Sunday, December 27, 2015

12 Cocktails of Christmas: 3 French Hens

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...You'll love our Cocktail chapter in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.  Everything you need to get ready for the party planning.   

Friday, December 25, 2015

The 12 Cocktails of Christmas: A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Photo by Kristen Finn
Merry Christmas!  Find this and more in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.  On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Friday, December 18, 2015

Thinking of Drinking: Winter Sangria

It is time for holiday parties. Check out my segment on Let's Talk Live!  You can't throw a holiday party without a signature punch.  Try out my Winter Sangria.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Just Lunch: Pennsylvania 6

Creamy ricotta spread with fig jam
Pennsylvania 6 DC is now open for lunch in Franklin Square.  The restaurant pays homage to Hotel Pennsylvania, the first social scene in Manhattan where entertainers and political players would come together over refined culinary dishes and hand-crafted cocktails. (speakeasy-style) 

Holiday Recipes: Pork Tenderloin Medallions and Pumpkin Cream

Bistro Vivant in McLean, VA shared a holiday recipe.  Enjoy Pork Tenderloin Medallions and Pumpkin Cream With Chestnut and Spiced Milk Cappuccino.  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Visit Santa at Chaplin's Restaurant

I recently visited Chaplin's for brunch.  Slurp down some ramen in the morning and then come back at night to sit on a jolly man's lap.

Recipe: Creamed Spinach

Interested in making your own date night at home?  Buy some steaks and try preparing The Palm's Creamed Spinach as a side.  You can't go wrong with this creamy dish!

Thinking of Drinking: Gingerbread Man-tini

It is time for holiday parties. Check out my segment on Let's Talk Live! Start with some bubbly!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Thinking of Drinking: Aperol Spritz

It is time for holiday parties. Check out my segment on Let's Talk Live!

Recipe: Homey Apple Maple Bundt Cake


I love baking around the holidays. This weekend I had some leftover apples that were getting a bit softer. I thought it would be great to use them up so I decided on an Apple Bundt cake with a maple glaze topping. This homey delight will keep you wanting more. It is perfect to serve with coffee in the morning or for dessert on a cold evening.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fig & Olive Cookbook: The Cuisine of the French Riviera


By Claire Goldman


Take a culinary tour of the French Riviera right in your own home with the new cookbook Fig & Olive:  The Cuisine of the French Riviera from Chef Laurent Halasz, founder of Fig & Olive.  The book includes recipes, entertaining  tips and beautiful food photography.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Out to Brunch: Ella's Woodfired Pizza

By Claire Goldman
Photographs by Lauren DeSantis 

Ella's Wood Fired Pizza is breaking out of the usual pizzeria mold.  The downtown eatery is now offering a new weekend brunch menu.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thinking of Drinking: Pumpkin Amaro Manhattan

Recover fromThanksgiving with some fun cocktails!  Here's a great pumpkin Manhattan cocktail recipe from BLT Steak. They make their own Amaro for the drink and barrel-age it, but you can use any Amaro from the store.  Cheers!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Recipe: Ma Pearl's Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Only 2 days until turkey time. Want to try a fun pumpkin dessert? Check out Lance London's pumpkin bread pudding recipe. This is London's grandmother Ma Pearl's recipe, and is a signature dessert at The Carolina Kitchen.

Perfect Pair: Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

The cake was supposedly first made by accident in the 1930s by a St. Louis-area German American baker who was trying to make regular cake batter but reversed the proportions of sugar and flour.  This cake is available at most area bakeries and grocery stores in St. Louis. If you haven’t had it before, you are in for a treat. Neal Wavra, the sommelier of the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia, helped us select the pairing.

Pairing for Thanksgiving Day: The Virginia Way

So Thursday is the big TURKEY day.  You can't beat the never ending supply of comfort food during the holidays. I'm thankful for that!  This year I wanted to plan the perfect meal completely paired with Virginia wine.  I hope you enjoy!

#TravelTuesday: Sunset in Sindabezi Island, Zambia

Best trip ever!

Thanksgiving Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Dried Cranberries

Time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving menu. I've asked chefs around DC to share some of their favorite recipes to celebrate the holiday.  Growing up, I hated Brussels Sprouts.  My memories of the soggy, disgusting small cabbage was ingrained in my head.  It wasn't until I moved to DC and tried some properly prepared Brussels Sprouts, that I realized how delicious they actually taste.  Check out this recipe from Blue Duck Tavern.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Recipe: Stuffed and Baked Lobster

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Legal Sea Foods' Stuffed and Baked Lobster. Culinary historians believe that much of the Thanksgiving meal consisted of seafood, which is often absent from today’s menus, so this year why not try a baked stuffed lobster instead of a baked stuffed turkey to celebrate the holiday.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Recipe: Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole

