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Your Ultimate Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Guide

Your Ultimate Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Guide

Although you should thank your Mother for all she does every day, Mother’s Day is your chance to go all out and show her how much you care! And what says, “I love you, Mom!” better than breakfast in bed? Nothing. That’s what. To start off Mother’s Day on a high note, we rounded up five delicious breakfast-in-bed recipes for you to make for your Mom on her special day, featuring ingredients you can conveniently find at Reading Terminal Market.  

Heart-Shaped Eggs and Toast

For a simple breakfast that will surely tug at your mother’s heartstrings, try this recipe from Martha Stewart. This heart-shaped breakfast will show your love in more ways than one. Next time you’re at the Market, pick up some fresh eggs from Godshall’s Poultry. Any mom would love to wake up to find this thoughtful breakfast waiting for them on Sunday morning. We could also add that you can find heart-shaped cookie cutters at Amy’s Place.

Overnight Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake

The morning of Mother’s Day can get hectic, so make yours easier with this make-ahead French toast bake from All you have to do is round up the ingredients, chill the dish in the fridge overnight and pop it in the oven the next morning. Pro tip: Since French toast is so bread-focused, the kind you use is key. We recommend picking up a loaf from Metropolitan Bakery or Market Bakery the day before, because slightly aged bread produces the best results!

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon

Treat your mom to a luxurious Eggs Benedict on Sunday morning with this recipe from The smoked salmon and scallions add a new twist to this traditional breakfast treat, a combination that will leave her speechless. For good smoked salmon, you can trust John Yi Fish Market and Hershel’s East Side Deli have you covered.

Granola Cups

For a healthy start to Mother’s Day, whip up these adorable granola cups from The granola bowls are easy to prepare and are just asking to be filled with yogurt and topped with fresh berries. The recipe calls for old-fashioned oats, wheat germ and flax seeds, which can all be found at The Head Nut. Oh, and the best part: You can make a whole batch and enjoy them for the week!

Spicy Beet Bloody Mary

Finally, we can’t forget breakfast-in-bed’s most popular counterpart: the Bloody Mary. This recipe from switches it up by adding roasted beets into the mix for a distinctively robust taste. For fresh beets, stop by Iovine Brothers Produce, OK Produce or Fair Food Farmstand and let’s get blending!

These recipes are sure to make Mom happy and demonstrate her how special she is. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get shopping!

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! #LoveRTM

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Matzo Magic: Celebrate Passover with Reading Terminal Market

The evening of Friday, April 22 marks the beginning of Passover. For those of you who observe the holiday, you know that you’ll have to say goodbye to leavened bread for eight days and say hello to matzo. Saying no to bread for a week may seem like an impossible challenge, but Reading Terminal Market is here to make it easier (and tastier)! Here are four creative matzo recipes to try next week.

Matzo Pizza


This kid-friendly recipe from Disgustingly Good is quick, simple and oh-so satisfying. The matzo serves as a thin crust base that can be topped with any/all of your favorite pizza toppings. We recommend picking up homemade pizza sauce from By George and hand-pulled mozzarella from Valley Shepherd Creamery.

Dilled Matzo Ball Soup


A classic Jewish recipe and the ultimate comfort food, this matzo ball soup from The View from Great Island will not disappoint. Full of veggies, tender chicken and melt-in-your-mouth matzo balls, you won’t be able to get enough! We recommend fresh chicken from Godshall’s Poultry to elevate this soup to the next level.

Matzo, Mushroom & Onion Kugel

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Kugel, a favorite Jewish casserole, gets a makeover with mushrooms and onions in this recipe from Full of fresh veggies and an assortment of herbs moistened by chicken broth, this kugel is sure to wow. Pick up quality ingredients from Iovine Brothers Produce, OK Produce, and Fair Food Farmstand and get cooking!

Matzo Toffee

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Crunchy, sweet and perfect for Passover. Or any time, now that we think of it. This highly addictive recipe from Once Upon A Chef tops the crispy matzo with buttery toffee, melted chocolate, pecans and sea salt for a combination that is truly out of this world. For chopped pecans and melting chocolate, trust none other than The Head Nut.

