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AT THE TABLE WITH: Laura Vernola Simpson

By Bette Banjack|

FOOD: Use your noodle with help from the pros

It’s late. You’re hungry, tired. You reach for a take-out menu, but have second thoughts. Colu Henry knows the feeling. In fact, it inspired her to write “Back Pocket Pasta.” ...

By Emily Ryan For Digital First Media |


  • Food

    FOOD: Local artisanal collaborations to try now -- drinks, cheese and more

    “Share the spirits!” So goes the saying at Five Saints Distilling in Norristown, where fans also can share the caramels thanks to a collaboration with chocolatier Gail Warner.

    By Emily Ryan For Digital First Media |

  • Food

    QUICK COOK: These potatoes are truly smashing

    I’m just back from Chicago, where I was helping to care for my 85-year-old mother after she had a knee replacement. Usually when I’m home, I’m too busy seeing friends to cook. This time was different. Each day, I’d go to Whole Foods to shop for fresh food to create a delicious meal for my mom and family. It gave me a chance to try some new dishes, including these easy, delicious do-ahead smashed potatoes.

    By Bibby Gignilliat Special to Digital First Media|

  • Lifestyle

    ART: ‘Touch of the Future’ puts students’ art in the spotlight

    The original artwork of talented students from high schools in Bucks and Montgomery counties is being showcased in the 31st annual “Touch the Future” art show being held at Arcadia University in Glenside.

    By Maryanne Swartz For Digital First Media|

  • Entertainment

    WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready to DineKOP Restaurant Week, OJR’s craft show and much more

    Good tastes DineKOP Restaurant Week: Twenty-eight restaurants will be participating in the fourth DineKOP Restaurant Week from March 5-11, offering special three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. Lunch menus are priced at $10, $15 or $20 and dinner menus are priced at $20, $30 or $40. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia King of Prussia Specialty Care & Surgery Center. New this year, DineKOP introduces KOP Shops for...

    By Brian Bingaman @brianbingaman on Twitter|

  • Lifestyle

    AT THE TABLE WITH: Kim Howard

    Facebook has its advantages and its disadvantages. A good advantage is that it connected me with Kim Howard. Kim and I have been “friends” for quite some time. We seem to like and share many of the same posts.

    By Bette Banjack|

  • Lifestyle

    FOOD: Local chefs offer Flower Show-inspired recipes

    The dish screamed “springtime” — pansies and borage blooms dancing like butterflies through blackberry puree in a deconstructed crab cocktail. Call it a tribute to the Philadelphia Flower Show as edible flowers take “center plate.”

    By Emily Ryan For Digital First Media|

  • Food

    Try these Indian-inspired meatballs

    Whether you call them albondigas, polpette or klopse, meatballs are undeniable crowd pleasers. But chicken — or turkey — meatballs can be a little tricky. They tend to be a little dry, bland or both.

    By Jackie Burrell Bay Area News Group|

  • Lifestyle

    AT THE TABLE WITH: Beth Burckley

    Beth Burckley hails from the Cherry Hill/Collingswood, N.J., area. It was there that she met Brian Howell, an Alabama native. The couple moved to Phoenixville after Beth spent a year commuting to the area for work. Beth and Brian fell in love with Phoenixville when visiting Brian’s sister’s family, who moved the area when the couple had first starting dating.

    By Bette Banjack|

  • Home and Garden

    FROM THE GROUND UP: Japanese red maple trees still holding on to their leaves

    My friend Jane Antley lives in the borough of West Chester. She emailed me last month with a question about leaf drop. “I’ve been meaning to write to you for several weeks about something that has me perplexed this year: the Japanese red maples. Sure, we’re all aware that they didn’t turn their glorious red this fall, as so many other trees, too, had disappointing fall color. But what’s got me really curious is how they have held on to their leaves this...

    By Pamela Baxter|

  • Food

    Local chefs compete with cookie-inspired dishes to benefit Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

    Thin Mint S’mores, anyone? How about a Lemonade Icebox Pie or Toffee Takeover cocktail?

    By Emily Ryan For Digital First Media |

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