June 16, 2011 |
Knowing what we now know about trans fats and corn syrup and empty calories, the once-innocent melody of the neighborhood ice cream truck can sound like the bells of dietary doom. Thankfully, four area businesses are bringing healthier alternatives (and a bit of whimsy) to the frozen-confection market this summer. Rolling out of the gate on a custom-made tricycle is Little Baby's Ice Cream, featuring small-batch, mostly organic sweets by the scoop. Founders Pete Angevine, Martin Brown, and Jeffrey Ziga are closely connected to the local arts scene, and the business reflects their "food punk" aesthetic, from the reprogrammed ice-cream-truck theme song to the retro-cute logo.
November 18, 2010 |
SICK OF hearing about brines and frying and smoking? Had your fill of sage and thyme and rosemary? Tradition dictates the food groups - bird, stuffing, 'taters of various sorts and pie, pie and more pie for dessert. But within those confines there's plenty of room to get creative. We offer here some new takes on sides and pie, as well as a by-the-numbers outline of how much food you'll need to satisfy the hungry family, and a comparison of gravy mixes. But first let's talk turkey.
August 9, 2013 |
No beach house this year? No swim club? No cabin in the mountains? At least there's still one cooling summer pleasure more democratic than those options: milk shakes. Pretty much everyone loves them, and in this town, great versions are everywhere. Most cost only about $5. Even a scorcher of a day feels better when you're sipping a tall, frosty cup of whipped ice cream. Some versions are so thick they require a spoon; others are perfect for drinking. The most decadent versions call for mix-ins like cake, candy, or even booze.
November 13, 2008
Using seasonal vegetables and fruits, and substituting less pricey cuts of meat or ingredients in a recipe can make all the difference when you are preparing a holiday meal on a budget. We asked two local professional chefs for cost-cutting alternatives to some Thanksgiving dishes. Chef Patrick Feury, of Maia, in Villanova, suggested a dish with inexpensive fresh cranberries. Chef Pippo Lamberti, of Old City's Positano Coast, offered a cost-cutting main dish that subs pork loin for rabbit or turkey, and a dessert using vanilla extract where a recipe might call for an upscale addition like vanilla beans.
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.
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.