Friday, December 30, 2016

12 Cocktails of Christmas: 6 Geese A Laying

Try my fun and tasty drinks for the festive season from the Capital Cooking Cookbook.  Learn how to make some of the 12 Cocktails of Christmas (6 Geese a Laying Recipe Below).  Capital Cooking Cookbook features the Holiday Cocktails, and copies are available online at: www.createspace.com/3374156

Thursday, December 29, 2016

12 Cocktails of Christmas: 5 Golden Rings

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Recipe: Comforting Baked Potato Soup

When the weather starts to get cool, there is nothing better than a comforting and creamy bowl of soup. One of my favorites is baked potato. Try my comforting recipe below.  You can find this recipe and more in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dreaming of Drinking: White Christmas

Photo by Kristen Finn
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas cocktail. I'm not ready for snow, but I'm happy to drink this white delight.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday Appetizer: Baked Brie

Everyone loves the melty goodness of my Baked Brie.  Perfect for holiday parties!  I've been craving this for a while.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Recipe: Spinach Balls

It is already December and Christmas will be here before you know it.  Time to get your menu ready.  Holidays back home aren't complete without my Nana's spinach balls.   

Friday, December 9, 2016

Thinking of Drinking: Peppermint Pattie



Get a minty fresh taste with a chocolaty creamy smoothness with this Peppermint Pattie Cocktail.  I wish I was drinking one right now!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Recipe: Peppermint Bark

Photo by Emily Clack
The holidays are getting close.  Instead of bringing a bottle of wine to the next party, try making a home-made treat that everyone will enjoy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Lauren's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner so it is time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts for the ones you love. I'll continue adding more products as I review them. If you'd like your product considered, please email me at capitalcooking@gmail.com. Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gingerbread House and Train Workshop

Don't miss the Gingerbread House and Train Workshop at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City.   Explore the art of gingerbread house and train decorating with your little ones in the Grand Ballroom. The event will be taking place from 11:00am-2:00pm and is priced at $39 per adult and $69 per child ages 12 and under (inclusive of gingerbread decor and lunch).

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Tacos

Clyde's of Reston Executive Chef Patrick Carroll says, "I work Thanksgiving and honestly after serving hundreds of turkey dinners I just cant eat it.  But I love leftovers! They challenge me with new creative dishes. I eat food that's light and give me energy for the holiday shopping to come."

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Recipe: Chocolate Pecan Tart

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I taught a Thanksgiving cooking class a few years ago in Virginia and made my delicious Chocolate Pecan Tart Recipe. Instead of the traditional pecan pie typically offered at most Thanksgiving dinners, try out this Chocolate Pecan Tart.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Menu

We're staying in town this year and planning to dine at Le Diplomate with family.  We loved it last year and it is a great way to relax.  That said, I'm still planning to do some cooking with friends.  What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Perfect Pair: Cranberry Apple Sauce

Cranberry Sauce can sometimes have a pungent flavor that makes it hard to eat.  I've added apples to the mix and I think it balances the flavor and makes it more enjoyable.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Recipe: Corn Pudding

Nothing says Thanksgiving like corn pudding.  I put my recipe to the test for my friends and they loved it.  This is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thinking of Drinking: Old Core

If you’re hosting a holiday gathering and want to make it festive and memorable why not put this cocktail recipe at your self – serve bar. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Perfect Pair: Maple-Roasted Turkey with Beer and Wine

Pete and I basting the turkey.
Spoil your guests on Thanksgiving with an organic turkey from Ayrshire Farm and pairings from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 3 Stars Brewing Company and Ommegang.  I tested out the menu recently and this turkey is the best I've ever had.  Try the recipe next Thursday and you'll be in heaven!  (This recipe is best made with friends while sipping beer and wine.)  I am blessed an thankful to have such wonderful friends.  Cheers!

Perfect Pair: Mom's Sweet Potato Casserole



Tuesdays is all about pairing food and drinks with the help of our experts.  This week, wine expert, Neal Wavra, the sommelier of the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia, helped us select the perfect pairings

Friday, November 4, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Menu Planning: Fall Feast

Happy Fall! We celebrated the season with a menu worth sharing. A special thank you for our partners: American Lamb Board, Logan's Sausage, California Figs, San Bernardo Ice Cream.  Lamb, figs and sausages are perfect fall ingredients.  Logan's Sausage Company is one of my favorites.  They have so many varieties and they are great for grilling at parties.  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Opening: Service Bar DC

Passion Fruit Sour
Service Bar DC (SBDC), the concept of veteran bartenders Chad Spangler and Glendon Hartley along bar owner Chris Willoughby, opens today!   

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fall in DC

#babycapcook hiking
My work schedule has been crazy, but we got a small taste of fall this weekend with hiking near Montrose Park.  It was great to get out in nature and enjoy!  What fun things have you been doing in DC?  

