February 5, 2016 |
The reformed marijuana grower and the ex-Wall Street banker make an unlikely duo, working side by side in an old South Philadelphia factory building where - despite the chill outside - the air is warm, humid, and sweetened by hundreds of basil plants. Lee Weingrad, the grower, and Jack Griffin, the businessman, have great hopes for this "vertical" farm, where hydroponic herbs, microgreens, and tomatoes crowd together in troughs stacked almost to the ceiling. This is Metropolis Farms.
February 1, 2016 |
Carbon monoxide poisoning is more of a danger in winter months than it is in summer because cold weather tends to make us stay in a very tight indoor environment. The odorless, colorless - yet potentially deadly - gas results from the burning of wood, natural gas, oil, and kerosene. To keep carbon monoxide from building up in your home, don't use generators, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning devices inside the house, the basement or the garage, or near windows.
January 30, 2016
By Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg Twenty-three inches of snow ago, we were feeling pretty smug. We were proud that we didn't waste money on a January vacation to the Riviera Maya like some of our friends did. We were glad we didn't prepay for discount lift tickets at Jack Frost, whose ski trails were bare. We wondered whether anyone was buying the marked-down mittens and scarves at the post-Christmas sale when it was 70 degrees outside. We felt bad for the kids who wouldn't have a snow day and the TV weather anchors who had to fake enthusiasm for a seven-day forecast of nothing but mid-40s temperatures and gray skies.
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.
January 26, 2016 |
First, it's too warm to buy a new winter coat. Then, just when you need one, a powerful storm forces the stores to close. While many began the exhaustive task of digging themselves and their vehicles out, others stayed indoors, hoping the sun would do much of the work. As a result, the region's malls, restaurants, and bars reopened for business, but their customers didn't return in droves. Wendy Silverwood, 55, of East Goshen, Chester County, was among those who stayed home Sunday.
January 16, 2016 |
For coat retailers, it's worse than a winter of discontent. It's one of deep discounts. The unseasonably warm weather and zero snow have left piles of unsold winter merchandise on stores' floors. While no one has tracked the overall losses, retail analysts say it's easily in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the year's last quarter, causing havoc at stores from Macy's to Burlington Coat Factory. All that red ink is a boon for consumers, though. This month, several retailers resorted to deep discounting of coats, which typically doesn't occur until February or March.
January 13, 2016
A doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania died late last month during the winter break, a school official confirmed Monday night. Stephen Kyle Wilshusen's death Dec. 31 was ruled a suicide by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, the Daily Pennsylvanian newspaper reported. No further information on his death was available. Wilshusen, a native of Boulder, Colo., was a first-year Ph.D. student in computer science, said Vijay Kumar, the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering.
January 10, 2016 |
I chuckled as I wrote this in December because it had been warmer than usual and the next several days promised to be in the upper 50s and mid-60s, if one believes the weather forecasters (I don't). What I offer are suggestions from the people who make the Snow Joe Hybrid iON, a snow blower that operates on either a lithium battery or an AC power cord. As veteran readers know, I bought a gas-driven snow thrower/blower in the fall of 1997 after having weathered the winter of 1996 and its record snowfalls.
January 9, 2016
PENNSAUKEN Camden County's WinterFest Ice Rink will present free professional ice skating shows four times a week beginning Friday and continuing through Valentine's Day. "Rock the Ice" skating shows will be presented at 7 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. "Come see the performers as they bring modern music to life on ice," said Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department. "The show features upbeat dance moves, specialty skating acts, triple jumps, backflips, and great music.
January 7, 2016
Makes 4 servings / enough for 2 batches of socca. 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, diced 1 onion, diced ½ large bell pepper, diced ½ large eggplant, cut into small chunks 1 small potato, cubed 1 small sweet potato 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 14 ounce can diced tomatoes 3/4 cup water 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup cooked chickpeas Salt and...