March 11, 1998 |
There were flowery foods and menus blooming all over town last week as the Philadelphia Flower Show added distinctive food elements to its celebration of aesthetic gardening. The show's "La Passion du Jardin" theme linked the culinary and horticultural aspects of French gardens and featured Anne Willan, founder of France's La Varenne cooking school in Burgundy, and prominent local chefs for cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, dinners, and other special events. The annual indoor preview of spring was presented by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
August 29, 2008 |
Roger Doiron has an idea for the next eater-in-chief: Bring back the victory garden! He wants the next president to plant an organic vegetable garden on the front lawn of the White House, one that would supply fresh produce to the first family and local food cupboards; set an example of self-sufficiency, healthy eating and sustainability for the whole country; and make a statement about what we grow in front of our homes. He calls this vision "Eat the View," and here's the statement it (he)
August 11, 2014 |
Typically, those who acquire ancestral homes modernize them. Keith and Janet Childs did the reverse, aging his grandparents' mid-20th-century split-level back about 200 years. Except for an attached garage, the Blue Bell house now resembles the historic mansions of Germantown, such as Cliveden, site of a Revolutionary War battle. Gen. Washington lost that fight, but he won the war and the hearts of his countrymen - including Keith Childs. "George Washington is in every room in this house," Janet Childs says.
April 12, 1996 |
Bill Dupper Jr. of Swedesboro carries on a family tradition of maintaining a vegetable garden that belonged to his grandfather. Dupper yesterday spread lime to neutralize the acid in the soil.
August 15, 2014 |
Like every great home cook, Josephine Samuel has one legendary signature dish. "My mother showed me how to do fried chicken and how you make it taste real good," said Samuel, a Mantua resident. But, she added wistfully, "You can't eat fried chicken every night. " So, she enrolled in "Local Culinary Traditions," a new, free course offering from Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sports Management that invites West Philadelphia residents and any Drexel students to collaborate in documenting beloved family recipes and experimenting with making them healthier.
August 10, 2014 |
In this grim summer for the Philadelphia School District, there are a very few bright spots. On Friday, in a backyard in West Philadelphia, one shone brightly. Twenty-five School District students, all recent immigrants from African countries, stood in the sun, celebrating their shoring up math concepts, working on science projects, and practicing their English. Assetou Keita, 20, a student at Benjamin Franklin High, said she came to the United States nearly three years ago speaking no English.
August 8, 2014 |
SHILLINGTON, Pa. - With a fresh coat of white paint and a green moat of surgically cropped lawn, the house where John Updike grew into adolescence sits prettily along a busy road in this suburb of Reading. But inside is the detritus of renovation-in-progress - bare floorboards, stripped walls, paint cans, bent nails, wood splinters, patches of wallpaper - covered in dust. "These things take time," sighs Maria Mogford, curator of the John Updike Childhood Home. "We wanted it to be ready this fall, but ... it has a way to go. " When it opens, probably next year, the site will join childhood residences-turned-museums of other famed American authors.
August 13, 2014 |
Costa N. Calliagas, 77, of Philadelphia, a bridge painter and sandwich shop owner, died Saturday, Aug. 9, of complications from a kidney disease in Vitas Hospice at Nazareth Hospital. A native of Greece, Mr. Calliagas arrived in Philadelphia in 1964. He moved to Wilmington, where he worked as a dishwasher and then a bridge painter on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. "On the new portion of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, he was the first one to reach the top," said his son, Nicholas. Mr. Calliagas opened a produce business, followed by a series of submarine sandwich shops in Wilmington.
April 4, 2008
You can tell Joy Larkcom's had decades of experience growing vegetables. One clue is her long list of books, which includes Organic Salad Garden , Oriental Vegetables , and The Vegetable Garden Displayed . Another clue is the sheer number of practical ideas in the newly revised edition of her 1997 book Creative Vegetable Gardening (Sterling Publishing, $19.95). Larkcom has been ahead of the vegetable-gardening trend, documented anew last month by the Garden Writers Association Foundation.