April 12, 2012 |
One recipe Basic Pie Crust ( recipe here ) Flour for the counter 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water 6 tablespoons strawberry jam Powdered sugar 1. Prepare the pie crust in two discs according to the recipe, and refrigerate it for at least two hours and up to two days. 2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 3. Roll the first disc of pie pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 9-x12-inch rectangle, cutting with the sharp knife any errant edges.
April 12, 2012 |
If you want your friends and family to think you're a superstar at the stove, make them some crackers. It's a lot easier than it sounds. The "wow" factor stems from the simple fact that most people never consider making their own crackers, even though the ingredients cost just pennies and you can finish a batch in minutes. "Crackers are one of those things we automatically buy without thinking about it," says Alana Chernila, author of the new book The Homemade Pantry (Potter), which provides from-scratch recipes for dozens of typically store-bought items, including cheese, chai tea, and sauerkraut.
January 28, 2011 |
In response to advice on how to clean a toaster oven, a reader in Chicago wondered how to clean the glass. The answer, from a reader in Baltimore, is "just use the cleaner designed for use on glass cooktops. I've been doing it for years - works every time. " Thank you. Question: I have a very expensive stone dining room table, imported from Italy, that has some type of finish on it. Recently, I discovered a ring stain from a glass. How can I remove this? I called the shop where I bought the table several years ago, but they were unable to help me. Answer: We have a polished-marble top on our dining room table (it took four movers to get it to this house from our last one 10 years ago)
February 24, 2010 |
Talk about branding. Soon, fans will able to scorch a big 'P' - in the Phillies logo font - onto toast. No, we're not being wry. Use white or whole wheat, you like, although the 'P' might be hard to see on pumpernickel. Yes, an actual Phillies toaster is one of many new novelty items fans should find this season at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park, most of them by April 1. "Now that's a hot item," said Francis Winkey, retail manager of the shop.
June 4, 2008 |
Most of the 7,000 full-time students who live on the University of Pennsylvania's West Philadelphia campus have gone home for the summer, but, oh, the things they left behind. There were 5,000 hangers, toasters, irons and TVs, coffeemakers and microwaves and kettles for tea. There were 12 pairs of crutches, mounds of pounds of clothing and 2,500 pairs of shoes; George Foreman grills, scales, blenders and refrigerators, too. There were boxes of books, Bibles, even the Quran; jewelry and Christmas lights and 400 lamps.
November 3, 2005 |
My grandfather was nearly 80 years old before he stepped into the kitchen to do anything more than pop a couple of pieces of bread in the toaster for breakfast. Almost every meal of his adult life was prepared by my grandmother, whose two greatest culinary achievements were creamy mashed potatoes and Jell-O with floating banana slices. After my grandmother passed away, he realized he couldn't rely forever on the endless stream of tuna casseroles the elderly women of Century Village left on his doorstep.
June 9, 2005 |
Never underestimate the power of a home-cooked meal, especially if it's the sort of comfort food or ethnic specialty that connects you to your childhood and your roots. That's what inspires the ladies, and the occasional gentleman, of the Holy Rosary Society at St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church in Bridesburg, who gather periodically, as they did a few weeks ago, to stock the church freezers with traditional Polish dinners. The women prepare the hearty, wholesome meals to augment more contemporary fare that younger parishioners regularly add to the church larder; together they sustain the homebound elderly in their community.
April 6, 2005 |
They may be sleek, they may even be sexy. But when they're switched off, those coveted big-screen, flat-panel TV sets are just big black rectangles hanging on the wall. Now, to the rescue of the technologically endowed but scenery-deprived come a bevy of entrepreneurs with just the thing to brighten those idling $1,000-plus TVs: screen savers. Scenes of tropical fish, butterflies, waterfalls, even fine art are available on DVDs and other media to display on big-screen TVs when they are not showing news, sports and entertainment.
October 6, 2004
THANKS MOSTLY to Pennsylvania's coal-fired utility power plants, the state's air, rivers, lakes and streams are loaded with pollutants that sicken us and reduces the life expectancies of 1,800 people a year. That's according to an unsettling report titled "A Breath of Fresh Air: How Smarter Energy Choices Can Protect the Health of Pennsylvanian" recently issued by the Physicians for Social Responsibility. "Except for North Carolina and Ohio, Pennsylvania releases more toxics - mercury, acid gases and toxic metals - into the air from coal-fired power plants than any other state," the report states.
June 13, 2003 |
Brown it or burn it. Used to be those were the only things a toaster could do. Now, there are more. Many higher-end models can toast a bagel without scorching the outside. Some can warm pastries and baguettes, too. A handful have memory to recall various browning settings. You can even find a toaster that creates a sense of theater, with glass side panels that allow you to watch the bread move and brown as a motorized carriage carries it past the heating element (Applica's Arize by Black & Decker, $54.99, www.blackanddecker.