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Philacatessen

Corn Has Arrived!

Sweet corn, that eagerly anticipated summer staple, is arriving in local markets. I procured a tasty dozen at a Produce Junction in Margate, N.J., last weekend, and it was quite heavenly. I cooked all 12...

Cherry Compote

Sour cherries are around for about three weeks. Their season is short and they are rather inconvenient to work with, but my-oh-my are they delicious. One of my signature summer desserts is cherry upside...

A Peach of a Salad

Oh, happy day: Peaches have arrived at the local farmers market. Clingstones are the first to harvest; this varietal boasts a sweet, juicy, yellow flesh with increasing swaths of red as you near the pit....

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...