September 16, 2016
Before the end of the summer vegetable harvest, it's time to stock up on favorites like zucchini, tomatoes, and corn. Especially corn. Here, corn finds its perfect companion with juicy shrimp. Most dishes featuring these ingredients highlight the harmony among them, like these corn and shrimp pancakes. Corn and Shrimp Silver-Dollar Pancakes with Avocado Crema Makes 16 pancakes 1 cup flour 1/3 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 extra-large egg, beaten 1 cup corn kernels 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced 1 pound raw shrimp shelled, deveined, diced, patted dry 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil Vegetable oil Avocado cream (see note)
September 14, 2016 |
The dreaded - but not so unexpected - news for 370 Progresso plant workers in Vineland arrived in a statement from General Mills Inc. on Monday. "General Mills has reached a final decision to close its manufacturing facility in Vineland, New Jersey," the statement said. The company said the facility will close by the first quarter of General Mills' fiscal year 2018. That fiscal quarter coincides with the end of summer 2017. A previous company announcement left open the possibility that closure was a "tentative" option.
September 9, 2016 |
Ringing giant bells and declaring optimism, School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. and Mayor Kenney formally opened the 2016-17 school year for 130,000 Philadelphia students Wednesday. "Nothing excites me more than the first day of school," Hite said from the steps of Hill-Freedman World Academy in East Mount Airy. The school system is in its strongest position in years, he said, pointing to investments in new textbooks, technology, and other resources not seen in city schools since the advent of a brutal budget crisis several years ago. Kenney, who has made education a centerpiece of his administration, also struck a hopeful note.
September 9, 2016
If you've been grilling salmon fillets all summer and are ready to shake things up, these burgers are calling you. Made with chopped fresh salmon, lemon, dill, and mustard, they have a modern appeal with a Greek flavor accent by way of the herb-flecked cucumber-yogurt sauce (tzatziki). Salmon Burgers With Tzatziki Sauce 4 servings For the sauce: 1/2 medium unpeeled English (seedless) cucumber, trimmed 3/4 cup plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the burgers: 3 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed One-pound salmon fillet, skinless, center-cut 2 scallions (white and green)
September 3, 2016 |
Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer. The holiday also brings a golden three-day weekend to knock out a few Philadelphia summer bucket-list items before it's too late. Whether you want to catch a movie under the stars, get one last skate in, savor a locally made double scoop of peach ice cream, or seek to do all of the above, take advantage of the extended weekend before you bid farewell to the hottest season of the year. Roller skate at Summerfest 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday; 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday; Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest , 101 S. Columbus Blvd., $3 (admission)
September 2, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a young woman of 16 years, and I'm in the second year of high school. Next year will be my last, and then I will have the pressure of what I will do with my life. When I was little, I said I was going to be a stylist. I liked that idea, but after I did some research about it, I realized it is not for me. I have also thought about journalism and specializing in fashion, but don't know if it's something I want for my life. I would love to do medicine, perhaps pediatrics or oncology.
September 2, 2016 |
Budweiser Made in America, the Jay Z-curated festival, will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend. Festivalgoers will shell out hundreds to see artists like Rihanna and Chance the Rapper. But as we hype the national acts, let's also show some love for the local artists who have created great music this summer. Here is a list of 12 songs by local R&B and hip-hop artists that caught my attention. Tierra Whack' s "Child Please" This track inspired this playlist because it's so good, I wanted more people to hear it and know it came from Philly.
August 28, 2016 |
Summer symphony audiences are supposed to be easy. Just give them pleasant weather, a nice picnic, craft beer, the 1812 Overture with a few cannons . . . If only. Summer audiences can be more easily discouraged by weather than, say, regular season crowds at the Philadelphia Orchestra. And summer crowds, for example, don't take as well to reruns as you might think. Not even the 1812 Overture , cannons blasting, is fail-safe. So summer concert presenters are looking for new ways to attract and hold audiences.
August 23, 2016 |
If Philadelphia experiences a small uptick in population in spring next year, celebrity lovebirds Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman won't be surprised. They'll just rest easy knowing that their "Summer of 69: No Apostrophe" tour worked as intended. "Nine months from now, I hope you'll send us pictures of all the show babies," Mullally, of Will & Grace fame, told a house packed with couples at the Merriam Theater on Saturday. Offerman, known best as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation , meanwhile, told the audience that they should "walk out of this theater ready to make love.