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Dinner in Five Minutes

OK, it’s not exactly five minutes: It’s five minutes from the time your water boils. But it’s pretty darn quick for a full-scale delicious meal. And yes, it is yet another wonderful treat from...

Refrigerator Pickles

Pickling has become a major culinary trend. It is beyond my culinary patience to go all out with sterilized jars, rubber seals and huge batches, but any fool can make refrigerator pickles. I am living...

Kale Slaw

In my ongoing quest to find new and exciting ingredients at my farmers market, this week I discovered red Russian kale. I know kale is fairly ubiquitous these days, but the red Russian variety is...

Red Poke New Addition to Casual Dining Scene

Red Poke (rhymes with OK) at the corner of Second and South streets in Philadelphia offers a healthy, fresh take on a Hawaiian staple. The menu is simple: bowls, burritos and miso soup. But the...

Pak Choi, Bok Choy’s Greener Cousin

In my continuing quest to discover new and exciting things at the local farmers market, I happened upon Pak Choi. When I asked the farmer what it was, he said it was very similar to...

Chocolate Bread Pudding

In my world, if I say a dessert tastes like “breakfast” it is the ultimate insult. Cakes that are insufficiently sweet so they more closely resemble muffins or Danish, puddings that are too eggy and...

Green Garlic, Spring’s Latest Gift

I am a huge fan of the flavor of garlic in foods. It is a rare recipe of mine (barring dessert) that does not begin with “heat oil and garlic.” For example, I recently enjoyed...

Springing into Farmers Markets with Asparagus Scape Risotto

I know the calendar tells us that spring arrives with the equinox in late March, and the old saying claims that robins are the harbingers of spring. But for me, spring arrives when the farmers...

I’m an Ambassador!

The Reading Terminal Market, Philly’s gustatory mecca, has launched a new “Ambassador” program to help shoppers and diners navigate the aisles. In response to research that revealed a need for more customer assistance in navigating...

Searching for Israeli Cuisine

One recent Saturday evening, my husband and I found ourselves unencumbered by social obligations, teenager demands or hosting responsibilities and landed at the theatre viewing the documentary film Searching for Israeli Cuisine, featuring Philly’s own...