'd need when the weather turned warm.
July 1, 2013
Exposure to tobacco smoke while in the womb can lead to diminished hearing by adolescence, doctors have found in the first study ever to link tobacco use and hearing impairment. The new research by Michael Weitzman and Anil Lalwani of the NYU-Langone School of Medicine suggests compounds in tobacco smoke cross the placenta and harm the auditory system. In the past, doctors have linked low birth weight, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, and recurrent ear infections to both maternal smoking and exposure of the mother to secondhand smoke while pregnant.
July 1, 2013
D EAR ABBY: When we married, we both drank and smoked. My husband quit smoking five years ago, and I have continued to smoke off and on. If he catches me with a cigarette it becomes an argument, and it's either I quit or we're done! I love my husband, but I don't see the big deal if I smoke a cigarette. He sometimes makes me feel like a teenager hiding it from my parents! Any advice? - Closet Smoker in Wisconsin DEAR SMOKER: Surely you know that smoking isn't good for you, and it upsets your husband because he loves you. This is less about a contest of wills than the fact that you are addicted to nicotine and can't stop using.
June 16, 2013
Christopher Fifis, Nick Fifis, and John Fifis are the owners of Ponzio's Diner & Bakery Bar in Cherry Hill Growing up as sons of a first-generation Greek immigrant, we learned early about the value of hard work and family. As the owner of Ponzio's Diner in Cherry Hill, our dad spent almost every day for more than two decades greeting guests and entertaining them with his dry wit and sense of humor. We had dinner at the diner almost every night because our dad was always working, and when we were old enough, he put us to work there, too. On the rare occasion that our dad did take time off for a family vacation, we all piled into the car to head to Wildwood for a week, with Greek music turned up as loud as we could stand.
June 13, 2013 |
SEAN BENSCHOP apparently liked to take it easy before demolishing buildings. The gaunt, wild-haired Benschop sat on a tree stump smoking a marijuana blunt before he hopped into his backhoe to haul bricks and tear down a crumbling North Philadelphia rowhouse a few weeks ago, a neighbor said. Now Benschop is locked up, charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter and related offenses for operating an excavator at the Market Street building collapse last week that killed six and injured 13. Sources said he had marijuana and painkillers in his system that day. Benschop also was in the process of demolishing two rowhouses - one on Page Street in North Philadelphia and one on 63rd Street in West Philly - when he was jailed.
May 30, 2013 |
ROSEDALE, Md. - A CSX freight train crashed into a trash truck and derailed Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb and the explosion that followed rattled homes at least a half-mile away, sending a plume of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles, officials and witnesses said. In the third serious derailment this month, the dozen or so cars, at least one carrying hazardous materials, went off the tracks about 2 p.m. in Rosedale, a Baltimore eastern suburb. A hazardous materials team responded, but Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said at a news conference that no toxic inhalants were being released.
May 25, 2013 |
Smokers are welcome in fewer outdoor places as bans against lighting up in parks and recreational areas are adopted with increasing frequency in the region. Even some beaches are off-limits. Burlington County joined 183 other counties and municipalities in New Jersey on Wednesday when it snuffed out smoking in its parks, according to the Global Advisors Smokefree Policy (GASP), a nonprofit that promotes the trend. In Philadelphia, smoking is prohibited at city playgrounds, pools, and rec centers; New York City extends its ban to sidewalks in some business districts, according to GASP.
May 24, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I was surprised to see you equate a concerned grandmother's creative solution to smoking with bribery in a previous column. The word "bribe" has a negative connotation. What the grandmother did was offer an incentive, not a bribe, that will benefit her grandchildren in the long run. I think the woman should be congratulated. Now for a disclaimer: When my daughter was 14, I came up with the same idea in the form of a wager. I bet her that if she could resist peer pressure and not become a smoker by the time she was 21, I would buy her the dress of her dreams.