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.
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.
August 13, 2014 |
MAYBE IT was just an innocent mistake in the food-testing lab. Or maybe it's a big, fat Greek yogurt conspiracy designed to give the health-conscious grocer Whole Foods the edge in an ultracompetitive market. Don't worry, though. This is nothing that a couple of class-action lawsuits can't fix. Yesterday, the lawyers who made headlines for suing Subway over the length of its so-called footlong sandwiches filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court claiming that Whole Foods is selling Greek yogurt with nearly six times the sugar listed on the label.
October 10, 2014
SPICED CANDIED PECANS 4 cups sugar, divided 3 cups water 1 pound raw pecan halves 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice Heat the oven to 275 degrees. In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups sugar, water and pecans. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook pecans until softened, about 10 minutes. While the pecans are simmering, combine spices in a small bowl, along with the remaining 1 cup sugar.
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.