We hope these recipes have you excited to work a little matzo magic! We would love to hear your favorite Passover recipes, so please share them with us on Facebook or Twitter (@rdgterminalmarket). From all of us at Reading Terminal Market, Chag Sameach!


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Well Hello There, Spring!

Well Hello There, Spring!

Spring is officially here and it’s time to bring some sunshine into your cooking. With a new season comes new food, so say goodbye to frozen vegetables and hello to fresh produce. Beets, asparagus, artichokes, snap peas and more: spring has sprung. Let’s make use of these colorful fruits and veggies and dig into spring with these five delicious recipes!


Poached Eggs on Toast with Ramps

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Spring is the season for ramps to shine, but unfortunately it doesn’t last very long. Stock up on ramps from Iovine Brothers Produce or Fair Food Farmstand, pick up some eggs from Godshall’s Poultry or L. Halteman Family Country Foods and try this recipe from


Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli

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Artichokes may appear tricky, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Boil, steam and voila— you have artichokes!’s lemon garlic aioli complements the meaty artichokes, making for a lovely appetizer or side dish. Visit our produce merchants listed above for the finest ingredients and enjoy.


Asparagus Risotto

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You know it’s spring when you see more asparagus on the shelves. This creamy asparagus risotto from makes a great side or main course. Quality ingredients really make a difference in risotto, so trust our produce merchants and cheese mongers (Downtown Cheese, Salumeria and Valley Shepherd Creamery) for the best. 


Sliced Filet Mignon with Fava Beans, Radishes & Mustard Dressing

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This entree from Epicurious is perfect for a dinner party or special occasion. Loaded with spring favorites like fava beans and radishes, this dish will be sure to impress. For tender, juicy filet, try Giunta’s Prime Shop, L. Halteman Family Country Foods, La Divisa Meats, or Martin’s Quality Meats & Sausages. 


Rhubarb-Apple Pie

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Spring is the prime time for fresh rhubarb. pairs this tangy vegetable with sliced Granny Smith Apples and a flaky piecrust for a flavor that’s out of this world. Stop by our produce merchants mentioned above for the freshest ingredients.

We hope that these recipes have you excited to ring in spring with us. Spring is only here once a year, so let’s make it count! At Reading Terminal Market we love trying new things, so please share your favorite springtime recipes with us. Happy spring!

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Have an Eggs-tra Special Easter at Reading Terminal Market

Have an Eggs-tra Special Easter at Reading Terminal Market

Hippity hoppity, Easter is right around the corner and Reading Terminal Market is here to help you celebrate. We have flowers, ham and everything in between to get you in the holiday spirit. So grab your Easter basket and make your way down the bunny trail to Reading Terminal Market.

Fill 'Er Up


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Don’t fill up Easter baskets with boring, everyday candy. Instead, pick up some gourmet candy from Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe and taste the difference. From jellybeans to fudge, they have all of your Easter basket essentials and so much more!


Chocolate Bunny, Please


 As everyone should know, an Easter basket isn’t complete unless it has a chocolate bunny. Hop on over to Philly’s finest chocolatier, Mueller Chocolate Co., for the chocolate Easter bunny of your dreams. Available in milk and dark chocolate, so everybunny can be happy!


Spring-ify Your House


With Easter being a sign of all things spring, flowers are a must. Great as a centerpiece, hostess gift or just because, everyone loves flowers. It’s time to make a trip to Market Blooms and pick up a bouquet (or two) today! 


Festive Tweats


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Get in the Easter spirit with these cheery doughnuts from Beiler’s Donuts. What you see here is a doughnut topped with blueberry icing, a marshmallow peep and chocolate eggs. How cute!


Edible Art


It’s time to get your creative juices flowing and decorate some eggs. For eggs of every size you can rely on Godshall’s Poultry, but the decorating part is on you. Have fun!


Dinner is Served


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At Reading Terminal Market, we would like to consider ourselves your ham headquarters for this Easter. Our butchers, including Giunta’s Prime Shop, La Divisa Meats, Martin’s Quality Meats and Sausages, and L. Halteman Family Meats, take ham very seriously. Pick yours up today and enjoy!


