Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dining Out: The Best Thai in DC You Didn’t Know About



I grew up eating Thai food. Every Sunday night I knew I would be hopping in the car with my 8-person family and driving to the hole-in-the-wall Thai place in my hometown. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The 2019 Rammys Nominations....



The 2019 RAMMY Awards is coming up!! Save the date: On June 30th, 2019, the party of the year (with the absolute best food and drinks) is here! Last night top industry professionals gathered at The Hamilton Live at The Hamilton as RAMW announced finalists for the 2019 RAMMY Awards

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Thinking of Drinking: The Hurricane

Wouldn't it be fun to be in New Orleans on Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras!? I'll be there for Fat Tuesday! New Orleans has been celebrating Fat Tuesday since French Settlers arrived in the 1700s, and still continues the tradition to this day. Although Mardi Gras is well known for the alcohol, New Orleans is also famous for the King Cake, Gumbo, Etouffe, and Jambalaya.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Perfect Pair: Black Cod with Garbanzo Bean Puree and Two Angels Sauvignon Blanc

Many years ago, we filmed one of our first episodes of Capital Cooking at 1789 in Georgetown.  Dan Giusti and I hit it off and had a blast whipping up some of his fancy dishes.  Here's one of our masterpieces from the episode.  It pairs nicely with Two Angels Sauvignon Blanc.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

10 Valentine's Day Cupcake Recipes

Valentine's Day is almost here!  Bake up something special with these ideas for Valentine's Day Cupcake recipes.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Get ready for Valentine's Day with Chocolate Pots de Crème!

Photo by Duane Heaton
You may have learned how to make Chocolate Pots de Crème on Capital Cooking's episode of "Romantic Dinner for 2."  Make this for your love on Valentine's Day.  It is the perfect dessert paired with my filet mignon and potato gratin.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Valentine's Recipe: Lamb Au Poivre with Two Angels Petite Sirah

February is Lamb Lovers month. To celebrate, make this lamb recipe for Valentine's Day. Lamb Au Poivre is typically made with steak and is a classic French peppery dish. I added my Lauren Lambassador twist by switching out the beef for lamb.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Opening: Fast-Casual Restaurant Flower Child Opens Today!


Flower Child is serving healthy food for a happy world – and has just opened up in Washington D.C! The mission of Flower Child is to “spread positively delicious vibes and healthy food” in Washington D.C.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Football Food: Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

Do you have your Super Bowl game party menu plans?  The best part is making fun food to enjoy with friends.  Our friend Chad usually brings these little smokies every year.  Whip some of these up for game day!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

DC Winter Tippler Cocktail Program: 15 Cocktails at 15 of DC’s Hottest Spots!



DC Winter Tippler is kicking off this Friday! From February 1st to March 15th you can roam around D.C. to try out some of the best cocktail spots around town – or you can do it all in one weekend, depending on the type of adventure you are wanting to have!

Football Food: Grilled Wings with Tarragon Ranch

Make your Super Bowl party complete by making these Grilled Wings with Tarragon Ranch from Chef Matthew at Trademark in Alexandria, VA.  Make a little extra of the ranch for a veggie platter.  These wings are sure to be a big hit at your party!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Thinking of Drinking: TouchDown Punch

Nobody makes a punch better than Gina Chersevani.  This "Ale"ments Punch is perfect for the Super Bowl.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cheers to Beer: Let It Rye’d Hazy Rye IPA Exclusively at MGM National Harbor



Head out to MGM to sip some on some delicious Flying Dog, which is brewed right in Frederick, Maryland. Flying Dog is most known for its craft brews, artistic bottles, edgy beer names and delicious off-the-wall beer flavors to try. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

4 Chicken Recipes Worth Making

Chicken is always a go-to main dish.  It is a healthy protein and there are so many recipes that are easy to prepare.  What are your favorite chicken recipes?  Try some of mine below!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Recipe: Creamy Alfredo Pasta with Shrimp, Mushrooms and Peas

Hi Friends!  I mentioned that I'm cooking my grandmother all of her favorite foods.  She put in a request for Shrimp Alfredo.  This recipe is a staple for me and I use the sauce to make many other pasta dishes.  We had a great evening eating this dish and reminiscing about childhood memories and growing up in St. Louis.  I hope this recipe makes your belly happy.  

Friday, January 11, 2019

Thinking of Drinking: Hot Toddy

Howdy!  It is freezing in St. Louis and the snow is coming down.  Cure that winter cold with a Hot Toddy!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Banana Pudding for MawMaw

My Sous Chef
In 2017, my maternal grandmother passed away right before Christmas.  Her loss was devastating to my family.  This past December, my paternal grandmother had a heart attack and was told she has 30 days to live.  I'm not ready to lose her and neither is my family.  She's active, funny and so loving.  My daughters adore being with her.  We went to visit her last week and I asked her about her favorite foods and what I could make for her.  She asked for banana pudding.  I made the recipe below and she loved it.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Cocktails: 9 Ladies Dancing

Photo by Jessica Patterson
Happy New Year!  I'm back from a nice break.  I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season.  I hope your 2019 brings lots of joy and laughter.  Thank you for continuing to read Capital Cooking!