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.
July 12, 2012 |
Here are two cool and delicious popsicle recipes you can try at home from Jeanne Chang at Lil Pop Shop in West Philly. For both recipes, if using pop molds with lids that include sticks or will hold sticks, divide the mixture among the molds. Freeze until solid, about 5 hours. If using unconventional molds, divide mixture among the molds and freeze for about 90 minutes to 2 hours until pops begin to set, then insert sticks and freeze until solid, about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. If using instant ice pop maker, such as Zoku, follow manufacturer instructions.
July 6, 2012 |
¼ cup tomato paste ¼ cup sorghum molasses, unsulfured molasses, or maple syrup (see note) 3 tablespoons dry mustard 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar Kosher salt 1 cup dark beer 2 quarts cooked white beans, drained, cooking liquid reserved 6 thick slices smoked bacon 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the tomato paste, sorghum, dry mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt.
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.
June 30, 2012 |
With tomato season nearly upon us, many a consumer soon will be scanning the shelves for specimens with that uniform hue of eye-catching red - a characteristic that shoppers have come to expect from modern agriculture. But in the quest for good looks, they likely are giving up something in the taste and nutrition department, according to new research published Friday in the journal Science. Tomatoes that have been bred to ripen with a uniform color contain up to 20 percent less sugar than their counterparts with green or yellow patches on the "shoulder" of the fruit, the researchers found after a genetic analysis.
April 4, 2013
Makes 8 servings Butter or spray oil and flour for coating baking pan 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into 8 chunks 1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for topping 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of fine sea salt 1 quart ripe strawberries, rinsed, dried, green tops trimmed, halved lengthwise ...
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.
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.