May 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Despite the efforts of senators from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a bid to phase out a Depression-era federal price-support program for sugar failed in the Senate on Wednesday. The 54-45 vote came on an amendment to the farm bill. Sens. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) had argued, among other concerns, that the supports raise costs for candymakers such as Hershey and Mars, strong presences in their states. "For every job that we save among sugar producers, we lose three jobs among companies that manufacture with sugar," Toomey said on the Senate floor.
August 12, 2010 |
So what, exactly, makes honey such a popular ingredient? "Honey is so versatile. Honey is used all over the place," said John Brandt-Lee, chef at Avalon Restaurant, in West Chester and a longtime advocate of using local honey. "It is a great emulsifier," he said. "It is great at bringing things together. " By way of example, he cited two of his favorite vinaigrette recipes, balsamic-honey and orange-vanilla. In the first, honey binds the olive oil and balsamic vinegar the way a raw egg would, he said, but without the health risks that come from raw eggs.
December 11, 1992 |
No joke. Penn & Teller's new book, Penn & Teller's How to Play With Your Food, can be dangerous to your health. Yesterday Villard Books recalled about 100,000 copies noting that a trick "sugar pack" not only doesn't work right, but contains a chemical that can be an irritant if eaten. The idea is that you mix the fake sugar pack, found on Pages 134-135, with real ones at a restaurant, and watch gleefully when your bud can't open the supposedly unopenable pack. Turns out a scissors will do it. But worse, the stuff inside contains cobalt chloride, a potential health hazard.
June 4, 2011 |
In a world where people sue McDonald's for serving coffee too hot, a Philadelphia woman has sued a Dunkin' Donuts for serving coffee she says was too sweet - so sweet it sent her into a diabetic coma. Danielle Jordan, 47, of Oxford Avenue near Langdon Street in Crescentville, filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the Dunkin' Donuts on Frankford Avenue near Bridge Street and Northeast Donut Shops Management Corp. Jordan is seeking unspecified damages for problems caused after she ordered coffee with artificial sweetener on June 15, 2009, but the server put sugar into the brew, according to the suit, which was first reported by the Courthouse News Service.
May 22, 1991 |
White sugar is that great rarity among foods, a genuinely pure product. Free of contaminants and all proteins, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, between 99 and 99.8 percent sucrose, it is virtually uniform and absolutely dependable. Though all of it comes from beet roots or the stems of sugarcane, the finished product is so highly refined that its connection with nature is difficult to imagine. Sugar is a concentrated source of calories that has no other nutritional value, which has led many medical experts to blame it for unbalancing the American diet.
June 21, 2000 |
Sugar works. "Sugar what?" would be a likely response from the average person. Brigitte Lermen has worked hard to perfect the culinary art of "sugar working" - one that uses a mixture of melted sugar, glucose and water to form intricate and, technically, edible, designs and shapes. Lermen, who's currently not employed in the pastry business, practices the craft at home to keep up her skills. Wandering into the modern, white kitchen of the Center City apartment where she and her husband, Kai Lermen- executive chef of the Ritz Carlton at Broad and Chestnut streets - have lived in since May (they moved from Canada)
March 21, 1988 |
For the first time in 74 years, not every sweet thing with Tastykake on the label will be made in Philadelphia - or even in the United States. The Tasty Baking Co. has started importing sugar wafers from Canada. Company officials say this is the first time the venerable snack cake and confection company has ever sold a product not made in the City of Brotherly Love. A spokeswoman said the company had "no plans to import other products. " "This is an experiment," said Kathleen Grim, a spokeswoman for the company, which was started in 1914 by a Pittsburgh baker and a Boston egg salesman.
July 22, 1992 |
NUTRASWEET SPOONFUL. $1.59 per 1-ounce or $2.39 per 2-ounce container. BONNIE: A new technology similar to freeze-drying has made possible a new kind of NutraSweet that looks, pours and measures like sugar, while containing about 1/8 of sugar's calories. A spoonful of sugar contains only 16 calories, Spoonful, 2. Like the other forms of NutraSweet, Spoonful is not heat-stable, so it can't be used in home cooking or baking unless it's added after the food is removed from the heat.
February 5, 1988 |
"Thirteen dollars and ninety-five cents for a quart of maple syrup? Are you sure this price is marked correctly?" "Ayuh. " "But how can anybody charge that much? That's more than a quart of vodka costs, more than 50 quarts of gasoline. Are you sure that's right?" "Yup. " "I know. I'll bet you have this high price marked, but you're willing to bargain, right? Would you take $5 for this quart of syrup?" "Nope. " "But this must be a special outrageous price for the tourists from Philadelphia, right?
March 30, 1991 |
Once I thought that addiction to television was doing more to destroy America than drugs and alcohol combined. Lately, however, I'm convinced that a less conspicuous addiction leads our youth into habits of cigarettes, drugs, drink, brain-damage music and brain- dead television as surely as tugboats take tankers into open seas. I am talking about the addiction to sugar. A few years ago, my daughter Rachel's mother, who has always worked with young children, became convinced that sugar made the difference between a well-adjusted child and a problem child - between a child willing and wanting to learn and a child with no attention span.