August 12, 2015 |
ASK A CITY trashman or woman what's the nastiest part of the job or the worst thing that's ever happened, and the answer is not easy. Because there's just so much, especially in the summer: The asphalt is hot enough to melt the soles of work boots. The stink can churn an iron stomach. The maggots are celebrating their new life. The bees treat you like a pin cushion. The open-air drug dealers stop you and say, "Hold up, don't dump that can. " And yes, it's summertime and indeed the livin' is easy - for raccoons, opossums, rats and mice.
August 7, 2015 |
Salad season is here. Every color and texture of vegetable is on farm stands, store shelves, or out back in the garden, so you can be shredding, chopping, and arranging magnificent summer feasts with minimum cooking and maximum flavor. And this summer, all we are really craving are salads for dinner, the kind of meal that doesn't leave us feeling weighed down in the heat. Yet, a main-course salad should be substantial and satisfying - with a balance of crisp and soft, crunchy and smooth, tart and sweet.
August 7, 2015
Lentils are rich in fiber and contain a steak's worth of protein, folate, iron, phosphorous, and potassium. Adding cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red bell pepper pumps up their nutritional profile. Although these quick-cooking legumes are basically interchangeable in recipes, green lentils retain their shape when cooked. Summer Lentil Salad Makes 6 servings 1 cup green lentils 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 medium cucumber, not peeled, seeded and chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 medium red onion, chopped 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 cloves garlic, minced Fresh ground black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh minced mint 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese 1. Cook lentils in boiling water according to package directions until tender.
August 6, 2015
I'M JUST BACK from a week's vacation in North Wildwood and I'm happy to report there are still American college and high school kids working at jobs like servers in restaurants and life guards in a water park we visited. Sadly, they are vastly outnumbered by an annual influx of foreign workers,mainly from Russia and surrounding central European countries. I don't think this is a good thing.I believe it plays into the great debate we're having over the manner in which legal and illegal workers are undercutting the American worker.
August 6, 2015 |
WHILE "Trainwreck" and "Ted" spark debate this summer as to who's funnier, men or women, the correct answer turns out to be "sheep. " For wall-to-wool laughs, you can't top "Shaun the Sheep," a consistently and sometimes prodigiously amusing claymation cartoon from Aardman studios, in England. The story: Farm animals grow tired of their rustic routine, so they put the farmer to sleep (the sight of sheep jumping sequentially over a fence hits humans like a massive dose of Tylenol PM)
August 5, 2015 |
THE TWO MEN argued loudly inside Tustin Playground in Overbrook. One accused the other of ogling a young girl. The other denied it and said people needed to mind their business. They went at it for several minutes. Everyone in the park watched and waited to see what would happen. The guy who eyeballed the girl stormed off, but paused on the street overlooking the park to yell once more. Standing by a memorial for a man who had recently been shot 13 times while children played and swam nearby, he warned: "This ain't over!"
August 2, 2015 |
HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. - If California's Venice Beach is known for its drum circles and stoner sunset gatherings, and Florida's Key West for its Mallory Square theatrics, then what is to be said about the sunset ritual in Harvey Cedars? That you can follow the sunset as it moves from right to left over the course of a summer, ending up almost over the bridge by Labor Day? That the wind tends to die down as the beach day settles into evening, and kids on bikes and dogs on leashes become silhouetted at every street end on the bay side?
July 31, 2015 |
Alexandria Herdt grew up in South Jersey, watching her young cousin wheeze and cough when ozone levels climbed high. "It hurts when you know there's really nothing you can do to help," said Herdt, 22, of Chesterfield, Burlington County. So she went to Pennsylvania State University, majored in meteorology, and found a way to make a difference. Using a National Science Foundation grant last summer, Herdt created a statistical model to better predict the ozone levels in the Philadelphia region, then spent her senior year tweaking her work.
July 31, 2015 |
If you don't find the idea of fondling sweaters hilarious, this is most likely not the TV review for you. On Friday, Netflix will release eight episodes of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp , a prequel to the 2001 cult hit Wet Hot American Summer that starred Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and Janeane Garofalo, among so many others, all of whom have returned to play younger versions of themselves....
July 30, 2015 |
As summers go, this one has been fairly benign, with only two short heat waves. Based on the forecast, the wave we're in now could end up being the longest of the season, with daily temperatures forecast to hit 90 or better into early next week. Wednesday would be the worst of it, with temperatures heading into the mid-90s and heat indexes in triple figures. But the National Weather Service has not hoisted the heat warning flags yet, and after Wednesday, the forecast highs back off a couple of degrees.