Thursday, July 19, 2018

Coffee Meets Stroopwafel: The Love Story I Didn’t Know I Needed

I love every type of coffee: espresso shots, hazelnut cappuccinos, iced caramel macchiatos, vanilla lattes, or just a simple black cup of Joe. I started drinking coffee about 6 months ago. Before then, I hated it. I never thought I would enjoy the taste of coffee, but in reality, I had never appreciated such a unique taste. I can’t go a day without it now, and I feel so silly that I didn’t give coffee a chance sooner. One morning, while sipping a fresh cup of coffee from my nespresso machine, I had the urge to dip something into it. But what? I had seen people dip donuts into coffee, but I wanted something chewier and lighter. Biscottis are always so crunchy and bland; I wanted something that was crumbly but soft.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Events: Get Tickets to the One-of-a-Kind Taste of Titanic Event on July 25th at National Geographic

Foodies and Titanic lovers alike—you don’t want to miss this event! In tandem with the museum’s new exhibit, “Titanic: The Untold Story,” Nat Geo is putting on an incredible culinary journey that will take you back to the golden age of transatlantic steamship travel. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

TOP 5 Spicy Products from Fancy Food Show

Wherever I go, I am always on the lookout for spicy products. I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC this past weekend, and after running down the hundreds of aisles of specialty products for two days straight, I found some incredible products with just the right amount of heat that will definitely be in my kitchen from now on. Although I tried a lot of different spicy products, these were my top 5 that I couldn't stop thinking about: 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Things To Do: Wildfire’s 9th Annual All-Crab Dinner with PBS Host, Chef, and Restaurateur John Shields

Chesapeake Bay Crab & Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Wildfire:  Join me at Wildfire, in Tysons Galleria on Friday, July 27, 2018, for a special evening with John Shields, author of Chesapeake Bay Cooking, host of the PBS series Coastal Cooking, and owner of the renowned Gertrude’s in Baltimore, for an incredible CrabFest Dinner! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Ginger Collins

Are you ready for summer in a glass?  These cocktails are incredibly refreshing, but be careful because they pack a punch.  

Thursday, July 12, 2018

8 Things to Do in Aspen, Colorado with Kids for Summer

My previous trips to Colorado without kids included endless hikes, skiing, and late night partying.  While my experience was totally different with the girls, we still had a lovely time.  There's plenty to do for the little ones.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Things to Do: FREE “Cooking Up History” Demo at the American History Museum

Once a month, The American History Museum puts on an incredible food demonstration with a guest chef and their resident food historian, Dr. Ashley Rose Young. The duo prepares recipes while discussing the history and traditions behind the ingredients.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top 6 Summer Rosé Wines

Are you like me and just can't get enough of Rosé in the summer? There is nothing better than coming home after a long day and sipping a glass of Rosé. With extra time, you can even make Frosé, but just use the cheap stuff for that. Here are some of my favorite Rosés to sip outside. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Things to Do: Rooftop Cookie Dough Pop-Up

DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections of NYC is coming to Washington D.C. ALL SUMMER LONG at the Watergate Hotel Rooftop. Top of the Gate will feature DŌ’s two most popular flavors: Chocolate Chip & Sugar Cookie. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

My TOP 5 Favorite Products from Summer Fancy Food Show

We had an incredible time at the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC this past weekend. We met with remarkable food industry professionals, entrepreneurs, chefs, bakers, and foodies all with their own unique products and distinctive brands. Although I sampled dozens of specialty products from all across the globe, I didn’t even get close to meeting with the hundreds of interesting people or trying the thousands of products that lined the Javits Convention Center. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Tuscan Lemon Drop

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We recently filmed a new episode of Capital Cooking called, "Under the Tuscan Stars."  I came up with a delicious recipe to go with the food.  This Tuscan Lemon Drop has the perfect herbal-lemon flavor. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Perfect Pair: Summer Cucumbers and Capture Sauvignon Blanc

Tuesdays are all about pairing food and wine. Sauvignon Blanc has herbaceous notes so pairs well with green herbs, like dill. The name Sauvignon Blanc means "wild white." I absolutely love it for summer.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Uncorked: Winemakers' Dinner with the Rhone Rangers

The 6th Annual Winemakers Dinner put on by the National Museum of American History was outstanding. Incredible wines, inspiring individuals, and delicious eats! Chef Cedric Maupillier of Convivial prepared an incredible meal to pair with the American Rhone wines.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Just a Few of My Favorite Things: Hot Sauce