Last, but never least… Dessert


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Here’s the perfect ending to your Easter feast. These bunny pound cakes from Termini Brothers Bakery only come around once a year, so enjoy them while you can! Topped with white buttercream, the cake is moist, delectable and a true Easter treat.

From all of us at Reading Terminal Market, we hope that you and your loved ones have a very Happy Easter! We will be closed on Easter Sunday (March 27) to enjoy the holiday, but will reopen on Monday, March 28 for normal business hours. Until then, we look forward to hearing about your favorite Easter treats from the Market! Share them with us on Facebook or Twitter (@rdgterminalmarket). Happy Easter!

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5 Reasons Your Family Should (Sometimes) Stick to Scratch

5 Reasons Your Family Should (Sometimes) Stick to Scratch

Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines may have their place in the kitchen, but when it comes to family time, sticking to scratch can have advantages. It can take more time or effort, but it is important for children to interact with their food.

It’s beautiful when your kids can see that a meal is greater than the sum of its parts– just like your family.

Ambrosia Food Group gave us 5 more reasons to consider ditching the mix when making food with your kids.

1. More time = more bonding.

Recipes can be difficult. They can sometimes be hard to visualize or time exactly right. But what better way to bond as a family than to overcome a challenge?

Pro Parenting Tip: Are you mixing in ingredients one at a time? Are you creating the perfect gourmet sandwich? Start an assembly line and get the whole family involved! All of you will have contributed to the yummy finished product.

2. It is empowering.

Kids live a life of being told what to do and when to do it. Their food options are often dependent on when food is ready– or worse, they rely on the snack drawer full of processed food. Give your kids the ability to turn nothing into something. It is a lesson they can take far beyond the kitchen.

Pro Parenting Tip: It can be difficult, and it may not work with every child, but try making food shopping a treat for your kids.  Let them pick out a few vegetables on their own. This way, they will be more inclined to participate in the actual food preparation. They will be able to see something through from start to finish.

3. It makes math fun.

When your child goes to school, they will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide.  But doing these equations on a worksheet does not highlight real life application. When you prepare recipes at home, your children can double them, cut them in half or use a smaller measuring cup multiple times. If only every math problem had a final solution so yummy and delicious…

Pro Parenting Tip: If you have an ample amount of time and want to challenge your kids, try “losing” your bigger measuring devices like a cup or a tablespoon. Let your kid work through the math in their head.

4. Taste buds can fuel creativity.

School art and music programs are being cut left and right, but part of being a child is having access to creative expression. We all have to eat, so why not make the kitchen a canvas?

Pro Parenting Tip: In reality, you just aren’t going to cook every meal or every baked good from scratch. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on being creative.

Make sure you have ingredients like vanilla extract and cinnamon to add to your sweeter items.  For savory creations, let your child add a small amount of fresh herbs and spices. These little tips will help make boxed items seem, well, less boxed.

5. Julia Childs said, “no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”

Sometimes we fail. It is human. But in the kitchen, every mistake is a lesson for next time.

*****Super Pro Parenting Tip***** : Sign your child up for an Ambrosia Kid’s Sunday cooking class. It is a social and educational way to jumpstart your child’s passion for food.

Kid’s Classes run every other Sunday and are available for children aged 6-11 and 12-16. Join us March 13th for our pasta making classes! 

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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

"Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment and creativity." — Guy Fieri


Some of us remember helping in the kitchen as a kid. We remember the messes and the smells and the tastes– and the love.

Others may not have such experiences. The kitchen may bring flashbacks of worried warnings: “beware of this and don’t touch that!”

Regardless of our backgrounds, we all hope to instill our children with important life skills. Nothing could be as important as fostering a love and respect for food.

Real life prevents us from including our kids in every meal. Sometimes we just need to get the chicken in. the. oven.

City Kitchen is running a series of Sunday cooking classes for kids. This is the perfect opportunity to encourage childhood independence and enrich the entire family’s passion for food– while making the mess in someone else’s kitchen…

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“And the Winner Is: The Market's New Evening Movie Series,” By Carolyn Wyman

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Since January, people-watching has had some competition for the title of "Most Entertaining Thing to Do at Reading Terminal Market." That's when the monthly Movies at the Market dinner-and-a-screening series began. And what better time to report on this new and different way to experience the Market than Oscar week?

