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Entries in food (163)


Roast With the Most

Warm up the kitchen without cranking the thermostat by making roasted sablefish, escarole and avocado salad and roasted pineapple and coconut sundae | Photo by Emily Teel

Although you can’t will spring to arrive sooner, you can turn on the oven. Not only does it warm up the kitchen without cranking the thermostat, it’s also the start of countless cold weather meals with nary a root vegetable in sight. The oven’s heat caramelizes the sugar in off-season cherry tomatoes (a guilty midwinter pleasure of mine), making them a worthy counterpart to creamy avocado and bitter, crunchy escarole. It adds appealing char to brassicas and concentrates the briny sweetness of olives and capers, and roasting is a foolproof way to cook rich Alaskan sablefish. If these recipes don’t cure your midwinter blues, roast a pineapple, eat it with toasted coconut and ice cream, and imagine you’re somewhere tropical.

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On the Job Training

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Interns and apprentices learn the ins and outs of farming
while testing their romantic notions about life on a farm

Most job interviews are nerve-wracking, anxiety-causing ordeals. But at the very least, they don’t take very long. 

But that’s not the case if you are applying for an internship at Ledamete Grass Farm in Lehigh Valley. Farmer and co-owner Rob Fix adjusted his hiring process to include a two-day working interview after he and his first intern mutually decided to part ways in August 2013—several months short of the season's end, after Thanksgiving.

“It’s a big decision to come here [to work and live] for eight months,” Fix says of his paid internship, which includes room and board. “So, we want to make sure they’re comfortable with who and how I am, and we’re comfortable with who they are.”

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Fruits of Her Labor

At Spruce Hill Preserves, Molly Haendler concocts
delectable jams and jellies

Photo by CJ Dawson Photography

For a while, Spruce Hill Preserves carried itself like some sort of jam and jelly speakeasy, selling jams, jellies, fruit butters and preserves without any licenses, from Molly Haendler’s small kitchen in West Philadelphia. There, she sold her flavorful fruit concoctions under-the-table to family and friends, and then subsequently, to the friends and family of her family and friends, and so on, and so forth. Soon, word of mouth had built her a serious following.

“People were telling me they had to go out and get another loaf of bread because it was so good they couldn’t stop eating it,” Haendler says. “People were approaching me.”

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Gift Course

This holiday season, ditch the pre-made treats
and make something from the heart

Last winter, a friend gave me a jar of tomato jam. It was delicious, but the fact that it was an unexpected treat made it even sweeter. It served as a reminder of the particular joy of pressing something homemade into the hands of a friend. Here are three recipes that make it easy, and they work just as well for assembling a contribution to a holiday potluck.

To make homemade crackers a snap, use a pasta maker to roll out the dough. Apple cider cranberry mustard makes a charming gift alongside a chunk of cheddar, and this easy tapenade goes from ingredients to jars—or table—in minutes.

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10 Urban Farms in Philadelphia You Can’t Miss

In South Kensington, La Finquita farm offers gardening workshops to locals of all ages.

You don’t have to travel far from the city to find
sprawling acres of fresh, homegrown produce

Philadelphia local communities have cultivated bountiful urban farms, most just a SEPTA ride away. Innovative agricultural ventures from Chestnut Hill to Kensington to South Philadelphia are using sustainable farming methods to produce healthy fruits and vegetables. Stop by the Walnut Hill Community Farm Stand or participate in a Community Sponsored Agriculture program. Bring the kids to pick their own vegetables while learning about farming. Workshops available throughout the city offer instruction on building a small backyard garden or even pursue a career in agriculture. Looking to get your hands dirty? Many of the farms listed below are always looking for volunteers. We picked out 10 local urban farms in the Philadelphia area that are worth checking out.

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