Friday, May 25, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Red and White Sangria

Photo by Emily Clack
With weekends as beautiful as this one, Sangria seems like the perfect drink to sip on outside.  This Sangria is a twist on the traditional recipes that use brandy. Carmine’s uses Vermouth.  Both recipes are slightly sweet and very refreshing.  These are recipes are nice for a picnic, barbecue or party since the base of the drink can be made hours in advance.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Recipe: Mango Salsa

Mangoes are ripe and delicious now.  My two little girlies love them.  This recipe can add a refreshing element to many summer dishes.  I also like to eat it plain or serve it with chips.  Bring it along for a Memorial Day BBQ.  Happy Thursday!

Monday, May 21, 2018

And the Winner Is...

Embassy Chefs representing Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Republic of Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Republic of Haiti, Republic of Iraq, Jamaica, Republic of Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Principality of Liechtenstein, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Kingdom of Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines and Slovak Republic all came together on May 17th to battle for the title of best dish! 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Frosé

So, I've been dying to try Frosé. When the hype began, I was pregnant and jealous.  Friends asked us to join them at the Lake of the Ozarks for Mother's Day and I bought 5 different rosés to sip.  Upon arrival, we froze one bottle in a zip lock bag with 8 fresh strawberries.  Magic happened on Saturday!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Top 3 Memorial Day Desserts

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It is almost that time... You'll usually find me at a beach, lake or pool.  I love a good holiday weekend and Memorial Day is no exception.  Head to a BBQ with one of these delicious desserts in hand.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Events: 10th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge

TCMA, Events DC, and Cultural Tourism DC are dishing up the 10th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge TOMORROW! Returning to the atrium at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, the Embassy Chef Challenge is bringing together chefs from 30 different embassies to showcase delicious dishes from around the globe.

Recipes: Wildfire Meal Kits with Peapod

Peapod, America’s leading online grocer, has partnered with the classic steakhouse Wildfire, creating new chef-inspired meal kits that can be delivered right to your door. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Uncorked: M de Minuty

Rosé season is here and I love this wine!  I sipped a bottle in the nice weather on Mother's Day.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Recipe: M’Hanncha Coiled Serpent Cake

This crescent shaped pastry is stuffed with delicately flavored almond paste and coated with icing sugar. M'hanncha means "the snake" and this pastry certainly looks like a snake. It is made of filo dough and is then coiled like a snake. It is filled with an almond paste. You can make a large pastry with larger sheets of filo, or you can make individual sizes, which is much easier.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Grapefruit Mojito

Get ready to be refreshed.  Make some of these puppies and light the grill to enjoy an evening outside.  

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Uncorked: Wine for Mom

Hopefully, you have your Sunday plans set for Mom.  How are you celebrating?  Surprise Mom with a gift of wine.  Many of these are great to sip outside or to serve with dessert.  

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Recipe: Skillet-Fried Potatoes with Rosemary, Panceta and Onions

Photo by Emily Clack
There's nothing better than Sunday brunch.  I showed viewers how to make this delicious recipe on Capital Cooking's Sunday Brunch episode. The panceta and rosemary combine to create a balance of heartiness and delicateness that standard breakfast potatoes lack.  I make these potatoes every time we have out-of-town guests and it is always a hit.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Swedish Recipe: Toast Skagen

We had a blast on our Swedish adventure to explore the cuisine and culture. We got our first taste of Toast Skagen in Stockholm, Sweden at Lisa Emqvist inside Östermalms Saluhall.  It wasn't until our trip to Grinda (one of the islands in the archipelago) that Chef Victor Rundquist showed us how to make it.  Imagine visiting a beautiful and relaxing island and cooking with the chef outside on the BBQ pit.  It couldn't be better.  The Toast Skagen is a traditional Swedish starter and we saw it listed on the menu at most restaurants. This is a great recipe for Spring!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Uncorked: Sterling Rosé and Bubbles for Mom

Spoil mom with some of her favorite wines this Mother’s Day. Iconic Napa Valley winery Sterling Vineyards has you covered for a polished day celebrating mom with a lovely rosé and already wrapped sparkling wines Mom will love!  The best part is that you can sip with her.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Uncorked: Rose for Mother's Day

Thank Mom for the love, care and support she's given you from the very beginning. This year, make your mom feel extra-special with a nice bottle of rose.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Recipe: Chilean Sea Bass

Previously, on Capital Cooking, Chef Enzo Fargione helped us Set the Mood with Food with his Chilean Sea Bass in Fennel/Anise Broth with Smoked Purple Potatoes.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Blood Orange Margarita

Add a zing to your Cinco de Mayo party with these Blood Orange Margaritas.

