Philacatessen

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

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Philacatessen | Via Locusta: Gourmet Italian off Rittenhouse Square

Via Locusta is a new arrival on the burgeoning gourmet Italian dining scene from a crew with an impressive Philadelphia culinary resume. Husband-and-wife team Michael...
Donut Bread Pudding

Philacatessen | Donut Bread Pudding

I returned from a weekend away during which my son and two of his cousins stayed at my house to find a half-empty box...
souffle cheddar

Philacatessen | Simplest Souffle, Merci Madame Pepin

I am a fan of soufflés. But I am not a fan of the mess they make — four dishes at least by the...
Spaghetti pasta in pot

Philacatessen | Pantry Pasta

Do you ever have those nights when it seems there’s “nothing in the house to cook,” but everyone is starving? Before you reach for the...
mashed potato cake

Philacatessen | Mashed Potato Cake

I had a quantity of mashed potatoes leftover from a weekend meal. I was loathe to waste them but, as I have written before,...
roasted turnips

Philacatessen | Roasted Turnips

Turnips have a bad rap. If you are anything like me, you may have traumatic memories of turnips as a watery, smelly, soggy mash...

Philacatessen | Basque Cheesecake, Tarta de Queso ‘La Viña’

My neighbor Irene recently traveled to Spain. While there, she took a cooking class taught by a local chef and learned to make this...
bowl of tomato soup

Philacatessen | Tomato Soup, Saved by the Sweet Potato

Last Sunday, I made tomato soup for dinner. It was not a typical Sunday dinner, but we had been on a bit of a...

Philacatessen | Dinner on the Quick

Busy days and nights can wreak havoc on dinner — family members rushing hither and yon, spouses working late or hosting clients, and everyone...
cherry pie

Philacatessen | Merry Cherries

My sister has a December birthday, and I decided to surprise her with an unannounced visit to her house and dinner. When we were growing...