October 6, 2011 | By Judy Hevrdejs, Chicago Tribune
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 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
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 | Jason Wilson
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.
September 24, 2011 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
In 2009, Mark Fiorella had just lost 90 pounds and was looking for a way to keep the weight off. "I was, needless to say, not doing sports in high school and college, so I wasn't going to be very good at team sports," said Fiorella, now 26 and a fit 176-pound chemistry teacher at Kingsway High School. After some Internet research, Fiorella settled on arm-wrestling as his new thing. He and his kid brother, Chris, now 16 and a sophomore at Delsea High, constructed a special arm-wrestling table from instructions on a website and started going at it. Two years later, Chris Fiorella, who just wanted to pal around with his older brother, is the U.S. Armwrestling Federation's national champion in the junior 132-pound division.
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 | By Andrew Schloss, Special to the Inquirer
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.
April 27, 1997 | By Eric Dyer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When he was 6 years old, Ryan Cullen of Woodbury developed a passion for collecting all sorts of sporting cards - from the boys of summer to the warriors of football. But he's older and wiser now. Such pastimes seem, well, childish. It's time to move on. Last weekend, Ryan, now 10, spent six hours at a flea market sponsored by Most Holy Redeemer School in Deptford, trying to unload dozens of trading cards and, in the process, make a little bit of money. Springtime may mean leisurely strolls in the park, flying kites in the afternoon breeze, cruising down the highway with the windows down and music blaring.
August 25, 2012 | By Tyler Jett, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANOKA HARBOR, N.J. - Sitting at the dinner table, Lakewood BlueClaws first baseman Chris Duffy talked about playing under the sun on summer afternoons. It's taxing, he said, and some guys need to rest afterward. But Duffy, reared on the fields of Florida, can stand the heat. He's used to it. "Plus," Rebecca Palamara cut in, sarcastically, "you're Chris Duffy. " "Yeah," he said. "I am Chris Duffy. " Then he laughed, as he often does at the end of his sentences. And Rebecca rolled her eyes, as she often does at the end of those same sentences.
April 19, 1992 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jack Hines runs his hand down the smooth oaken surface of the boardroom table in West Bradford Township's new municipal building. The huge golden table, which Township Manager Hines crafted himself, glows in the warm spring sunlight shining through the silent meeting room. "This table was a labor of love," Hines says, standing in the township's new building, on 13 wooded acres off Marshallton-Thorndale Road. A former cabinetmaker, Hines, 47, loves building furniture almost as much as he loves his job as township manager.
November 22, 2013
THIS WILL BE a somber Thanksgiving for the Presley family. When the blended clan of 13 souls living in the mustard-colored, five-bedroom house gathers around a dining-room table, Demetry Presley will be with them only in spirit. The athletic, loving, fun-to-be-around, good-with-the-girls 21-year-old was gunned down by a soulless thug on South Street early Sunday morning, dying in the arms of his big brother, Willie. It happened about 1:30, a few steps away from the Mixed Plate Lounge, a restaurant-turned-nightclub that the Presleys, who live in Sicklerville, N.J., rented for $500 to stage an event, a "Stop Light Party.
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