Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring Feb. 2, but do not let the state’s most famous groundhog hinder your plans to enjoy your winter comfort foods. Marlene Tenuto might revere the rodent, but she also loves staying true to seasonal delights, as evidenced by her Chicken Tortilla Soup submission.
The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos are California dreaming as they prepare for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara. If you are envisioning having a party to celebrate the historic matchup and are fretting over the possibility of enduring long takeout waits, take matters into your own oven, and try these Pepperoni Pizza Cups from Debbie Robb.
We could surely use a dose of welcoming weather akin to what we received late last month, couldn’t we? The Philadelphia International Airport reported that 22.4 inches of snow ensnared us over the weekend, and though we are unlikely to have to contend with another storm of that caliber, we should always make dietary preparations that include more than feverish trips for bread, milk, and eggs.
Stuffed peppers have long enjoyed status as global goodies, with numerous cultures crafting delectable versions. Anyone familiar with South Philly knows how much locals love fulfilling their vegetable needs through these offerings, so give a nod to Melissa Rivera for going green.
A few days after the massive blizzard of January 1996, I wrote a column called “Blizzard Dream Food.” I had been snow-bound for days when all of a sudden who should appear in my kitchen but Julia Child. “Phyllis, dearie, you have been cooking and running the dishwasher day and night. You need a break. Just click your heels together three times and all your favorite dishes from Philadelphia restaurants will appear on your kitchen table,” she said.
French children are sometimes given radishes with butter or pain perdu, which means “lost bread,” but is actually French toast, as an after-school snack. Some may think radishes with butter is strange, but I first sampled this appetizer in France, and it is actually quite tasty.
Happy hour has become as popular as Sunday brunch. It seems every restaurant, from pubs to casual spots and high-end places, is offering lower prices during a set time.