Philacatessen

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...

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...
spiced nuts

Philacatessen | Sweet and Spicy Nuts

This recipe is an oldie but a goodie. And although it calls for a fair amount of sugar, it is a treat that doesn’t...
Parsley salad

Philacatessen | New Rule: Use Fresh Herbs as Greens

Update (Dec. 3, 2019): This article originally stated that Christopher Kimball founded Milk Street Café. This is incorrect. I had the good fortune to attend...
Tootsie Iovine in front of Tootsies

Philacatessen | Tootsie’s Kale Salad

Recently, I sent food to a friend’s shiva. Normally, I would make it myself, but I was traveling when the event occurred and did...
chickpeas in a bowl

Philacatessen | Pan-Roasted Chickpeas

I may be late to the pan-roasted chickpea party. My college-aged daughter clued me in to them recently, and I’ve become quite a fan. This...
granola

Philacatessen | Sharon’s Granola

In general, I’m not a huge consumer of granola. I always saw it as a lot of calories for something that resembled birdseed. Until last...