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Dip

Are you looking for an easy dip to bring to your next fall gathering?  Look no further.  Yes, it is that time of year! It is pumpkin season. Try my Pumpkin Pie Dip from the Capital Cooking Cookbook. It is quick and easy and is sure to be a big hit. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Grand Opening: Muse Paintbar at Mosaic


By Claire Goldman

Sip and snack while expressing your creative side at Muse Paintbar in the Mosaic District.  This is the 20th Muse to pop up nationwide but the first to come to the DC area.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Opening: Sakerum

Mokimedia threw another fabulous party to celebrate the opening of Sakerum!  I had fun visiting with The Washington Lobbyist, Dolci Gelati's Anastasia Dellaccio and top mixologist, Gina Cersevani.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Perfect Pair: Sweet Corn and Jalapeno Risotto

Tuesdays are all about pairing food and wine. Here's some summer suggestions to get you going. My summer risotto pairs perfectly with two white wines. Check out my recommendations below.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Recipe: Cantaloupe Salad with Calimyrna Figs

At our Lamb and Fig Feast, I made a variety of dishes including a Cantaloupe Salad with Calimyrna Figs.  Calimyrna figs have a pale yellow skin with a buttery and nutty flavor similar to a Chardonnay.  Special thank you to the California Fig Association for contributing the delicious fruit.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Zodiac Summer

This summer I have been exploring new, refreshing drinks to beat the brutal DC heat.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thinking of Drinking: Blonde Mahogany

Beverage Director Andra “AJ” Johnson of Macon Bistro and Larder, located at 5520 Connecticut Ave., NW, 20015, is featuring the popular Brazilian spirit, Cachaça, to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Guests can enjoy this cocktail throughout the Olympic games through August 21 st , during dinner service. Dinner is served Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday, from 5 PM to 11 PM, and Sunday, from 5 PM to 10 PM. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Labor Day Eats in DC

Keep the weekend going and do brunch on Labor Day.  If you're offering brunch and aren't on the list, please send me the details to be included.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Perfect Pair: Lobster Risotto

Last spring, my mom came to town and we were in for a treat.  As she arrived, I received a shipment of live lobsters from GetMaineLobster.com.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that they are the best I've ever had.  We spent the night boiling lobster to make this delicious Lobster Risotto.  The delicate meat melts in your mouth.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

All Aboard: Swedish Crayfish Safari!

In the gorgeous little seaside villa of Fjallbacka, nestled like a hand into the glove of the deep, mysterious Bohuslan Coast in West Sweden, you may be surprised to learn that you can go on a wild safari.  But you won’t need a rifle, and you won’t be tracking anything resembling the Big Five.  Instead you will be jumping on a four-ton fishing boat and diving headlong into crashing waves to hunt crayfish submerged nearly 300 feet below the sea’s surface, a place so cold and so dark that only the tastiest of creatures hide out there.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Guide to California Wine Country

We loved our trip to California last summer.  It is the perfect place to enjoy sunshine and wine.  Napa and Sonoma are truly breathtaking.  The quality of wine is hard to beat.  Check out what we did and let me know if you have any questions when planning your trip.  Cheers!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Uncorked: Truvée Rosé

Summer is the perfect time to sip Rosé.  Truvée Rosé is from California’s sun-kissed Central Coast .  This fruit forward, floral, and dry pink wine has a truly unique story that evokes the American Dream.  

Monday, August 8, 2016

Recipe: Spicy Moroccan Hummus

Spice up your life this summer with my Moroccan hummus.  Spicy Moroccan Hummus is perfect dip.  

Friday, August 5, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Recipe: Caprese Salad


Photo by Kristen Finn
It is tomato season my friends!  This Caprese Salad was featured on Cooking of Campania.  I got my first taste in a small restaurant on the island of Capri about 15 years ago.  You'll love the freshness of the tomatoes and the creaminess of the mozzarella.  It is the perfect summertime treat!  It is also featured in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.

Eating Around Town: Hazel

I'll be the first to admit that I don't get out much now that I have an almost two year old.  When my friend asked me to come out for a girls dinner, I was excited to try Hazel.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Recipe: Peach Bruschetta

Peaches are in season right now and oh so sweet.  What else can you do with them besides eating them raw?  Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats makes a yummy Peach Bruschetta. Check out this vegan recipe.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Thinking of Drinking: Watermelon Cricket

It is watermelon season and I've been downing at least one per week.  Get in the watermelon spirit with Carmine's Watermelon Cricket ($12).  Cool off with gin mixed with muddled fresh watermelon, lemon and lime juice, and a splash of simple syrup and Peychaud’s bitters (boozy bitters from New Orleans).  According to Carmine’s beverage director Erin Ward “It’s very refreshing in the heat and humidity”.  Really? Well then have a couple!!