May 5, 2016 |
RAW AND VEGAN lifestyles have finally gone mainstream. In fact, some might even say they are the newest epicurean delight. That's right: Move over bacon, and so long Wheaties, there's a new breakfast of champions in town. From the hills of Hollywood to the bodegas of Manhattan, everyday folks are clamoring for smoothies, raw juices, tofu wraps, and raw energy balls. There are many reasons more Americans are embracing various forms of vegetarianism, but at the heart of the matter is people's desire to eat cleaner, lighter, and healthier.
April 10, 2016
A 34-year-old Camden man was sentenced Friday to 74 years in prison for kidnapping and shooting of a woman he allegedly had previously assaulted and who remains in a vegetative state. Allan Mattocks must serve at least 64 years before becoming eligible for parole for his conviction on kidnapping, attempted murder, witness tampering, witness retaliation, aggravated assault and other offense, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. Prosecutors said Mattocks kidnapped the then 48-year-old Camden woman on April 12, 2013, shot her in the head and dumped her in a vacant lot in East Camden's Marlton section.
March 11, 2016
A broth without additives In an entrepreneurship class at Penn State's business school, David Sirott and Donnie Weissberg collaborated on a project to make and sell an all-natural, no-salt-added, superfood vegetable broth. Now, Sirott, of Graduate Hospital, and Weissberg, of New York, have launched the business. Their Wild IS! broth, made with kale, spinach, celeriac, basil, and green tea powder extract, is a mild-tasting base for your vegetable soups. Available in local Whole Foods stores (see wild-is.com for a list)
February 26, 2016 |
Hairy, bumpy, and misshapen, root vegetables are hardly glamorous produce. But these kitchen workhorses are ideal for hearty meals, especially in the pre-green months. "When root vegetables are cooked well, they're naturally sweet and they can really hold their own as the center of the plate," says Jon Cichon, chef of Lacroix. The trick is to make them feel exciting. Often relegated to prepackaged soup kits or the forlorn corners of the supermarket shelf, the less familiar roots and tubers are nevertheless worth exploring.
February 5, 2016 |
We have seen the future of food and it's served in a bowl, on top of rice, along with an attractive arrangement of brightly colored vegetables, garnishes, and sauce. It's nutritious, it's cheap, it's bursting with flavor and texture: The rice bowl is everything. "It's a way of eating that's been around for 2,000 years," says David Katz, culinary director of HoneyGrow restaurants, now with seven locations in the region. "People around the world find rice comforting - it's like soul food.
January 29, 2016 |
For many of us living in the cold climes of the Northeast, the start of the year presents something of a consumption conundrum. We vow to knock off those extra pounds racked up from our holiday indulgences and promise we'll stick to our New Year's resolutions to eat more healthily. Meanwhile, the low temperatures and shorter days find us desperately craving hearty dishes filled with carbohydrates and fats. Scientific studies support our comfort food urges: everything from how the body takes more time to break down foods dense in calories, thereby releasing a steady flow of energy to stave off the cold, to the psychological response to seasonal affective disorder that has us reaching for mac and cheese or chicken pot pie to overcome the gloom from lack of daylight.
October 9, 2015 |
Brian Sirhal and Tim Spinner - the duo behind the Mexican trio of Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz, and Taqueria Feliz - are spinning pizzas with their new suburban project, Pizzeria Felici . Pizzeria Felici (see what they did with the name?) is in the Elements Horsham at 303 Horsham Rd. (215-323-4530). Specialty is Neopolitan-style pizza cooked in a double-hearthed, wood-fired oven. Menu, designed by chef Jim Burke (ex-James), includes starters/antipasti, pastas, and entrees. Michael Brenfleck, last at La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount, is chef.
August 30, 2015 |
What it is: Sometimes one thing - perhaps a song or a place - can encapsulate an entire summer in one neat sensory keepsake. Maybe it's a meal in which tastes and textures converge to create a bit of summer bliss on a plate - like the broiled Atlantic flounder with Jersey Fresh vegetables served at the Oyster Creek Inn in Leeds Point. Chef Scott Kuppel says the rustic restaurant, at the edge of a salt marsh, usually begins serving the fish dish in June, just when delectable Jersey-grown veggies such as sweet corn, tomatoes, and spinach are coming into season.
August 14, 2015
Grain bowls like Jessica Koslow makes are incredibly adaptable. You can use almost anything in your kitchen, if you apply a little good sense and keep in mind a few basic rules. First, of course, comes the grain. Koslow prefers rice, like the brown rice grown in California by Koda Farms: "It's so healthy and it tastes so good. It's brown but not too brown. " But you can use any other cooked whole grain, such as farro, barley or quinoa. The grain has to be well-seasoned. Koslow dresses the rice in her bowls with both butter for body and an acid for tartness.
August 5, 2015 |
LAST SUMMER, Blair Shaw, an attorney who lives in Brewerytown, regularly walked his dog, Bailey, past a dense weed jungle on Master Street near 27th, unaware that in 2011 it had been Marathon Farm, an oasis of veggies in an urban food desert. Its motto: "Spreading the Love: one carrot at a time!" But by 2013, the Marathon Grill restaurant chain, which had cleared the third-of-an-acre lot and created Marathon Farm with such high hopes, suffered financial setbacks and pulled out. By last summer, the raised wood-frame beds had deteriorated and disappeared in the tall weeds, leaving no clue of their brief "one carrot at a time" history.