Thinking of Drinking: Two & Two

District Distilling, located in the bustling U-Street corridor, will be offering a layered shot for Derby Day. It's called the Two & Two, to tie into the $2 Million payout awarded to the horse and jockey who wins the 2 minute race. Its made from a combination of District Distilling’s Embassy Row Creme De Menthe with Backroom Bourbon layered on top garnished with a mint leaf and will be available throughout the day on Saturday, May 5th. Its priced at $5.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Recipe: Popovers

David Burke had me popping over for his popovers at the International Trump Hotel! When the chef came out with these “huge” rolls, the aroma overtook me, and I felt as though I was back at home helping my mother bake fresh breads and pastries for a big family dinner. I promptly looked at the chef, eyes-wide and belly empty, and uttered “did you ask my mom what I liked before coming here?!” as I quickly grabbed for one of the fresh baked loaves.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Recipe: Opa Opa Shrimp

Cava is my favorite Greek restaurant in DC, so I was so excited to have Chef Dimitri join me on Capital Cooking to teach me his Opa Opa Shrimp recipe.  Hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Recipe: Awaze Tibs

DC is filled with lots of delicious Ethiopian restaurants.  This recipe was featured on Capital Cooking's Ethiopian Cuisine Episode.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Recipe: Salsa

You've got to make salsa for Cinco de Mayo!  During our time in Cabo, Mexico, we stopped by the One and Only Palmilla to cook with Chef Larbi Dahrouch.  He showed us his recipe for Salsa Mexicana.  I've got my own urban garden growing on my patio with fresh tomatoes and peppers.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Perfect Pair: Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and Piedmont Whites

Cucumber sandwiches are one of the classic tea sandwiches for Kentucky Derby parties. I first tasted these sandwiches long ago when my friends had tea parties for their birthdays when I was very young. We learned how to sip tea and hold our pinkies up. Tea sandwiches provide your guest something easier to manage when dressed in nice clothing. You can try these sandwiches for a Derby party or even make them for Mother's day.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Opening: Gong Cha Bubble Tea

Gong Cha, a Bubble Tea Chain that originated in Taiwan in 2006, has opened in Rockville, Maryland! The trendy Taiwanese shop opened at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 31st, with a massive line out the door and live entertainers performing outside the new spot. Located at 1800 Rockville Pike in the Galvan at Twinbrook complex, it’s only about a 25-minute drive from downtown D.C. to get the best authentic Bubble Tea in town.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: April Rain

April showers bring May flowers!  Have a sip of some April Rain.  Hopefully we'll clear through the rest of the month without more rain.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Uncorked: Top 3 Spring Whites

Spring is a great time to sip wine. The weather starts to feel a little nicer; the trees start blooming; the air smells fresh.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dining Out: Cherry Blossom Tasting Menu at BLT Prime by David Burke

With the Cherry Blossom season in full bloom, David Burke at BLT Prime has outdone himself again with a new cherry-inspired tasting menu. Located in the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., the upscale steakhouse offers outstanding service, a beautiful atmosphere, and incredible flavors. The Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off on March 20th and runs until April 17th, with the peak bloom taking place between April 8th-April 12th, and David Burke and Executive Chef Matijevich wanted to add another way to celebrate the 3,000 cherry trees that Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave to the city of Washington D.C. in 1912.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Perfect Pair: Garlic Chicken

This is a light red that pairs well with chicken.  This Barbera shows ample red fruit on the nose. It has silky tannins that give it a smooth mouthfeel. This freshness and approachability makes it a great wine for everyday drinking.   The company has 60 acres of vineyards and sources additional grapes from vineyards in Piedmont.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Recipe: Carrot 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.  I've put a spring spin on it with my carrot cake version. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Easter Cocktails

In case you missed our segment on Let's Talk Live, you can watch it here. Check out the cocktail recipes below!

Thinking of Drinking: Spring Punch

This punch is extremely refreshing and easy to drink. Be careful because it hits you when you least expect it. Have a blast drinking this on Easter. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Perfect Pair: Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus is in season.  Celebrate with this asparagus risotto that will melt in your mouth.  Taste it for yourself!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Carrot Cocktail

Celebrate spring with this fresh carrot drink.  Keep it out of reach if you see Peter Rabbit.

Thinking of Drinking: Chocolate Easter Bunny

Rather than loading up on lots of Easter candy, get your chocolate fix by making one of these Chocolate Easter Bunny cocktails.  If you don't have Diep 9, you could use an alternative chocolate and vanilla cordial liqueur.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Chance For Life Charity Event and Taste Experience Raises $1.6 Million for Cancer Research

On Saturday, March 10th at the MGM National Harbor the D.C. charity event of the year helped in raising $1.6 million dollars to help fund pediatric cancer research at the Children's National Health System. Chance for Life, presented by Boeing, featured an all day 700-person poker tournament, an incredible line up of D.C. Chef's at their nighttime Taste Experience, multiple top-shelf open bars, one of the largest silent-auctions in the region, and an amazing cocktail party afterwards. All of the proceeds went to fighting against childhood cancer. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Perfect Pair: Roasted Asparagus

The key to good asparagus is not to over cook it.  Think:  crisp crunch and not soggy.  This is a wonderful spring side dish.  Enjoy!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018