A new Wawa with gas pumps opened at Grant Avenue and Academy Road. To celebrate, a ribbon-cutting presentation was held with local council members. A hoagie-building contest was held between the Fire Department’s Ladder 31 and the Police Department’s 8th district. The police department won, making 53 hoagies in three minutes.
I live in a house with guys who appreciate good, homemade pies, especially at Thanksgiving time. And I appreciate their appreciation. Instant gratification, for a cook, is an empty pie plate. It’s thankfulness come full circle.
We remember our veterans this time of year, and a special date comes to mind. Nov. 11, of course – the day World War I, the Great War, ended. In remembrance of all of our veterans, I’m sending a shoutout and a big “Thank You,” and hope you had a Happy Veterans Day.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Some years ago, I attended a series of lectures at a local hospital with a family member who had recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. The classes were taught by a nutritionist who gave advice and tips on eating the right foods to help keep blood-sugar levels from reaching extremes. It wasn’t, I found out, just about sugar.
What do ghosts, goblins, ghouls and things that go bump in the night eat? Well, after they take off their Halloween costumes, they might enjoy a caramel apple-on-a-stick. Of course, the appeal of an apple-on-a-stick is not limited to Freddie Krueger, Count Dracula or Batman. Princesses, dragons, dinosaurs or even Elsa, this year’s No. 1 Halloween costume, from the movie Frozen, may also enjoy one.
Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. It’ll do magic believe it or not. Bippidy-boppity-boo. These words may not magically turn your pumpkin into a Rolls-Royce or produce the charming prince who is the man of your dreams, but they are a catchy tune that you can sing while you’re cooking up something special – like The Great Pumpkin Meatloaf.
Oatmeal has evolved. Oats aren’t just for horses. Oats are served everywhere today. History is repeating itself in a good way. Oats are a food whose time has come again. Oatmeal is what’s for breakfast.
Comfort food is a “love pat for your tummy.” It’s like a delightful, gastronomical hug. Your comfort food may invoke pleasant memories, favorite tastes, or just make you feel happy. Each person’s comfort food is unique to him (or her) self. However, some studies propose that positive emotions cause comfort food eating in men, while negative emotions cause it in women. Caution, ladies: Eat a little comfort food, and walk a little more.
The Hop Angel Brauhaus in Fox Chase launched a fall full of public festivals last weekend with its inaugural Pumpkinfest on Saturday and Sunday. The German-style public house offered a variety of pumpkin beers and pumpkin dish specials, while engaging visitors in a variety of seasonal activities, including pumpkin decorating.
It’s officially autumn. Yesterday was the first full day of the season, and that means local apples are ripe for the picking and ready for eating. Without a doubt, there is a huge difference in taste between a locally picked apple and one that has been in cold storage. The flavor is not apples to apples. Local apples taste like the “homemade” version of what an apple should be. They are the epitome of flavor. Apples are one of the top fruit choices for Americans, and for many other people throughout the world, too. If you can purchase local apples during the next month or so, you are truly in for a treat. How do you like those apples?
Donna Zitter Bordelon
| September 24, 2014 |
It was sweet, good and fun for everyone. The Philadelphia Honey Festival, held last weekend, proved to bee the queen bee of festivals — one sweet treat. If you missed this year’s festival, mark your calendar for next September, and bee ready to buzz over there. Besides honey tastings from local beekeepers with jars of honey and honeycomb for sale, there were hive demonstrations, honey extractions, plant sales and children’s activities, along with music and a cooking contest. Additionally, two authors were on hand and discussed their new books – one a bee thriller about colony collapse disorder, sprinkled with suspense and romance, and the other about urban beekeeping. Libations made with honey for sampling included mead and Colonial porter — both “unbee-lievaby” tasty.
Donna Zitter Bordelon
| September 17, 2014 |
A Bavarian and Local Beer Tasting will be held this Saturday at the Danube Swabian Association.
There is this persistent rumor that’s been going around for years that people like to drink beer. Those intrigued by this notion might like to make it over to the Danube Swabian Association, 1277 Southampton Road, on Saturday, Sept. 13, to sample some imported and local suds.