The series was inspired, in part, by the successful summer outdoor movie series Market manager Anuj Gupta started in his previous job as head of Mt. Airy USA. The hope, says Market marketing director Sarah Levitsky, is to attract people who can't get to the Market during the usual daytime hours or who need the added attraction of a film to get them in the door. "Plus we thought it would be fun," Levitsky said.

The inaugural schedule of five movies includes the food-focused Chef and Burnt, one movie partly shot in Reading Terminal (April 14's National Treasure) and the seasonally themed An Affair to Remember and Little Shop of Horrors (to coincide with Valentine's Day and the Flower Show, respectively).

Movies at the Market begins as the regular Market day ends at 6 p.m., when two big movie screens are set up at opposite ends of Center Court, with facing tables and chairs. About a dozen merchants remain open with abbreviated menus of sandwiches and snacks (including two kinds of popcorn). Merchants not located on Center Court -- such as Old City Coffee, Bassetts Ice Cream and the Pennsylvania General Store -- set up temporary stands on it.

Admission is free, and though event-goers are asked to sign up online ahead of time, walk-ins are also welcome. Entrance and check-in is by the Welcome Desk, just inside the 12th and Filbert corner of the Market.

Those entering at 6:15 p.m. for the second Movies at the Market event last Thursday found a comfortable, casual vibe, with music playing and people ordering food (small or no lines!), and people who already had their food eating, drinking and chatting with friends.

Karen Beeman and Megan Farley of South Philly were among about 150 people who ventured there on that frigid evening. Market first-timers, the couple came because featured film An Affair to Remember, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, "happens to be my favorite classic movie of all time," Beeman said before diving into her Molly Malloy's burger.

Fellow millennial Felicia Ramos invited friend Christina Russo to join her at Movies at the Market after learning about it from her husband. Ramos said she usually patronizes the Amish stands when she's in the Market. But with the Amish not open, both she and Russo were enjoying Hershel's sandwiches. "It's nice to try something new," Ramos said.

Russo liked the chill vibe. "Normally when I come to the Market, I'm bumping into people."

The event also attracted several tourists. Tommy Poole and his grandson, Ryan Chisholm, were eating cheesesteaks and doughnuts before heading down Filbert to catch a bus to Cleveland. Like them, Jane (who declined to give her second name) of Colorado found out about the movie while visiting the Market earlier in the day. Had she not, "I probably would have eaten at an expensive restaurant and watched TV," she said, between bites of a big chicken salad.

Nurses Nora Brennan, Andrea Blount and Maureen Bonnell made the event the locus of a long-delayed Christmas/birthday get-together. Explained Brennan: "It's was close to where we work, a unique event ..."

"Don't forget the food," Blount chimed in, to loud assents from her friends.

Meanwhile, several rows away, Market regular Carol Ruddick sat waiting for husband Jim to get back from the Down Home Diner with their sandwiches. She praised "the new manager for trying to bring really fun activities into the space. We also love the Kitchen. We went to one event there featuring Vedge. And we're coming to a chocolate one there this weekend."

And then, after a brief greeting from the just-lauded Gupta, the lights lowered and An Affair to Remember lit up the two screens.

For many in attendance, that title would also apply to their Movies at the Market evening.

The next Movies at the Market is on March 17 and features Little Shop of Horrors. It will be followed by National Treasure on April 14 and Burnt on May 12. Screenings start at 7 p.m. though you should get their earlier if you'd like to eat, drink and socialize before the lights go down. Food is pay-as-you-go and screenings are free, though pre-registration (at is encouraged.

Carolyn Wyman is the Market's news correspondent and operator of the Reading Terminal's bi-weekly Taste of Philadelphia Food Tour (

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That’s a Wrap on the 6th Annual Party for the Market

That’s a Wrap on the 6th Annual Party for the Market

Our 6th Annual Party for the Market was this past Saturday and we wanted to thank all of our sponsors, donors, and attendees for making it the most successful one yet! The event drew around 1,100 guests, each of which will help us maintain the Market as the amazing Philly destination it is.


