October 8, 1999 |
The walls at Rouge 99 are covered with the palest of floor-to-ceiling blush-colored drapes. The banquette couches are plush enough to nap on. The tables are dark, rich-looking wood. The lighting is subdued and romantic. Even though the place is frequently packed, you feel as if you're dining in a private salon. Only it ain't nothin' like this at your place. In most American homes, the dining room has the same old boring setup that all the houses in the neighborhood have - matching table, chairs and china closet, and the chandelier that was there when you moved in. Wouldn't it be neat if, instead of cookie-cutter sameness, your dining room exuded the kind of ambience you find in upscale restaurants?
March 1, 2012 |
You've tried to be faithful. In January, you wrote a check to the farm that runs your CSA, dreaming of ripe tomatoes come July. You've exhausted the supply of corn and green beans blanched and frozen last summer. You've even tried to embrace the curly kale and cabbage at the few year-round farmer's markets. But only so much can be expected of even the most devoted locavore, especially this time of year. By March, those hard tomatoes, watery strawberries, and pesticide-coated grapes start looking pretty good.
August 15, 2010 |
On this hot summer morning in suburban Collegeville, the Fraser children bounce out of bed and race downstairs. They're not running for the TV - they don't have one. Instead, 10-year-old twins Eliza and Carolina and their brother, Perry, 6, head for the barn, where the hens are cooing and a baby rooster practices his wake-up call. They're already old hands at egg-hunting. "I found one!" Perry shrieks. In no time at all, he and his sisters collect five of these sublimely fresh eggs, soon to be scrambled into a delicious pile for breakfast.
May 31, 2012
4 sticks (1 pound) unsalted butter 1 large white onion, sliced thin 5 garlic cloves, chopped 1 jalapeño, including seeds, chopped 3 bottles Yuengling lager 6 cups canned whole tomatoes in their juice 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes 1/2 cup diced onion Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1. In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño, and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables become tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.
October 12, 1994 |
Like most pop culture, "pop cuisine" is a grass-roots phenomenon that grew slowly over the last century. That's "pop" as in soda. The cuisine developed along with the carbonated drinks that became key ingredients. Records are scant, but Southerners surely were the first to use the sweet syrups available at pharmacy soda fountains in non-beverage ways - principally to flavor and sweeten cakes, and as ice cream toppings - even before the turn of the century. In the years since the creation of Coca-Cola in Atlanta in 1886, cola drinks (led by Coke and Pepsi)
October 24, 2014 |
Seventy-five schoolchildren will be learning how to slice onions, cook pasta, roast vegetables, and make dinners like stuffed peppers and homemade tomato soup this fall as My Daughter's Kitchen cooking program continues to expand and evolve in its fourth season. The mission remains the same as when the lessons began with my own daughter: teaching kids to cook simple, healthful, delicious meals on a budget. Thirty-two volunteers - most of them Inquirer readers who wrote in after reading about the program - will begin teaching 15 afterschool classes around the city and across the river in Camden.
September 19, 1993 |
As we get into fall, the tomato harvest begins to quickly fill up gardens, farm stands and refrigerators. With such wonderful fresh vegetables and fruits available, this is a great time to take your children into the kitchen and introduce them to the cooking as well as to the fragrant flavors of a late summer's harvest. All year long, tomato aficionados yearn for this time of year. Tomatoes are at their peak for flavor, and their texture is just perfect for soups, stews and sauces.
September 15, 1994
Art, the great man once said, is anything you can get away with. Andy Warhol spent his life gleefully proving his point - and Campbell Soup Co. misses the old rascal. Mr. Warhol's deadpan rendition of a Campbell tomato soup can in 1962 helped launch Pop Art - and the cultural free-for-alls of the Sixties. Art critics have been arm-wrestling ever since over the import of Warhol's effort to treat the familiar red-and-white cans - and other artifacts of mass consumption - as icons.
December 8, 1993 |
After wading through all the bureaucratic gobbledygook surrounding President Clinton's planned visit to Bryn Mawr College next Monday, Gail T. Finan had been looking forward to the planning meeting. This one, however, was a bit different from others she had attended. Rather than sitting at a conference table, pad in hand, Finan, director of the college's administrative services and operations, sat in the breakfast room of Wyndham, the alumni house of Bryn Mawr. She sipped wine and savored the taste of roasted veal wrapped around spinach, mozzarella and ricotta cheese.
June 11, 1993 |
As political events go, it was a low-key affair. There was Gov. Florio - two days into the fight for his political survival - shaking hands, sharing memories and sipping homemade tomato soup at the Market Street East Cafe in an otherwise deserted downtown. The quiet campaign send-off on his home turf was sponsored by a group of Rutgers University students and faculty members and a few community activists who wanted to thank Florio for his efforts as he prepared to take on GOP challenger Christine Todd Whitman.