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.
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.
August 2, 2015 |
What they are: Doughnuts are a popular sweet treat. Who doesn't love a delicious lump of deep-fried dough, simply glazed with sugar or icing, or filled with sweet creme or fruit preserves? Entire franchises and chain restaurants have been built on the concept of selling pretty much nothing but the doughnut – and perhaps a good cup of coffee to go with it. But at the Jersey Shore, beloved outlets for doughnuts are usually of the smaller, more homespun genre. Like on the Ocean City boardwalk, where, rain or shine, hundreds of people will line up every summer morning - between 7 and 11 a.m. the queue often has more than 100 people in it - for doughnuts at Browns Restaurant between St. Charles Place and First Street.
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.
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.
May 13, 2016
Makes 4 to 6 servings 2 cups unbleached flour 2 tablespoons raw sugar 2 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk (more or less) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (preferably Wesson) 1 egg 1. Sift together the flour, sugar, and baking powder and sift at least twice. Add the milk, vegetable oil, and egg. Let stand 10 minutes for time to rise. 2. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium-high heat. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
February 19, 2016
Makes 4 cups 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar 1 cup kosher salt 1 cup ground espresso beans 1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup garlic powder 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper 1. Combine the sugar, salt, espresso beans, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne in a resealable container, cover tightly, shake to combine. 2. Store in a cool, dry place. (Keeps for up to two months; after that, the coffee will start to taste stale.)
May 13, 2016
Makes 1 loaf or 9 to 12 servings 13/4 cups sifted flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup shortening 2/3 cup sugar 2 eggs, well beaten 1 cup mashed bananas (2 to 3 bananas) 1. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. 2. Beat shortening until creamy. 3. Add sugar gradually and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add flour mixture, alternating with bananas, a small amount at a time, beating after each addition until smooth.