September 16, 2014
C OLEMAN and Ilene Poses, of West Mount Airy, founded Chilly Philly Ice Cream in 1998. Coleman, 66, retired last month from research and information management in the city's Department of Behavioral Health. Ilene, 63, is a retired special-education teacher in the Philadelphia School District. I spoke with Coleman. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Chilly Philly? A: We came back from a vacation in 1995 and learned that Breyers had decided to leave the city. That upset me because I grew up close to their plant [in West Philadelphia]
August 7, 2002 |
Remember the Chipwich craze? Back in the '80s, folks couldn't get enough of the ice cream sandwich that packed a giant scoop of vanilla between two doughy chocolate chip cookies. These days, people still grab Chipwiches from freezer cases. But baker Roz Bratt, who owns a cozy 5th Street pastry shop called Homemade Goodies, thinks a couple of her buttery oatmeal raisin cookies would make a great homemade alternative to the familiar treat. Roz says vanilla ice cream tastes great with her cookies, but you might want to try raspberry sherbet or rum raisin.
April 15, 2010 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A summer Sunday food memory, circa 1974: I'm sitting at the table watching while my mother makes banana pudding and my older sister discusses her latest date. One talks about the frustrations of romance. The other listens, nodding, while patiently, steadily, assembling dessert: Lining the casserole dish with vanilla wafers from a box. Slicing bananas and placing the circles just so. Spooning on a layer of vanilla-flavored pudding. Building the layers until the casserole is full, then covering it with a final layer of fluffy, white whipped topping.
July 19, 2013
The deal: Third-generation owner Christine Konowal has come a long way since her grandparents started the Roxborough ice-cream stand in 1955 offering only homemade vanilla and chocolate soft-serve. Homemade creamy goodness remains the family trademark in 21 hard ice-cream flavors plus shakes, cakes, sundaes and water ice. Konowal's sons, Shane and Sean, are the creamery's fourth generation. Details: 5461 Ridge Ave., open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, mid-March through mid-November, 215-487-1920, custardcakescreamery.com . Decor: A "Happy Days" retro exterior with outside seating on benches, chairs and the parking lot wall.
November 9, 2007
MICHAEL Smerconish's assertion ("Hooray for Vajayjay!") that the word vagina is encouraged by feminists to make the vagina itself less inviting to men, misses the mark like a virgin on his wedding night. In Latin, "vagina" means sheath, as in a casing for a sword, and it's also the root for the word "vanilla. " Mr. Smerconish wants to move away from the mystery and allure of "vagina" to a word that's a little more Maxim. He likes that vajayjay says "open for business" and that it's a little more "Facebook.
July 3, 2009
MIXING BEER and ice cream seems like a totally gross idea that should offend everyone. It is a disservice to two perfectly fine indulgences, akin to mixing baseball and sex. There is no reason to believe they might be consenting partners. Indeed, no less an authority than the Weekly World News reported on April 11, 1989, that beer floats were among "the world's weirdest snacks," on a "bizarre" list that included liverwurst-and-grape-jelly sandwiches. The tabloid's culinary warnings notwithstanding, I'm obliged to report that pouring beer into ice cream does not disturb the natural order.
August 13, 1986 |
Ice cream is a mental payoff. It says, "I'm worth it. " That's the "treat or reward" an ice cream lover feels he has earned after achieving a goal, according to Wendell Arbuckle, professor emeritus of dairy sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, author of numerous ice cream textbooks and consultant to an ice cream manufacturer. Among his other reasons why people like ice cream: Habit: Ice cream is as much a part of some daily regimens as coffee in the morning or bread and butter with a meal.
June 28, 1995 |
Blueberries put the blue in a July 4 barbecue. This cobbler recipe, from 'Something Sweet" by Jack Bishop (Simon & Schuster/$15), is a fine way to welcome summer. Choose blueberries that are plump and taut. Avoid wrinkled berries; they're past their prime. BEST-EVER BLUEBERRY COBBLER 3 cups blueberries 1/2 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons 1/3 cup orange juice 2/3 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder Pinch salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
June 15, 1987 |
In South Philly, all conversations and dinners end at the first note from a music box on a white paneled truck. Like homing pigeons, barefoot children rush out of their homes and zero in on the melody. Inside the truck, behind a small window, Vedat Aboush, 23, is waiting for them. They wave, then turn their attention to the decals glued to the window. Standing on tiptoe, they point their teeny fingers to the picture that they like the best. And then the children utter one of two magic words: va-NEL-a CHA-klit And presto, Aboush hands them a wafer cone of soft ice cream in their favorite flavor of the moment.
December 16, 2010
CHRISTIAN GATTI'S BAVARIAN CREME 1 ounce gelatin 2 tablespoons rum 2 tablespoons brandy 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier 1 quart heavy cream 1 quart whole milk 1 vanilla bean sliced in half lengthwise with seeds removed, or 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract Pinch salt 3/4 cup sugar 12 egg yolks 1 cup white chocolate, chopped (if using white chocolate chips, add 4 tablespoons vegetable oil)...