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