Sunshine and snacking at Varga Bar

I swear that I’ve been cooking – I really have. And there will be some nice Spring recipes up soon. But on a beautiful sunny day last week I decide that it was time for a “mental health” day and played a little work hookie. I love to just wander downtown, stopping in at old favorites for little things (charcoal pellets at Verde and black … Continue reading Sunshine and snacking at Varga Bar

Get the Goods and help the Hungry

I love Support or Strength, which supports programs that fight childhood hunger across America. This Saturday the 17th, perhaps before you hit-up a great Earth Day celebration, stop by The Full Plate Cafe in Northern Liberties and pick-up some goodies baked by local bloggers for a good cause. Mama Gautsche’s Zucchini Raisin cookies are making an appearance, as well as all kind of less-healthy delectables. Continue reading Get the Goods and help the Hungry

Garces Trading Company with the girls

Sometimes you just need a girls afternoon – a sunny day with maybe an out-of-town friend on a surprise visit and nothing to do but play. I got one of these delightful days and it corresponded to the opening weekend of Garces Trading Co., the new casual dining/gourmet food store by Jose Garces. The line was long, and you can’t call a reservation in, but … Continue reading Garces Trading Company with the girls

Cauliflower and Mushroom Potpie with Black Olive Crust

Though this week in Philadelphia has felt more like Summer than Spring, it’s the early lettuces, peas, and rhubarb that are starting to appear in our farmer’s markets. Cauliflower, staple of the long hard winter, will find itself in the shadow of more colorful veggies. Why not make one more big cauliflower dish before you get distracted by our upcoming fresh produce abundance? I’ve flipped … Continue reading Cauliflower and Mushroom Potpie with Black Olive Crust