Spicing up the night were two brand new additions to the party, a silent auction and casino entertainment. The silent auction had an amazing turnout, with one lucky winner taking home our biggest prize; tickets to the American Music Awards and a three night stay in Los Angeles. This item didn’t sell.  Top sellers included a trip to New Orleans, a trip to Panama, a trip to Antigua, an autographed Rocky movie poster, and an autographed Bruce Springsteen Born to Run album.


What we love most about Party for the Market is that it gives guests a chance to explore the Market in a much more intimate and fun setting. We plan all year to ensure that the Market comes alive the night of the event so guests get to see the Market from a whole new angle. You all seem to love it as well!


We had asked everyone attending to follow along on Instagram with #LoveRTM. Everyone looked stunning and there was even an appearance by newly elected Mayor Jim Kenney.  Here are some of our favorites below.


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Guests enjoyed an all-you-can-eat spread from more than 35 of the Market’s most beloved merchants! There were also four open bars which served signature cocktails crafted special for Party for the Market. One was a modern take on the gin & tonic with added cucumber and basil. Yum!


Once again, we’d like to thank all of our merchants for donating all of the food and their time to make the event absolutely unforgettable; and of course our sponsors, who helped make our 6th Annual Party for the Market our best one yet!

Everyone here at the Market is excited for another year of serving the City of Brotherly Love and we hope to see you at next year’s Party for the Market.

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Party for the Market

Party for the Market



When: February 20, 2016 from 7:30pm-11:30pm

Where: Reading Terminal Market

Dress: Dressy Cocktail/Black Tie Optional

Tickets: Available online ( & at the door.


Celebrate your love for Reading Terminal at our 6th Annual Party for the Market! On February 20th, the Market will transform into a magical destination with surprises around every corner.

Join us for an evening of live entertainment and dancing, all-you-can-eat food from your favorite Market merchants and four open bars featuring beer, wine & specialty cocktails. This year we are adding a silent auction to the mix, featuring vacations, golf, autographed collectibles & so much more!

Help make this year the best year yet and purchase your tickets today (! Net proceeds will support the capital improvement program that ensures that our 19th century market can meet the challenges of the 21st century.

A special thank you to this year’s sponsors for their generosity and to the Reading Terminal Market merchants for donating their time, food and services to make the party a success.

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and love is in the Market air! Are you having a hard time deciding what to get that special someone and feel like you are running out of time? Don’t worry, our last minute gift-guide has got you covered with 7 great Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Reading Terminal Market


For the Romantic


Is your Valentine a classic romantic? If so, roses from Market Blooms are the way to go! The tradition of sending roses as a symbol of love dates all the way back to the Romans- doesn’t get much more traditional than that!


For the Chocoholic


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You can never go wrong with chocolate, especially on Valentine’s Day. Show your Valentine how much they mean to you with the best chocolate in the game from Mueller Chocolate Co. Choose from an array of our all-time favorites including their Valentine Chocolate Tower, assorted gourmet truffles or the classic box of chocolates. 


For the Beer Lover


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Got a craft beer lover in your life? You can’t go wrong with a growler from Molly Molloy’s. With 24 beers on tap, there is plenty to choose from. Cheers!


For the Natural Beauty


Treat your Valentine (or yourself) to luxurious natural skincare products from Terralyn- Bath, Body, Spirit. Terralyn offers beautiful, handcrafted soaps, lotions, scrubs & so much more!


For the Love of Coffee


Show your coffee-lover Valentine that you love them a latte with a gift from Old City Coffee. Pick up a special mug or some gourmet, freshly roasted coffee. 


For the Chef


Is your Valentine happiest when in the kitchen? Give them a meaningful gift that they will be sure to use from Amy’s Place, the one stop kitchen basics store. They’ve got it all, from aprons to thermometers and everything in between! 


For the Partygoer


If your Valentine loves to have a good time, we’ve got the perfect gift for you! Give your special someone a night to remember with tickets to our 6th Annual Party for the Market on February 20th. For more information and tickets, visit:

Happy Valentine’s Day from Reading Terminal Market. Spread the love! #LoveRTM

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