Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Recipe: Vegetarian Sunday Dishes with Seasonal Roots


One of my favorite things to do after work is pick up my delivery box full of fresh produce and think up delicious recipes to make for the weekend. Every Sunday, my closest girlfriends come over to my condo to decompress, drink wine, and watch bad TV together. Someone brings the bottle of wine (or more realistically, bottles*), someone is always picking up flowers, and I always request a block or two of cheese and a shareable dessert, but I cook up the dishes to snack on throughout the night.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Out to Brunch: Brunch Feast at Boqueria Penn Quarter



Boqueria Penn Quarter is offering an amazing Bottomless Brunch all spring and summer long! Go check out the new space and spend two hours brunching with your crew! Boqueria is a Barcelona-inspired tapas bar serving a menu of Spanish classics and market-driven seasonal specials.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Seasonal Roots Online Farmer’s Market


Who doesn’t love farmers markets? I love getting the freshest ingredients, buying local, helping the agri-business community, and knowing that what I am eating was farmed sustainably. However, living in the city and juggling multiple jobs means a lot of the time I end up picking up some OK groceries at the Giant down the street. Ugh…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Events: Interactive Theater and 20% off Urbana Meal from April 19 through May 12



Urbana, the casual Dupont Circle Italian spot, joins Dupont Underground & TBD immersive for a second interactive theater partnership, following the popular 2018 production of “Cabaret Rising: One Nation Underground.” 

Monday, April 15, 2019

A Few of My Favorite Things: My Go-To Spot Before Capital One Arena Events


Dirty Habit, a luxe restaurant and bar in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, is where you’ll find me after work. The spot offers a vivid social scene, a high-end cocktail program, delicious eats, and a beautiful private urban patio. The space is located literally 180 steps from the Capital One Arena - but is tucked away in the perfect spot. 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Events: The Winners of the 11th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge Are....



So many incredible Embassy Chefs gathered together in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center this week to compete in the 11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA! Foodies from around the District got to sip and savor dishes from around the world! It was an incredible night filled with live music, delicious liquor, and unique spices! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Events: DC's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry on April 8th


Want to help end childhood hunger in America? You do not want to miss this event in April! This year’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the National Building Museum. Last year, D.C.’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to connect hungry kids in need with up to 2.5 million healthy meals. The annual tasting event will feature gourmet cuisine and libations crafted by the city’s hottest chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, uniting to raise funds to ensure all children in America have access to the healthy food they need, every day!! One-hundred-percent of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Events: 11th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge this April!


TCMA, Events DC, and Cultural Tourism DC are dishing up the 11th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge on April 2nd! 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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Imperfect Produce: #EatUgly and Fight Food Waste

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Imperfect is a produce delivery company focused on fighting food waste by finding a home for 'ugly' produce. Upon sign-up, you can select the box size, type, and frequency that suits your lifestyle. For each order, your box will be filled with imperfect fruits and/or vegetables according to the box type you selected. For the spring, I decided I really wanted more delicious seasonal fruits and veggies around. I am so glad I now #EatUgly! 

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

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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!