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November 18, 2015 | Jenice Armstrong, Daily News
JENNIFER Braxton was on the hunt for one of those Patti LaBelle's sweet-potato pies. So, on Saturday, after getting off work at 10 p.m., she drove to the Walmart Supercenter on Byberry Road. She walked all around the store but couldn't find one. The next day, she called and an employee answered, "Thank you for calling Walmart. We're out of pies. How may I help you?" "I have a company potluck coming on Friday and I said I would bring Patti pies," she explained to me later via Facebook.
FOOD
March 19, 2000 | By Marie Oser, FOR THE INQUIRER
Sweet potatoes are the root of a vine in the morning glory family. These elongated yellow or orange tubers with ends that taper to a point are of two dominant types. The common sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin with pale yellow flesh that is not sweet and has a dry, crumbly texture similar to a white baking potato. The darker-skinned variety (which is often called "yam" in error) has a thicker, dark orange skin and vivid orange, sweet flesh with a moist texture. True yams belong to a plant family that grows only in the tropics and is rarely available in the United States.
FOOD
July 28, 1999 | By Marilynn Marter, INQUIRER FOOD WRITER
Cooking with soul comes naturally to the women - and some men - at the Church of the Living God. Each week, church volunteers - members and deacons - man the stainless-steel fryers, the stove and steam table to serve homestyle takeout meals to a mostly regular, mostly neighborhood clientele. The moderate profit from food sales has helped pay for a new heating system and other renovations to the building acquired in 1971. According to Bishop Elleree Coney, who has led the local congregation for 26 of her 37 years with the sect, proceeds also fund church projects such as summer camp for neighborhood youths, and some free meals for the homeless.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1994 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
The McDonald's at 52nd and Chestnut streets in West Philadelphia reopened yesterday after being hit by fire last year. The revamped eatery is Afrocentric - it features African-American art and will eventually offer some black-oriented foods, such as sweet potato pie, store officials say. Workers, like Tamika Ledbetter (above), wear sun visors sporting a kente cloth pattern. At left, Keith Hudson, 7, enjoys breakfast.
FOOD
June 5, 1996 | by Becky Batcha, Daily News Staff Writer
She's only 29, a babe in the pie-making scheme of things. She calls herself "an excellent down-home Southern cook. " But she was born and raised in Philadelphia. She swears by - gasp! - store-bought crust. (Pet-Ritz, to be specific, but more on that later.) So does Romaine Johnson really deserve the right to call herself Philly's best sweet-potato-pie maker? In our opinion, you bet your sweet filling she does. (Hers uses 2 1/2 cups of sugar.) Our judges picked Johnson's pie as the best of the 65 entries in the Daily News/HealthQuest magazine sweet-potato-pie contest at the Philadelphia County Fair this past weekend.
FOOD
June 14, 1995 | by Teresa Banik, Special to the Daily News
Last year, they threw a chocolate cake contest and nobody came. OK . . . five cake-bakers showed up. This year, the Philadelphia County Fair, with the Philadelphia Daily News, invited bakers to put up the best sweet potato pie in the universe, and 126 pies answered the call. That just happens to be a state and county fair record for pie contest entries, according to the pie professionals on hand. And it takes the cake record, too. The astonished and delighted contest organizers were sent scrambling to convert all available space, including the judging table, into pie-holding tables.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | Jenny DeHuff, Daily News
Thanksgiving this year with Patti LaBelle promises to be quite the party. Sharing the table at Patti's Wynnewood home will be none other than the Los Angeles YouTube blogger known as James Wright Chanel , whose ode to Patti's Pies, the sweet-potato pie she's selling exclusively at Walmart, have had the desserts flying off store shelves. The video had more than 3.2 million views as of yesterday. "My new friend James Wright took this fierce video and it took my pie over the top, and people are losing their minds over this pie," the famed local songstress told Fox 29. Also at Patti's table will be Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson , of the Roots , who she said has been ribbing her for years about not inviting him over to sample her cooking.
NEWS
October 12, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
As the Al Jarreau song goes, "Anyone who's ever had sweet potato pie don't want pumpkin again. " Is it possible the same adage holds true for beer? It is if, like me, you're suffering from post-pumpkin-brew-stress syndrome. The clever beer minds behind Yardley's Vault Brewing have taken Jarreau's advice to heart and created a very worthy tuber-centric seasonal reply to the ubiquitous pumpkin craze. Using 60 pounds of roasted local sweet potatoes, which have considerably higher fermentable sugars than pumpkin, they've brewed an orange-amber ale that's still dry but vivid with well-balanced pie spice - Saigon cinnamon, nutmeg, and Mexican vanilla - and that doesn't overdo it. What really takes this ale to the next level, though, is the use of low-fizz nitro for a softer carbonation.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Valerie Erwin started cooking at age 8, absorbing Southern traditions from family, especially a mother raised in Charleston, S.C., and a father from Savannah, Ga. And though her culinary repertoire grew in variety and sophistication over the decades, that early Southern influence is with her still. In 2003, Erwin became owner/chef of Geechee Girl Rice Cafe, originally in Germantown, now in Mount Airy. The name refers to the wildly diverse culture that grew up around West African slaves on rice plantations along the southeastern Atlantic coastline.
LIVING
October 31, 1997 | By Paddy Noyes, FOR THE INQUIRER
When Joy's in the kitchen, she likes to dice onions and peppers for a recipe or run the mixer for a cake. And it's extra -special fun for her to be in the middle of the action when preparations for her favorite meal are in progress: collard greens, fish, macaroni and cheese, and sweet potato pie. Joy, 11, became a Girl Scout recently and looks forward to hiking. She sings and dances to music on the radio, and would like to join a church choir. She likes computer games, corn-rowing her doll's hair, doing 30-piece puzzles, riding a bicycle, bowling and playing tag. She also enjoys drawing and coloring.
