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The Melting Pot: Fondue in King of Prussia

April 28, 2015 1:25 pm

Check out The Melting Pot, a fun fondue eatery offering an interactive dining experience. For the uninitiated, fondue hails from Switzerland, where in its most basic form, it consists of a simmering pot of melted cheese placed on the table in which cubes of bread are dipped with a long fork.

The Melting Pot lets you choose from a variety of fondue options, including several types of cheeses, as well as oil, and broth for cooking little chunks of meat and veggies. Meat, poultry, vegetables, artisan bread and seafood are the choices for dipping. Don’t skip dessert, because few things are as delightfully decadent as fresh berries dipped in chocolate. An expansive wine selection, beer and cocktails are also available.

The Melting Pot
150 Allendale Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 265-7195

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Cranberry Café: Breakfast Fare and More in Blue Bell

April 21, 2015 12:36 pm

Looking for a friendly spot for a flavorful breakfast and lunch in Blue Bell? Put Cranberry Café on your culinary agenda. The ambiance is quaint and cheerful and the menu offers some tasty fare at reasonable prices.

Stop by in the a.m. to fuel up for the day with Poached Eggs on a fluffy croissant, a Scrambled Egg Bagel, or a California Omelet with avocado, onions, tomatoes and Monterrey jack cheese. Sandwiches include Tomato & Mozzarella on a French roll, Country Ham & Swiss, and a Grilled Eggplant with basil pesto. Panini and wraps are also on the menu. A yummy salad is always a great choice. Choose from Spinach & Cranberry, and Caesar Salad with grilled chicken and Fresh Mozzarella with mixed greens.

Blue Bell's Cranberry Café is open Monday through Saturday.

Cranberry Café
1201 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
(610) 277-8070

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How to Select Only the Freshest Veggies in the Produce Aisle

April 14, 2015 11:21 am

Fresh vegetables have a shorter lifespan than their frozen counterparts, so you likely want to make them last as long as possible when you purchase them. Use these expert tips to help you maintain a healthy diet and maximize the lifespan of your produce.

  1. Choose firm veggies. Vegetables like cucumbers, peppers, and onions should be firm, even colored, and free of bruises or other signs of damage. Be sure to pick these vegetables up in your hands and feel for consistent texture all the way around.
  2. Know your leafy greens. Green vegetables like spinach, kale, and lettuce should be crisp and brightly colored, with no visible signs of wilting or rot. You can also give these leafy vegetables a good whiff before buying to make sure that they don’t smell moldy.
  3. Inspect your root vegetables. The best potatoes, carrots, garlic, and other root vegetables may be a bit trickier to identify, but these simple tips can help: Look for cracking along the surface of the vegetable (an indicator that it's too dry), and be sure to avoid root veggies that smell rotten or moldy.
  4. Know your farmers' market veggies. If you regularly buy your produce at a supermarket, keep in mind that these types of stores use different techniques to make veggies look perfect. While farmers' market vegetables may not look as pretty, they’re still just as tasty.

How to Select Fresh, Ripe Produce [Lifehacker]
How to Pick Fruits & Veggies [Good Housekeeping]
Raw Produce: Selecting and Serving it Safely [FDA]
Choosing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables [Family Circle]

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