Friday Photo: Candy Corn

Discover this triad of warm fall colors at the Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg!  It’s a slice of sweet potato pie, freshly baked from P&R Baked Goods and served on hand-thrown pottery. (The name of this picture is intentional.  Do you see it?) Advertisements

A Short History of Feminism and Deviled Eggs

The foods I learned to cook came in this order: 1) Chocolate whacky cake (a cake made with no milk or eggs) 2) Macaroni and cheese (a version made with uncooked noodles and Farmer’s cheese) 3) Salmon cakes (because you needed something to eat with the mac and cheese, duh) 4) Deviled eggs (because Samantha…

Friday Photo: Toothpaste Mustard

Let’s assume that you don’t speak German, or at the very least, speak it fluently.  Then you would be as surprised as I was last week whenever I saw two brightly-colored tubes on my kitchen table and was told that they were not filled with toothpaste.  The mind spins: “Süßer senf”: a phrase intended to…

Tales of Pennsylvania Peppermint

A few months ago, I bought a tall can of organic dried peppermint from the Broad Street Market and tucked it into my cabinet next to the espresso machine.  I think I bought the peppermint tea purely out of nostalgia. I hadn’t drunk mint tea in years.  I, in posh old age, had graduated to…

Friday Photo: Pennsylvania crab shack

So, I know I grew up eating liver ‘n onions, Central-PA proud, but I’ve still never seen crabs served on a cafeteria tray before Dave & Jane’s Crabhouse in Fairfield, PA.  For $36.95 a person, enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs, Alaskan crab clusters, and steamed shrimp along with salad, soup, hush puppies, and broasted chicken if you…

Part 2, Local Literacy: Students meet reading project goal

In July, about 60 students at the Hansel and Gretel Early Development Center in Susquehanna Township were offered a challenge that sounded like a training schedule: read a collective 50,000 minutes in six weeks and win. The students, ages 4-12, weren’t daunted. They faced the summer reading project head on and overwhelmed the goal, reading…

The surprising statistics about reading

Over 30 million Americans have reading skills beneath basic literary level, according to an about.com article regarding literacy.  Looking at the figures from the National Center for Educational Statistics, that included 13% of adults aged 16 and over in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in 2003. The importance of reading may not surprise you, but, if you’re…

Friday Photo: $26 Hamburger

So this isn’t the $26 burger (served with maple bourbon glazed cipollini, rouge bleu cheese, applewood bacon, and foie gras), but I did eat this light, airy, beefy burger, available with an egg on top, from the same restaurant–the Village Whiskey in Philadelphia.  Also try the pickled herbed cherry tomatoes served on black olive tapenade,…

Harrisburg, ‘Hardship,’ and Tropical Storm Lee

I have been homeless once before. Okay, okay, not in the dirty-in-the-gutter kind of homeless, where the money in my pocket is all I have to my name and I am sprouting an unshaven beard.  And as I write this on a dreary, barely-raining day, my cat is purring in my lap and I’m sipping…

Friday Photo: Negative Reinforcement

“Is it an emergency?  Than you may not use the bathroom during the lecture.” “The word able actually is functioning as an adjective, not a verb… because really, is able an action you can do? Can you able?” “Guyyys…” (insert warning tone, and the three boys slapping each other vigorously with rulers will stop, as…