Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Panera Bread: Soup and Salads for the Lunch Rush

September 30, 2014 1:07 pm

Stop by this popular chain eatery for a great selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, muffins, scones, and bagels.Those watching their waistlines can opt for a healthy entrée salad, like the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad tossed with cashews and fire-roasted edamame, or the Classic Salad, which silences hunger pangs with romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and reduced fat balsamic vinaigrette.

Signature sandwiches include the gouda cheese-topped Bacon Turkey Bravo on tomato-basil bread and the Chicken Caesar, a mouthful of roast chicken, three-cheese bread, asiago- parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing. Here, soup is presented in a crusty sourdough bread bowl, making it a hearty, one-dish meal. Don't forget to add coffee, iced tea, and lemonade to your order.

Panera Bread is open every day.

Panera Bread
601 S. Trooper Road
Norristown, PA 19403
(610) 631-7733

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Maple Acres Farm: Eat Fresh, Local Produce

September 23, 2014 1:55 pm

Whether you want to shop at the farm-fresh market or decide to drive out to the farm itself for a day of pick-your-own fun, Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Meeting is a good choice. Everything at this market is picked daily, and you'll find whatever is in season and at the peak of ripeness. During the spring months, the market is full of fresh, crisp lettuce and other greens, while in mid-summer the crops lean more toward juicy heirloom tomatoes and corn on the cob. As cool weather arrives, so do acorn squash and root vegetables.

The farm's unique pick-your-own flower fields are especially popular during the summer. Walk through a meadow of colorful zinnias, picking out an armful to display as a centerpiece for your dining room table, or let one of the farm's staff florists arrange your fresh-cut flowers into a professionally crafted bouquet. Return in the fall to bring home some pumpkins!

Check the website to see what's in season and available on any given week.

Maple Acres Farm
2656 Narcissa Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
(610) 828-7395

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Want to Become a Better Cook? Start by Learning These Culinary Terms!

September 16, 2014 3:41 pm

When you encounter a recipe that’s full of complicated cooking terminology, it’s easy to feel intimidated. What if your chopping instead of dicing leads to a flop of a soufflé? These kitchen terms will teach you a few things about proper cooking techniques, and they’ll make you feel more confident about your next culinary endeavor.

  1. Beat. To beat a mix or batter is not the same thing as mixing it. Beating involves briskly whipping with a spoon, wire whisk rotary beater, or electric mixer, and it incorporates air into the ingredients in order to obtain a light, fluffy consistency.
  2. Blacken. Blackening a piece of meat or vegetables is a popular Cajun cooking technique that chars seasonings onto the food in order to give it a crunchy, spicy coating. This involves cooking over high heat in a heavy skillet.
  3. Fold. If a recipe calls for you to fold one ingredient into another, it means to combine them without decreasing their volume. Use a rubber spatula in vertical swipes across the mixture, pulling some of the mixture from the bottom to the top each time.
  4. Garnish. Once your dish is completed, you may garnish it by adding a decorative bit of fresh herbs, fruit or greens.

Glossary of Basic Cooking Terms [Les Petites Gourmettes]
Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [UMN]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes & Gardens]
Culinary Terms [About.com]

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