Clyde's of Columbia Executive Chef Jason Mcintosh's favorite side is Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole.  Make your own this Thanksgiving!  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Recipe: Mustard Roasted Carrots

Looking for a Thanksgiving side?  These Mustard Roasted Carrots will do the trick.  This healthy dish is packed with flavor and pairs well with the local options selected below.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Chef Challenge! Chile Food & Cocktail Battle


Cafe du Parc Chefs in Action
By Claire Goldman


The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington put on the second annual Chef & Mixologist Challenge.  Local chefs and mixologists were challenged to create dishes and drinks supporting the Foods from Chile:  Source of Life Campaign.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Recipe: White Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Bark


White Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Bark makes the perfect edible Housewarming gift. This is a very versatile recipe and can be made with different types of chocolates and nuts.

Monday, November 9, 2015

My Thanksgiving Hero

Can you believe it is November?  November is a time for reflection to think about the people you are thankful for in your life.  I'm so thankful to have a beautiful baby and loving husband.  I'm thankful to have such a supportive family and nice friends.  I'm thankful for the help of our nanny, Donna.  She's helped us raise our little girl for almost a year now.  

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thinking of Drinking: Spiced Hot Chocolate

The upper patio at Poste Moderne Brasserie has been transformed into a cozy respite, as the restaurant relaunches the popular Poste Winter Lounge, complete with warm seasonal cocktails, complimentary s’mores and accompanying fire pits and blankets.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recipe: Roasted Chicken

During my time at L'Academie de Cuisine, we learned how to make a delicious Roasted Chicken.  While a chicken is easy to roast, it is hard to make it good.  I love making a chicken early in the week and using the meat to make other recipes.  It is so versatile and you can save the bones to make a wonderful stock.  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cuba Libre Celebrates 5 Years in DC


By: Laurie Wallin
Capital Cooking Contributor

In a city where restaurants close – and open – on a regular basis, longevity in DC is something to be celebrated. Cuba Libre did just that on Thursday, October 29, celebrating 5 years in DC with a terrific party that featured cocktails, passed appetizers and desserts by Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot, door prizes and live music by the Joe Falero and his Cuba Trio Ensemble.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nominate Your Thanksgiving Hero!

Thanksgiving is about more than just turkey.  It is about thanking those that deserve it.  Choosing to do the right thing is sometimes taken for granted.  I grew up in the Midwest where that's what people live by.  Moving to DC in my early 20s, with naive eyes, shocked me a bit.  I realized that some people have an entitlement mentality and they'll do whatever it takes to get themselves ahead of the game.  When I meet people, now, that put others above themselves, I take notice.  I consider these people heroes.  Even something as simple as holding the door open for others, letting a car in front of yours, taking the time to teach younger people, lending a helping hand to a neighbor... these things matter.  People remember these acts of kindness and hopefully they'll pay them forward.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thinking of Drinking: Penalty Flag

Get ready for football with some of these cocktails!  

Thinking of Drinking: Vampire's Blood


It is getting close to Halloween again.  Time for a party and time for a Halloween punch.  This Vampire's Blood is perfect for a party because guests can serve themselves.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Trick-Or-Treat

My little Cabbage Patch Kid
#babycapcook began the Halloween celebration last weekend with trick-or-treating at the EEOB, walking the Little Goblin Parade in Logan Circle and attending a pumpkin carving party.  It will be hard to top her first Halloween in Puerto Rico, but she is well on her way.  

Halloween in DC

My little Cabbage Patch Kid
Check out theses Halloween specials!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Menu ReVamp: Taberna del Alabardero




By: Laurie Wallin
Capital Cooking Contributor

Occasionally, I’ll walk up 18th Street to the Farragut West Metro.  I’ve always been curious about Taberna del Alabardero with its inviting outdoor patio and elegant décor.  I recently tried their fall menu and I’m kicking myself that I haven’t visited sooner. Taberna del Alabardero is celebrating 27 years in DC – in a city where restaurants come and go, this is a rare feat, and after visiting, I can see why. Executive Chef Executive Chef Javier Romero, who has been in DC for 6 years, has put together a menu that showcases Spain – he wants to have Taberna’s diners taste the real flavors of Spain. Each dish has a Spanish traditional base. Fresh seafood is delivered every day, and the freshness of the seafood really shined in the dishes that I tasted. Sommelier Jorge Olias, who has been with the restaurant for over 6 months, has curated a lovely wine list to complement Chef Romero’s dishes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Uncorked: Use Wine Bottles for Halloween Décor

After enjoying a bottle of Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s flagship Diamond Collection Claret, turn the bottle’s signature gold netting into spooky yet sophisticated piece of décor with a few simple steps.

Monday, October 26, 2015