I am obsessed with all things spicy, but I am frequently unimpressed with everything I buy that markets themselves as "hot." Either it’s too mild, hot but flavorless, not appetizing, or filled with strange ingredients. However, last week I got to sample Poor Devil Pepper Co.’s Hot Sauce to get ready for the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event that displays a wide variety of innovative and new products, and I fell in love. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Uncorked: Margerum Wine Company and the Rhone Rangers

Doug Margerum California Wine
California Wine Pioneer Doug Margerum is in the District this week, promoting his incredible Santa Barbara wines to D.C. chefs, educating D.C. foodies and tourists on Rhone wine varieties, and meeting with winemakers from across America to sip and savor around the table.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Events: National Geographic Explorers Festival Wrap Up

National Geographic put on an amazing Festival to celebrate the Changemakers of the Year. The National Geographic Explorers Festival brought together some of the world’s most innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers so they could share their discoveries and insights to the public as well as be honored for the incredible impact they have made in creating a more sustainable future.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Safeway: Your One-Stop-Shop for June Celebrations

June, the time of the year for graduation festivities, prom planning, celebrating dads, weddings, and summertime cook-outs. I never think of June as a holiday month, but I have come to realize I am either hosting or attending an event every weekend in June. With a busy work schedule, the idea of running to multiple shops to buy gifts, food platters, desserts, decorations, cards, florals, fresh meats, and alcohol….. sounds like a nightmare. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Events: The National Museum of American History's 6th Annual Winemakers' Dinner

On Tuesday, June 19th an incredible group of Rhone Winemakers are coming together to celebrate Rhone grapes at the National Museum of American History’s 6th Annual Winemakers’ Dinner.

Thinking of Drinking: Superfruit Lemonade

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse has a fun cocktail menu.  This Superfruit Lemonade is packed with antioxidants from the berries.  Try one in the restaurant or at home with the recipe below.  We had a blast stuffing ourselves with meat and cocktails.  The staff and service are excellent!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Top 5 Beers at SAVOR

Recently, 90 small and independent craft brewers came together in Washington D.C. to serve up their best beers. On it’s 11th year put on by The Brewers Association, the event served over 180 beers alongside incredible food pairings prepared by some of D.C.’s finest chefs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Uncorked: Gran Moraine Yamhill-Carlton Rosé

Gran Moraine Winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon has the perfect picnic necessity.  Get your hands on a limited-release magnum of the 2017 Gran Moraine Yamhill-Carlton Rosé of Pinot Noir. They partnered with the Napa retailer Olive and Poppy to to make the best kit to rosé the day away!  Look for me in Forest Park, the Botanical Gardens or the zoo and I'll be sipping a glass.   

Monday, June 11, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Peruvian Sangria

At a past Lamb and Fig dinner, I made this Peruvian Sangria with figs and La Diablada to go with our meal.  Special thank you to the California Fig Association for contributing the delicious fruit.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Top 7 Wines for Dad

Father's Day is right around the corner.  That means it is time to grill.  Think steaks, hamburgers, lamb chops...  Dad needs wine to wash down all of that delicious red meat.  What are you doing for Father's Day?  Have you got a gift?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Events: National Geographic Explorers Festival

Each year, Nat Geo celebrates incredible scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers that have helped in creating change for the better at their Explorers Festival. This year, 140 Changemakers from around the globe will come together to share their experiences and discoveries. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The 36th Annual RAMMYS Awards Gala is Here! Get Your Tickets Today!

DC’s #1 Food Event is Here! You don’t want to miss out on THE food and restaurant celebration of the year. The 36th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala is on Sunday, June 10th. Will we see you there? The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) will award top chefs, restaurateurs, and food service professionals in the D.C. area that showed innovation, creativity, and exceptional accomplishments in the one of the hottest and ever-revolving restaurant industries. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience is BACK!

The Nation’s Premier Craft Beer and Food Pairing Event, SAVOR, presented by the Brewers Association (BA), will take place in Washington DC again this year on June 1st and June 2nd! In its 11th year, SAVOR is bringing together more small and independent craft brewers than ever before—90 to be exact—for DC foodies to indulge in.  This is one of Capital Cooking's favorite events of the year.  If you are a beer lover, you've got to go!  

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