So just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, I got a link from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office with his family’s stuffing recipe. Stuffing is something that people tend to be particular about, and I was naturally curious what Wolf’s family would be stuffing in its turkey. The link gave me the answer: butter.
That’s right. Butter is the secret ingredient—and how—in this treasured family recipe. Read more »
The first “Friendsgiving?”
“There are lies, damn lies and statistics,” Mark Twain famously said, and it was the last of these that struck me in an article published the other day on Philly.com. Headlined “Millennials Are Celebrating Thanksgiving in Their Own Way—Culturally and Commercially,” the piece detailed the many ways in which the boomers’ children are improving on the holiday. The data analytics company Dunnhumby, based in Cinncinnati and, it would seem, a real entity and not a product of Lewis Carroll’s fevered imagination, performed a new survey showing that millennials are “straying away from tradition while using emerging technologies to shop and plan for the holiday.” This, Dunnhumby says, is “a stark contrast from older Americans.”
What exactly are these profound differences? Twenty percent of millennials, according to Dunnhumby, are planning to purchase their turkey and trimmings via a food delivery app; in the survey, nobody my age (i.e., 55 or older) intended to do so. Who the hell would? Are you going to trust the young idiots who keep bagging your groceries with the canned goods atop the bread and lettuce to choose your Thanksgiving turkey? The apples for your pie? Your green beans? You have to know how to cook to care about how to buy food, and millennials can’t cook their way out of a paper bag. They only know how to eat out and then talk about it all the time. Read more »
Chances are you weren’t paying much attention this past spring when the worst outbreak of avian flu in the nation’s history wiped out 48 million birds, mostly in the Midwest. The cost to poultry farmers in Iowa alone was estimated to be $957 million. “Our industry has been turned upside down,” Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association, lamented to Fortune magazine. Ah, but you were grilling ribs and burgers, so what did you care? Read more »
The miracle of modern mail recently landed an enormous new book, The Philadelphia Country House: Architecture and Landscape in Colonial America, on my desk. Really, the thing must weigh 50 pounds. Co-written by Elizabeth McLean, a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and Mark Reinberger, an architecture professor at the University of Georgia, it’s a lavishly illustrated study of, well, the country houses and gardens of the first European settlers in these parts. Naturally, those included William Penn, the Quaker who was granted 45,000 square miles of land at the mouth of the Delaware River by King Charles II of England. Fascinating fact: That’s more land than any other private person in the world has ever owned. Here are nine more fascinating facts about Penn that I gleaned from the book. Read more »
In the November issue of Philly Mag, I expressed some doubt as to whether American women would flock to a new pill, known as “the female Viagra,” intended to increase their longing to have sex. The drug, flibanserin, known commercially as Addyi, was developed by a German drug firm and acquired by a small North Carolina drug company that in turn was bought by Canadian pharma giant Valeant for a billion dollars in cash a day after the FDA approved its use by women suffering from low libido. That FDA approval came in the wake of a studied PR campaign by the North Carolina company, Sprout, that involved charging the FDA with sexism and busing dozens of women to FDA hearings where they offered tearful testimony about the havoc not wanting to have sex was wreaking on their lives. According to Sprout, more than 40 percent of all women are experiencing sexual dysfunction. When the approval was granted, Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League, claimed an epic victory: “I think this is a huge moment for women’s sexual health, in the way that the Pill was for women’s sexual health and ability to control their own destiny.”
Well, Addyi went on sale on October 17th, and the rush of women to embrace it hasn’t exactly been dizzying. Read more »
If, in the spring of 2017, you happen to be watching a women’s lacrosse game at Drexel’s Vidas Field in West Philly and you think you’re seeing double: You won’t be. On National Signing Day this year, November 11th, Drexel head coach Hannah Rudloff managed to snag two of the Schneidereith sisters, a set of stick-wielding quadruplets out of Towson, Maryland.
Just two, Coach Rudloff? Read more »
Clockwise from top left: St. Joe’s coach Cindy Griffin (Matt Cashore); Temple coach Tonya Cardoza talks with center Safiya Martin (David Butler II); St. Joe’s DeAndre Bembry (Bill Streicher); Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu (Geoff Burke); Temple’s Erica Covile (David Butler II); Drexel’s Tavon Allen (Chris Humphreys); Villanova coach Jay Wright (Charles LeClaire); and St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli (Bill Streicher). All photos USA Today Sports
Philly is a basketball city, especially this Eagles season. With the Sixers still rebuilding, we can at least cling to our historic identity as a college basketball city — home to the Big Five and the shrine that is the Palestra, campus playground for Scottie Reynolds, Jim Lynam, Elena Della Donne, Pepe Sanchez, Theresa Shank, Wali Jones, Jameer Nelson … The local college hoops scene kicks off this Friday. Here are a dozen Philadelphia college basketball games that look to be major matchups in the months to come. Read more »
We saw the writing (ha!) on the wall back in May, when Penn announced it would no longer be considering applicants’ scores on the essay portion of the SAT while pondering whom to admit to its hallowed halls. We winced a bit when we saw that the comments beneath a recent Daily Princetonian article on a student’s attempted suicide had devolved into a flame-throwing, name-calling brawl over whether “the person allegedly hanged themselves” was grammatically proper or not. We fell into a fever when we watched a privileged young Yalie scream at a professor to “SHUT UP!,” then fainted dead away when we read another Yale student’s defense of said screaming in the student newspaper, which featured the immortal line, “I don’t want to debate. I want to talk about my pain.” Really, we’d like to see that tattooed on every incoming Ivy League frosh.
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A bevy of beauties. | Images via Wiki Commons and Flickr.
Today would have been the 86th birthday of the remarkably beautiful Princess Grace of Monaco, born, of course, Grace Kelly, right here in our town. Philly may not be Paris or New York City, but by gum, it’s done all right by itself in the looks department. South Philly in particular has been a hotbed of hotness, producing several world-class beauties. Here, from Colonial times to the Roaring ’20s to the decadent ’70s to now, are some of the loveliest women ever to call this city home. Read more »