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December 2, 2015
IT WAS the day after Thanksgiving, and the leftovers cried out from the fridge. These weren't ordinary leftovers, either. No, these were the leftovers of the gods, prepared by my mother, my aunt and my wife, LaVeta. These were the foods of my childhood, and they included every unhealthy dish that made the movie "Soul Food" a staple for DVD bootleggers. But I wasn't planning to live my food fantasy through some grainy reproduction of the Vanessa Williams classic. No, I would eat my soul food in person, but I knew I wouldn't have much time.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | Jenny DeHuff, Daily News
Thanksgiving this year with Patti LaBelle promises to be quite the party. Sharing the table at Patti's Wynnewood home will be none other than the Los Angeles YouTube blogger known as James Wright Chanel , whose ode to Patti's Pies, the sweet-potato pie she's selling exclusively at Walmart, have had the desserts flying off store shelves. The video had more than 3.2 million views as of yesterday. "My new friend James Wright took this fierce video and it took my pie over the top, and people are losing their minds over this pie," the famed local songstress told Fox 29. Also at Patti's table will be Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson , of the Roots , who she said has been ribbing her for years about not inviting him over to sample her cooking.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2015 | Jenice Armstrong, Daily News
JENNIFER Braxton was on the hunt for one of those Patti LaBelle's sweet-potato pies. So, on Saturday, after getting off work at 10 p.m., she drove to the Walmart Supercenter on Byberry Road. She walked all around the store but couldn't find one. The next day, she called and an employee answered, "Thank you for calling Walmart. We're out of pies. How may I help you?" "I have a company potluck coming on Friday and I said I would bring Patti pies," she explained to me later via Facebook.
NEWS
October 12, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
As the Al Jarreau song goes, "Anyone who's ever had sweet potato pie don't want pumpkin again. " Is it possible the same adage holds true for beer? It is if, like me, you're suffering from post-pumpkin-brew-stress syndrome. The clever beer minds behind Yardley's Vault Brewing have taken Jarreau's advice to heart and created a very worthy tuber-centric seasonal reply to the ubiquitous pumpkin craze. Using 60 pounds of roasted local sweet potatoes, which have considerably higher fermentable sugars than pumpkin, they've brewed an orange-amber ale that's still dry but vivid with well-balanced pie spice - Saigon cinnamon, nutmeg, and Mexican vanilla - and that doesn't overdo it. What really takes this ale to the next level, though, is the use of low-fizz nitro for a softer carbonation.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Valerie Erwin started cooking at age 8, absorbing Southern traditions from family, especially a mother raised in Charleston, S.C., and a father from Savannah, Ga. And though her culinary repertoire grew in variety and sophistication over the decades, that early Southern influence is with her still. In 2003, Erwin became owner/chef of Geechee Girl Rice Cafe, originally in Germantown, now in Mount Airy. The name refers to the wildly diverse culture that grew up around West African slaves on rice plantations along the southeastern Atlantic coastline.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013
Want to know what those holiday treats will cost you this season? Here's a calorie count on Thanksgiving's most common desserts: 450 POUND CAKE People think it's low-cal because it's not frosted. They're wrong. This calorie count is about average for a good-size slice, like you'd find at a high-end coffee shop. 355 COOKIES For three measly Tollhouse cookies, prepared according to the Nestle's bag! 350 PIE For one skinny slice of sweet-potato pie - a mere 1/8 of a pie. If your mom slices generously, like my mom, double it to 700. 257 CHEESECAKE Portion size matters!
FOOD
October 11, 2013 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
Usually vegetables and desserts are opposed in an either/or kind of way - as in eat the former or you won't get the latter. These days, however, pastry chefs are digging deep for inspiration and whipping up dishes that are definitively both. Take Peter Scarola at R2L, who has manipulated fennel, endive, parsnip, and squash to do his sweet bidding. "Vegetables can make dessert a bit lighter but also more adventuresome," he says. "Used in the right way, they can also be a nice alternative to what we think of as classic recipes and create a surprise element.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Helena Oliviero, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
For years, LaTisha Styles gained weight every holiday season, as much as 10 pounds. From office parties to holiday parties to her kitchen at home, sweet and savory temptations were a constant of the season: the chocolates, pies, macaroni and cheese. "I am in charge of the sweet potato pie and we had a few in the house, and honestly, one year, I went through a half a pie cutting and slicing a little taste here and there," Styles said. In a pattern familiar to many Americans, year after year, Styles expanded her waistline during the last couple of months of the year.
NEWS
March 8, 2011 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
LEONA MURPH tried, but she wasn't able to duplicate her mother's chicken and dumplings. "It never tasted like hers," Leona lamented. Her mother, Viola Williams, had plenty of time to perfect her cooking skills. She lived to be 101. She died Sunday. She lived in West Philadelphia. Viola brought her Southern cooking skills from her native Virginia where she was born in Louisa County, the youngest of the six children of William Green and the former Katherine Moody. She was educated in Virginia schools and came to Philadelphia in her late teens.
NEWS
October 24, 2010
Multiculturalism has completely failed. That's the assessment of Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, in a recent speech before the youth wing of her conservative political party, the Christian Democratic Union. The idea that disparate peoples can "simply live side by side and live happily with each other" has failed, she said. "Utterly failed. " Merkel insisted that Germany still welcomes immigrants, particularly those whose high-tech skills make them valuable workers. But she conditioned that welcome upon a warning: "We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity - that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.
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