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.
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.
May 17, 2012
2 tablespoons brown sugar (and a few more pinches for step 2) 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1 egg, well-beaten 1/2 cup flour, sifted 1 pinch salt 1 pinch cinnamon 2 pinches nutmeg 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional) 1. Cream the brown sugar and butter. Add the egg, sifted flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; beat well. If you like old-fashioned flavor, add 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds to the batter at this point. 2. Drop by small flattened spoonfuls, well apart, on a greased cookie sheet.
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.
November 8, 2012
Makes 1 loaf of bread 1/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers, finely chopped or 3-4 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers 2 cups all-purpose flour 11/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs Powdered sugar glaze (optional) 1. Grease a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; preheat oven to 325. 2. Heat milk with lavender almost to a boil, then let steep until cool.
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.
April 1, 2010
IT WAS Sunday night, and, instead of being home with my family, I was in my office contemplating the soda tax. (Yes, my life is unimaginably exciting.) I was looking at a bottle of soda and decided to do an experiment. The above photo is the result. One 20-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew has 73 grams of sugar, which translates to 2.57 ounces of pure sugar (that's 2.57 ounces of sugar in the container next to the soda), which translates into 24 packets of sugar (those packets in front of the soda bottle, like the ones on a table in a restaurant)
November 20, 1996 |
Creme brulee, a creamy and rich baked custard with a caramelized top makes a handsome and delicious Thanksgiving Day dessert - albeit high in calories and cholesterol. But as a special holiday treat - you don't have to eat the entire ramekin at a single sitting - it works well. In some circles, this dish is often referred to as a Cambridge cream, because its roots are traced to Trinity College in Cambridge, England. It is basically egg yolks mixed with sugar and cream that is scalded, not boiled.
July 12, 2012
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1½ tablespoons peeled and grated fresh ginger 1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon brown sugar ½ cup pure olive oil 1. Whisk together all ingredients in small bowl or put ingredients in a covered jar and shake until the sugar dissolves. From Solo Suppers by Joyce Goldstein (2003) Note: Trader Joe's Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette may be used as a substitute. Per three-tablespoon serving: 247 calories, trace protein, 1 gram carbohydrates, 1 gram sugar, 27 grams fat, no cholesterol, 46 milligrams sodium, no dietary fiber.