Philacatessen

Recipes, gift ideas, restaurant reviews and food news from around the Delaware Valley.

Ginger-rific Spring Greens

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As farmers markets begin to burst with produce, I’m having a grand time with greens. Beet greens, long considered fodder for the compost bin, have...

Truffled Risotto

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As the isolation wears on, we are doing our best to enjoy mealtimes — it serves as a way to frame the day and...

The Best Brownies

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There is a wide range of quality in the brownie. A brownie can be truly sublime — not as fancy as a complicated torte,...

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I made these one evening last week, and when my husband bit into the warm cookie, he exclaimed, “This may be the best cookie...
vegan cake

Philacatessen | I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan Cake

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As an omnivore, I am perfectly willing to eat vegan food, provided that it tastes good. However, I have often found vegan desserts lacking...
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Philacatessen | Distance Picnicking: The New Normal

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As we adjust to life amid and post-pandemic, we have had to grapple with how to socialize with friends and family in a way...
cabbage salad

Philacatessen | Double Duty Cabbage Salad

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This cabbage salad provided two delicious and distinct sides, but only required one real cooking job. The first evening, the cold mustard vinaigrette “slaw” served...
Smashed potatoes

Philacatessen | Smashed Potatoes

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My daughter made these to go with roasted salmon last week. They were frighteningly good, and everything that you want in a potato —...
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Philacatessen | Apple Crumb Cake

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This cake came together one Sunday morning, the result of some tired-looking apples staring me in the face. I was loath to waste them,...
colcannon

Philacatessen | Colcannon

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In these days of grocery challenges, finding dishes that use ingredients to their fullest potential is the difference between a pleasant, uplifting mealtime and,...