February 24, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I belong to a supper club comprised of four couples. We have enjoyed our monthly gatherings for years and have developed a strong bond with each couple. As a rule, each one takes turns hosting the event in their home. The recent behavior of one hostess has us baffled. For starters, "Lynn" sometimes seats herself and her husband at a separate table, even though there's room at the main table. She also involves herself with activities I consider rude - taking calls on her cell, perusing Facebook, doing paperwork.
December 9, 2013 |
I've always been addicted to garage sales and flea markets, but it turns out they were gateway drugs. Now I'm hooked on auctions. We begin a year ago, when I noticed there was an antiques auction in my neighborhood and I stopped by. I'm no antiques expert, but I like old things. Like me. So I walked into the auction, took a seat, and watched as the auctioneer showed slides of great furniture. Most of it was from the Philadelphia area, circa 1800s. People made bids by raising white cards, and when the bidding stopped, the prices weren't high at all. Surprise ending, right?
January 20, 2013
DEAR ABBY : My daughter was recently married. My niece - a talented artist - hand-painted flowers on wine glasses for the dinner reception following the ceremony. They were intended to be keepsakes for each of the adult guests. At the end of the evening, I gathered four glasses from our family's table. When I turned around, the four glasses were gone. Glasses disappeared from our table, the head table, and my niece's (the artist). The following day, someone mentioned to me that they had seen certain guests leave with four to six glasses each.
April 22, 2012 |
For a few hours Sunday, they agreed to miss the Flyers playoff game and held off on those "Honey-do" lists of household chores. Instead, the South Jersey Men's Club made nearly 400 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches for a group of eaters they'll never meet - men and women with outstanding bench warrants for alleged nonviolent offenses. The sandwiches were just one slice of the rewards for hundreds of wanted people expected to turn themselves in over the next few days at an Atlantic City church as part of New Jersey's Fugitive Safe Surrender program.
October 6, 2011 |
What does family dinner look like at your house? The Cosby Show or Leave It to Beaver but with texting teens? A scene from Modern Family ? Or The Simpsons , but with better food? The ritual of gathering for a meal may look a bit like any of these. Or not. That's the beauty of family dinner: It may bring together a mom, dad, preteen, and toddler - or a trio of fresh-out-of-college roommates for pizza, or a quartet of friends for a potluck - sharing different stories and different foods.
June 19, 2011 |
The first time Suzanne Kourlesis and Marty Kisliuk saw the site where they would build their Westampton home, the builder, Gary Gardner of Medford, had to convince them they would not feel lost in a forest. "There were so many trees that we couldn't imagine a place for a home," Kourlesis recalls, sitting on the deck looking over what is still a woodland paradise. Nature retains its primacy here and seems barely intruded upon, despite the presence of the contemporary home and lap pool, which are surrounded by stonework created by Moorestown contractor Massimo Procaccini.
April 26, 2012 |
DEAR VERY HIP City Restaurateur: I think it's time we had another talk. It's about your small plates. Well, not specifically the plates themselves — some of which, if we're being honest, stretch the definition of "small. " Rather, what we need to talk about is the manner in which these plates are brought to the table. Your "coursing," to use the au courant terminology — or more precisely, your lack thereof. You know what I'm talking about: Two of us show up at your restaurant and your chirpy server suggests that we order two "or three or four" small plates per person.
May 8, 2013 |
In 2008, Philadelphia dancer Makoto Hirano formed a company called Team Sunshine Performance Corporation with actor Benjamin Camp and director Alex Torra . For a year and a half, the three have been working on JapanAmerica Wonderwave , which premiered Thursday at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Fans of Thaddeus Phillips' work may remember Hirano as part of the cast of 2011's Whale Optics , but in JapanAmerica Wonderwave he is the dominant spirit, with Camp as a supportive foil, in an examination of how we process distant tragic events and assimilate them into daily life.
April 10, 2011
Best-selling author and Inquirer columnist Lisa Scottoline's new novel, "Save Me," will be in stores Tuesday. Chapter Two will appear in the Magazine on Tuesday, and Chapter Three in Style & Soul on Wednesday. Chapter One Rose McKenna stood against the wall in the noisy cafeteria, having volunteered as lunch mom, which is like a security guard with eyeliner. Two hundred children were talking, thumb-wrestling, or getting ready for recess, because lunch period was almost over.
January 2, 1991 |
What makes strudel so good? It's not just the countless sheets of pastry, blistered and crackling like a folio of fallen leaves. It's not just the gelatinous ooze of the filling, sticky sweet, bubbling with fruit and nuts. It's not just the butter impregnated into every morsel that makes strudel irresistible. It's all of it. Sweet, buttery, crumbly and moist. Strudel is an extravagance of contrasts, and one of the best gifts you can offer your mouth. Homemade strudel has practically become an endangered species.