December 3, 2009 |
A few weeks ago - with the Thanksgiving drums just beginning to beat - I was importuned to judge a pageant of sorts, of sweet potato pies. It was to be part of the rather low-key hoopla that attended the opening of the current George Washington Carver exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences. I couldn't make it. Much to my regret. (The contestants were to have been eaten, one and all, at the end.) But I am, in point of fact, a fan of good sweet potato pies, having sampled a fair number during my North Carolina years; and later, fine, moon-faced exemplars in the basements of the historic African Methodist Episcopal churches of North Philadelphia.
May 16, 1991 |
I think Anne and Mavis, the nurses in our dispensary, really want to believe. But they have trouble keeping the faith. "How'd you do?" Mavis asks hopefully when I step from the scale. "Gee, I don't understand that," she'll say when she hears the bad news. "My weight hasn't changed in 30 years. " Anne, who is as tall and slim today as she was a schoolgirl, says she watches her weight. "I weigh myself weekly," she once confided. "If I gain a pound, I lose it right away," Of course, they are effusive in their encouragement and generous with their compassion.
October 16, 1987 |
The two main deals going down in Spicer's Bakery, 7202 Ogontz Ave., Germantown, are Cleveland Spicer's secret sweet potato pie and Cleveland Spicer's secret sweet potato cheesecake - both of them highly addictive but street legal. Spicer takes his secretiveness seriously. "People try to catch me cooking so they can learn my magic," he says conspiratorially. "I changed my counter out front so you have to jump over it to get into the kitchen. " And you'd have to be a kangaroo to jump over it without breaking your neck.
January 5, 2001 |
Sundays are special for 12-year-old Robert. He lifts his voice in the youth choir with a joyful attitude, and is a polite and helpful junior usher, all dressed up in a white shirt, a tie and a black suit. His activities at home are done with equal enthusiasm. He helps plant and water little evergreen trees, marigolds, tulips and petunias. Robert enjoys riding his bike, roller-skating, playing soccer and basketball, and swimming. Indoors, Robert plays drums and a tambourine, cards, dominoes, checkers, Monopoly and computer games.
July 21, 1989 |
Delilah Winder has a dream: to open an elegant soul-food restaurant in Center City. "I hope within the next three years to do it," says Winder, 38, the effervescent proprietor of Delilah's at the Reading Terminal Market. "A dinner restaurant. Real country, real Southern, real laid back, nice jazz and a nice drink. A place you can get breakfast late at night. I just got it all in my head. " Philadelphia's existing soul-food venues, scattered throughout North Philadelphia, Germantown, West Oak Lane, West Philadelphia and Center City, are casual places.
January 29, 2013 |
IF YOU GAVE Helen Banks a needle and thread, you'd be advised to get out of her way. She could make anything with those simple tools. Clothing, of course, including men's and women's suits, prom dresses to make a girl the belle of the ball, draperies, bedding, wedding dresses - you name it. For a time, she designed and sewed bedding for the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store. Helen Banks, who worked for a number of clothing manufacturers in the city - including Foster Brothers Men's Clothing, from which she retired - a devoted churchwoman and loving family matriarch, died Friday.
May 31, 2002 |
Forget the Belmont Stakes of Triple Crown fame. Today, down the street from Belmont Avenue, all are invited to watch the Hambone Express Racing Pigs throw their weight around the oval dirt track. Yes, it is time once again for the Philadelphia County Fair on the grounds of Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, today and continuing through June 9. As far as county fairs go, this one looks to be a winner - chock full of food and entertainment, including livestock competitions, petting zoos, and more than 100 family-oriented games, carnival attractions and thrill rides.
November 2, 2010 |
Arline Solomon drew superlatives from her family for her sweet-potato pie. "Nobody in the world made it better," said her granddaughter, Cheryl Bradley-Hawkins. That dish and the others that Arline cooked to perfection had family members flocking to her home for holidays. Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas were the biggest, but for a great meal any time, it was to grandmother's house we go. Arline, who worked for about 30 years for Sun Cleaners, in Wynnewood, died Wednesday at age 95. She lived in West Philadelphia.
August 30, 2012
Company description: "A 1/4lb. of savory flame-broiled beef, topped with naturally smoked thick-cut bacon, pepper jack cheese, freshly cut iceberg lettuce, red onions and ripe tomatoes, smothered with a sweet southern sauce and the tang of Carolina BBQ sauce, all on a warm, toasted sesame seed bun. Limited time only. " Chain: Burger King. Calories: 760, with 42 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, 100 mgs of cholesterol, 1,620 mgs of salt and 36 grams of protein. Location: Gallery Mall.
October 12, 2008 |
Helen Henderson, 82 years old and African American, sat in the sunshine at 52d and Locust Streets yesterday, waiting for Barack Obama to arrive. She said she felt excited, honored and blessed. "I never thought I'd live to see a black man in the White House," said the retired nurse, who lives in University City. "I sent him a small contribution in the mail. I owe it to him because he's taking a chance for us. I pray for him. " Yesterday, thousands of African Americans and other Philadelphians got to see and hear the Democratic presidential candidate.