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?
September 25, 2008
Q: I read your column about sweet potatoes and yams. My question: Can sweet potatoes and regular potatoes can be used interchangeably? - Speedy A: Calm down, Speedy - potatoes do take a while to cook, and you don't want to rush the enjoyment of eating them. Unless of course, there is a ball game on and you want to get back to the television. In fact, my favorite team is about to play, so I am going to give you a "speedy" answer. Basically, you can substitute sweet potatoes in any recipe that calls for russet potatoes.
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.
June 16, 1989 |
The world over, sweet things mark the stages and seasons of life. In America, it's candy for Halloween, chocolate eggs for Easter, cookies for Christmas, and cake for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. In Mexico, brightly decorated sugar skulls are central to Day of the Dead festivities. In Eastern Europe, the exchange of decorated honey cakes is a courtship ritual, while in Japan, tiny candies shaped like flowers, leaves and insects are given to celebrate the changing seasons.
December 18, 1991 |
All living things must eat, and without the ability to distinguish what is good to eat from what is not, none of us would live very long. Through trial and error, we eventually collect foods that reflect not just our own taste, but the tastes of our culture. Sometimes it requires resolving apparent contradictions. Something, for example, has to tell us that smelly fish will make us sick but that smelly cheese will not. That's where the tongue, the nose and the brain work together, helping us decide that peanut butter really does go with chocolate, or that we should risk breaking family traditions with a carrot in the cacciatore or coriander on the holiday turkey.
May 27, 2016
Makes 8 servings For the topping: 11/2 cups oats 1/2 cup unbleached white flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter plus 1 tablespoon for buttering pan 1/2 cup walnuts For the filling: 4 cups thinly sliced clean rhubarb stalks (discard leaves) 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar Fresh strawberries for garnish (optional) Whipped cream for garnish (optional) Fresh mint for garnish (if desired) 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In the work bowl of a food processor add oats, flour, 1/2 cup sugar, butter, and walnuts and process in pulses until well blended.
July 29, 2012 |
A heated, computer-controlled nozzle glided smoothly back and forth, then up and down, depositing a thin trail of sugar in the shape of a delicate, miniature cage. A scene from a high-tech pastry kitchen? A 21st-century reboot of Willy Wonka's candy factory? Far from it. The sugar cage was a first step toward manufacturing blood vessels for artificial organs, made with a custom-built 3-D "printer" in a bioengineering lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Once they harden, these crisscrossing lines of sugar can be surrounded with a gel that contains cells from the desired type of organ - say, a liver.
February 5, 2016
Makes 4 servings For the Sausage: 1 pound ground pork 1/2 cup minced shallot 3 tablespoons minced garlic 3 tablespoons minced lemongrass 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Kosher salt Oil For the Nuoc Cham: 1/2 cup fish sauce 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup lime juice 2 tablespoons palm, raw, or light brown sugar 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon sambal...
February 12, 2016
Makes 8 servings Chocolate ganache: 9 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa solids), broken into 3/4-inch pieces 2/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into 3/4-inch, plus extra for greasing the dish 1 egg, plus 3 egg yolks 5 tablespoons superfine sugar Coarse sea salt, to serve Spice Mix: 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 3/4 teaspoon black peppercorns 1 small cinnamon stick 1 whole star anise 8 cardamom pods...
September 28, 1999 |
More than 100 pastry chefs gathered to celebrate St. Michel Day, a French holiday that honors their patron saint. The event was held at Opus 251 at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. The chefs demonstrated "sugar pulling," turning sugar into decorative objects.