May 15, 2015 |
On sunny weekend afternoons, in the shadow of an ornate, golden Buddhist temple, Mifflin Square in South Philadelphia is dotted with charcoal grills, chile-lacquered chicken wings, and thin-sliced fatty beef heavily seasoned with lemongrass sputtering over the coals. Women pound chilies, garlic, and dried shrimp to a paste to season the snappy unripe papaya for the lime-drenched salads they sell to passersby. This is what some people call Cambodia Town, where these authentic street foods sell for $1, and where there's an effort afoot to make the title official.
March 27, 2015 |
As our second cooking class got underway at Roberto Clemente Middle School, I was amazed at how quickly these eighth graders had gotten the hang of things. They filed in, stashed their backpacks, donned their aprons, washed hands, and turned to the recipe. "We're making the winter minestrone today," announced Tatiana Castillo, 13, completely in charge. A new student joined us, our only boy, Raul Camacho, 14, who sports a thick shock of dyed-blue hair and hip black glasses. I wasn't sure what to expect, but he was quiet and serious, and actually a calming addition to our group.
March 13, 2015 |
About a decade ago, when I was living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I found the imported foods in the sterile, Western-style supermarket to be prohibitively expensive, while meals from fragrant, enticing (and questionably hygienic) street carts, market stalls, and roadside restaurants were ridiculously cheap. This meant that, for a fraction of the price of a box of cereal and a carton of ultra-pasteurized, shelf-stable milk, there were bowls of spicy, steaming-hot soup, or stir-fried noodles scrambled with vegetable and eggs, or a savory, egg-y crepe stuffed with fried vegetables and fresh herbs.
February 20, 2015 |
Campbell Soup Co. plans to cut at least $200 million in expenses over the next three years, with a little less than a third of the savings expected to come from an unspecified number of job cuts, the Camden food company said Wednesday at an investors conference in Florida. The savings will amount to 2 percent to 3 percent of the company's annual revenue and provide money for expansion in product areas that are growing faster than its legacy soups, sauces, and beverages that are sold in the center aisles of supermarkets, the company said.
February 2, 2015 |
Much has changed around Fitler Square over the last quarter century, from the blossoming of Schuylkill River Park to a high-end housing boom and the arrival of trendy new dining options and $4 pour-over coffee. But one thing that has remained a constant: Café Lutécia, the cozy 25-seat cafe at 23d and Lombard that serves French home cooking for breakfast and lunch - warm quiche, fresh salads, soulful soups, and baguettes stuffed with pâté - not to mention the neighborhood's best gossip.
January 31, 2015 |
Campbell Soup Co. has shuffled top executives and said it would "proceed on a reorganization of Campbell's corporate functions to deliver agile and effective support to the business divisions, and on a major project to reexamine and redesign the company's cost structure. " In its announcement Thursday, the Camden company, whose gross profit margin has steadily eroded in recent years, provided no specifics on targets for cutting costs. The reorganization, not the first in Campbell's recent history, reduced the company's divisions to three from four.
January 30, 2015 |
George M. Dorrance III, 63, of Villanova, a Royal Bank of Canada wealth manager, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, of leukemia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had been diagnosed with the disease last March. A scion of the Campbell Soup Co. family, Mr. Dorrance was the son of G. Morris Dorrance Jr., former CoreStates chairman, who was eulogized at his death in 2011 as "a banker with a heart. " His grandfather was a prominent surgeon. Mr. Dorrance worked from an office at 6 Tower Bridge in Conshohocken as a wealth manager for RBC Dain Rauscher Corp., which provides banking services to corporate and governmental clients and investment advice and services to individual investors, according to a company profile.
January 16, 2015 |
Over the last few months, I've been souping it up in Pho-ladelphia. Home to the third largest Vietnamese population on the East Coast, this city has long been a destination for many great renditions of the deeply warming and aromatic noodle soup. Few meals in the world deliver more satisfaction for $10 or less. And since the winter chill settled in, slurping through a steamy pool of exotic broth, rice noodles, Thai basil, and sundry cuts of meat has been the equivalent of hitting the "defrost" button.
January 4, 2015 |
Cold and flu season is upon us. Now is the time when we start to reach into the medicine cabinet and wonder, what can my children take when they get a cold? The problem is, there is no easy answer. But there are a few basic rules to treat by. First, the Food and Drug Administration does not recommend over-the-counter cold and cough medicines for children younger than 2. The reason is these medications can have serious side effects on children. Second, viruses cause common colds.
November 27, 2014 |
'So why aren't we making real grilled cheese?" said chef Marc Vetri, who was visiting our after-school cooking class. "Well, we're going for something healthier," I said. Baked whole-wheat pitas stuffed with cheese and homemade tomato soup - a reinvention of the classic pairing. "You think these are healthy?" he said, grabbing the pitas and reading off the offensive ingredients: preservatives, enzymes, gluten. "So, what kind of bread should I buy in a grocery store?