February 23, 2012
"A LOT of people might be very surprised at the number of African Americans who are health-conscious and who are vegan," Evelyn Redcross said. She wasn't kidding. I've been told, straight-faced, that "black vegans" are nonexistent, since the "veggie" thing is just spoiled white college kids acting out. But there are many reasons and rationales for eating vegan and vegetarian. Redcross believes a more health-conscious attitude in her own community is helping bring people out to the vegan brunch she and her husband, Mercer, throw nearly every Sunday at the 7165 Lounge, their banquet facility in the former North by Northwest on Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy.
January 12, 2012 |
Growing up in a meat-and-potatoes Midwestern family, my familiarity with greens was limited mainly to lettuce, spinach, and brussels sprouts, and those tiny cabbages became fodder for long-running dinner feuds with my father. Many a night, he'd order me to sit and finish the bitter, mushy, boiled knobs that I despised. Usually, my mother would rescue me by stealthily swiping most of the sprouts off my plate and making me eat only the remaining few. That was before I (or my mother)
December 29, 2011 |
We've seen farm-to-family, farm-to-school, even farm-to-office programs. Now it's time for farm-to-freezer. Winter Sun Farm Greater Philadelphia ( wintersunfarmsgp.com ) is the region's first farm-to-freezer Community Supported Agriculture program. Launched by Adam and Sara Gordon of Doylestown, the December-through-April CSA offers once-a-month pick-up at locations in Philadelphia, Elkins Park, Swarthmore, Newtown, Doylestown, and Ottsville in Pennsylvania and Collingswood and Stockton, Hunterdon County, in New Jersey.
December 1, 2011 |
As a judge at a recent chili cook-off, I quickly learned that some like it hot, some mild, some with meat, others without. But everyone is passionate about chili. Here is a variation using only vegetables, which makes an easy dinner in this busy season. My chili uses hominy, a grain American Indians introduced to the colonists. It is dried white or yellow corn, soaked or boiled to remove the hulls, and sold canned or dried; hominy gives this chili an interesting texture. The canned version is perfect for this recipe.
November 23, 2011
ON THIS DAY before Thanksgiving, let's talk turkey. About pizza. In what should have been a joke but, unfortunately, was not, Congress last week passed a bill that, in effect, counts pizza as a vegetable to meet nutritional standards for taxpayer-subsidized school lunches. As Seth Meyers, of "Saturday Night Live" - with the aid of Kermit the Frog - put it: "Really?" Really. And here's something else that's all too real: When it comes to a contest between money and science - or money and our children's health - well, there's really no contest.
November 23, 2011 |
A reader lamented that she had never been able to find a vegetable soup that comes close to Coral Tree Cafe's in Southern California . "I know they must have a secret ingredient in there that gives it that extra something special! With fall here, I would love to make this soup at home," wrote the reader. Coral Tree Cafe was happy to share its vegetable soup recipe, which we've adapted below. Enjoy! Coral Tree Cafe Vegetable Soup Makes 8 to 10 servings 2 tablespoons oil 2 cups diced carrots 2 cups diced onions 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 3/4 cup pearl barley 1 quart vegetable broth 1 1/2 cups prepared marinara sauce 2 cups quartered mushrooms 2 cups diced zucchini Salt and pepper 1. Heat a medium, heavy-bottom pot over medium heat until hot. Add the oil, then add the carrots, onions, bell pepper, thyme, and barley.
October 5, 2011 |
Delaware County is taking from the bad guys to give to the good guys. State-of-the-art equipment once used to grow marijuana will soon be used to grow vegetables and herbs in Philadelphia, G. Michael Green, Delaware County's district attorney, said Tuesday. The equipment, seized in a Chester drug bust, will be donated to Cheyney University and the Partnership CDC, of West Philadelphia. It will expand the Urban Food Lab at the Partnership CDC's facility at 4020 Market St., Philadelphia.
July 11, 2011 |
Eve Minson had challenging careers in advertising and education, but what she loved more than anything else was working the soil. Now, at 53, she makes her living - in the most holistic sense of the word - growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs on a rented swath of heaven that she calls Just One Seed, a field of barely 1 1/2 acres in rural upper Bucks County. Her equally enterprising neighbors, Marc and Joanna Michini, raise hogs, lambs, chickens, turkeys, and rabbits on another rented parcel carved from the 120-acre Come Along Farm, about a mile from the Delaware River in Tinicum Township.
June 24, 2011 |
Libby Goldstein can't stand the "3-H's" - hazy, hot, humid - for even one more summer. And quite frankly - which, quite frankly, is all this firecracker can be - she's sick of the politics. So after 35 years of intimate involvement, Goldstein has retired from the Southwark/Queen Village Community Garden at Third and Christian Streets, which she founded in 1976. Back then, community gardens were a political act, more about feeding the poor than growing heirloom tomatoes. Unlike hundreds of other gardens from that era, this one survives and thrives - in large measure because of Goldstein, who is both revered as icon and mentor and remembered as "pot-stirrer" and "pain in the a--. " Now, Miss All-of-the-Above has given up her vegetable plot, though not her key to the gate.
June 9, 2011 |
BERLIN - Cucumbers were back on the radar of German health authorities Wednesday as the possible cause of an E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed at least 26 people and sickened more than 2,700. Two weeks ago, investigators blamed cucumbers from Spain for the deadly outbreak and then later ruled them out as the source. Then, the focus shifted to sprouts from northern Germany, but none that were tested turned out to be contaminated with the bacterium strain blamed for the outbreak.