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Philacatessen

Shichimi Togarashi

After pitching Japanese shiso leaves to my editor, I learned he is a fan of all things Japanese. So I made a mental note to keep an eye out for Japanese-related food topics. Right around that...

Shiso Leaves, New Year Discovery

In my ongoing quest to find new and different produce items, I was delighted to encounter shiso leaves at my local farmers market. I had tasted shiso in sushi rolls — sometimes chefs will use...

The Bagel Place: A Great Place to Nosh

The Bagel Place at 404 Queen St. in Philadelphia’s Queen Village neighborhood is a bright, spacious, inviting, immaculately clean corner eatery where bagels are king. I lunched there last week, and was delighted by the...

New Discovery: Ong Choy

My produce discovery journey continues: Last Sunday’s Farmers Market proffered a new-to-me green called ong choy, also known as water spinach. It is known for tender stalks and long, thin, pointy leaves. Ong choy is...

A Peach of a Dessert

I love desserts. I love to make them, share them, eat them, invent them … but I have a family that tends to avoid them in large measure. My son is supremely picky — anything...

A Perfect Filet

On a recent Saturday night, we hosted a special send-off dinner for our daughter, who was heading to a rowing competition in Canada. We knew she would be eating a lot of pasta and pizza...

Gongura: New Discovery

As I continue my love affair with the local farmers market, I’m still making new and exciting discoveries. Last week’s involved a green/herb that was totally new to me: gongura. It is a leafy green...

A Very Tasty Burger

This time of year, grilled burgers are everywhere. Barbecues, picnics, even a quick weeknight dinner are all fair game for burgers to take center stage. Last week, I had a hankering for a burger and...

Arugula Artichoke Salad

I traveled through New England recently and happened upon a delightful little trattoria/pizzeria in Woodstock, Vt., cleverly named “Pi.” The specialty arugula artichoke salad was a corker, and quickly became part of my repertoire. The...

Smoky Quinoa Caprese Salad

This dish was born of a few snafus. My plan was a tabouli-style quinoa salad, so I started by cooking the quinoa early in the day. But I became engrossed in the article I...