Monday, April 28, 2008

Food & Fabricators

part one:

Risotto with Green Peas and Pancetta

Serves 6

From "Bistro Laurent Tourondel," by Laurent Tourondel (Wiley)

2 cups fresh peas

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

5 ounces pancetta, diced

1/2 cup chopped onion

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 sprig fresh thyme

2 cups Arborio or other medium-grain rice

1-1/3 cups dry white wine

About 6 cups hot chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth

Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese

1 tablespoon truffle oil, or to taste

1 large piece Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Bring salted water to a boil. Add peas and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Drain and immediately place 1/2 cup in ice water. Puree remaining peas, adding 1 tablespoon of water if needed.

Heat oil over medium heat. Add pancetta, onion, garlic and thyme. Cook until the onion is translucent. Add rice and stir to coat with oil. Add wine and simmer until most has evaporated.

Add 1 cup of broth and cook, stirring constantly, until most is absorbed. Add remaining broth in three additions. Season with salt and pepper. If rice seems dry, add a little more broth and stir until creamy and loose.

When the risotto is tender but still firm to the bite, stir in mascarpone and whole peas. Add just enough puree to add flavor and color without making the dish soupy.

Spoon into bowls, drizzle with truffle oil and shave cheese over each.

part two:

At the Ready When Artists Think Big

A stainless-steel “Moon” by Jeff Koons, weighing more than a ton. Carlson & Company produced the sculpture in an edition of five.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Big Book Sale

Book Corner

April 25th: 12-6 p.m.

April 26th & 27th: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

-> Outside: thousands of books for $1-$2

-> Inside: 35% off entire store stock

(the sale will happen rain or shine... let's hope it shines!)

bonus round:

Line and Time and Space in the Vault at Gallery Joe

Saturday, April 19, 2008

When Photography + Printmaking Collide


When Photography and Printmaking Collide Featuring the work of photographers, printmakers and book artists whose work combines the media of photography and printmaking: Elena Bouvier, Don Camp, Paul Cava, Amanda D’Amico, Allan Edmunds, Nicole Eiland, Teresa Jaynes, Lois Johnson, Enid Mark, Virgil Marti, Scott McMahon, Tara O’Brien, Rosae Reeder, Erin Robin, Judith Robison, Lori Spencer, Sarah Van Keuren, Elysa Voshell, and Michelle Wilson along with prints from the Library’s collection by Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Betty Hahn, and Robert Rauschenberg.

~Print and Picture Collection ~ Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

Monday, April 7, 2008

Wowie Zowie

Voice of the People

Living better chemically

Somerset, N.J.: The Yankees should stop worrying about players doing steroids. They got a problem in the radio booth. John Sterling has to be on something. Nobody says "Wowie zowie."

(Name Withheld)

New York Daily News
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Editorial sheet
page 24

Street Legacy

A redraw for bridge

Saturday, April 5, 2008


“If there is any innocent who was killed in the mujahedeen’s operations, then it was either an unintentional error or out of necessity.” Ayman al-Zawahri, Al Qaeda's No. 2, defends attacks


Editorial: There Were Orders to Follow


Rising Al Qaeda Leader


Professor Street Says

Actual excerpts from the former Philadelphia mayor's current PolySci class at Temple

Professor John Street on his government: "It was my government. It wasn't the Inquirer's government, it wasn't the Daily News' government, it was our — it was my government. I was the one who got elected. People had an awful lot to say about the things that were going on."


Supreme Court clears way for Foxwoods construction


Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter slams casino site, State Supreme Court ruling

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

seeds of change

"We were surprised, very surprised."

TINA D' HERTEFELDT - leader of a Swedish research team that found that the seeds of genetically modified crops can last in the soil for at least 10 years, raising concerns that the crops cannot be contained easily once planted