Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Re-Cap

Photo by Alex Moore. Special Thanks to the Thompson Quintuplets and Links organization for sponsoring the show.
We had lots of fun with Capital Cooking in 2009! We hope that 2010 will be even better with the release of the Capital Cooking Cookbook!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Join the host of Capital Cooking and learn to Reduce and Concord at the Kitchen Conservatory

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As the Holidays approach and the weather gets chilly, there is nothing better than cooking dishes that simmer for a long time and fill the house with fragrant aromas. Join Lauren DeSantis, host of the television series Capital Cooking and a St. Louis native, as she cooks with wine at the famous Kitchen Conservatory.

During the two and a half hour event that starts at 6:30 pm on December 22nd , Lauren will be showing how to cook exquisite recipes that include: Mushroom Ragout on a Puff Pastry with Sautéed Spinach, Creamy Chicken Marsala, and Port Poached Pears topped with Zabaglione. Each dish has a unique flavor and aroma that works great for any occasion this season.

Don’t miss the opportunity of making these Holidays unforgettable and join Lauren DeSantis at the Kitchen Conservatory to learn some of her best recipes. To reserve a seat for this class log on to and register. The Kitchen Conservatory is the premier kitchen store in St. Louis located on 8021 Clayton Road, between Brentwood and Hanley on the north side of the street. It offers over 600 cooking classes every year with some of the best chefs in the area and fabulous culinary educators.

To learn about Lauren and her show, Capital Cooking, log on to for more information, or visit her Blog,, for daily updates. Capital Cooking is a TV series that highlights cooking traditions of regional cuisine from all areas of the country as well as international dishes.

Photo by Mike Thorpe



Catch the Asian Fusion episode today on Colours TV at 4 p.m. EST.

Potluck time!

Come join us for our Potluck Post-Holiday party. Special thanks to Union Row and co-hosts
Gradually Greener, ModernDomestic, The Arugula Files, Capital Spice, Capital Cooking, DininginDC, WeLoveDC, Beerspotter.

Please bring a dish and/or drink to share. Feel free to include your dish in the comments. We look forward to seeing you on January 6th. Mark your calendars.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Ingredients: Peppermint

The sight of candy canes reminds me that the holidays are near. Check out my Peppermint Patty Cocktail and Peppermint Bark! These recipes are perfect for your next holiday party. They are easy to make and fun to share with friends. Do you have a peppermint recipe to share?

Photo by Emily Clack (Recently taken during our photo shoot for the Capital Cooking Cookbook coming this Spring!)

Friday, December 4, 2009

More fun Food gifts: Pork Barrel BBQ

Support a local DC company and give the gift of BBQ!
Brett, Heath and I at the Metro Show
Pork Barrel has sauce now too!

Photos by Shauna Alexander

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fun Food and Wine Gifts: Soiree

We met George and the Soiree team at the Metro Show in November. The Soiree will be featured on some of the upcoming episodes of Capital Cooking. The Soiree makes a great gift for friends. The instant decanting brings aeration to the wine and enhances the smoothness. I like it best with red wine. Check it out!
Photos by Bryn Barber

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Come to Churchkey Tonight!

Fun at the Smorgie Launch Party at Reserve

Smorgie is not just some half-baked idea! Smorgie’s creators are passionate people who love to eat and kept talking about how hard it was keep track of every dining experience in every city you’ve visited.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Family Festival at NMAH

The Holiday Family Festival will be held on Dec. 5; 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. throughout the National Museum of American History located at 14th and Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Activities include:

  • Cookie Decorating

Saturday, Dec. 5; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Constitution Café, First Floor

Visitors can decorate cookies (available for purchase) outside the museum’s Constitution Café. Decorating materials will be provided.

· Book Signing: “Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes”

Saturday, Dec. 5; 1 – 3 p.m.

First Floor, Main Store

Food Network star and owner of Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes Duff Goldman will sign copies of his new book “Ace of Cake: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes.” The book discusses some of the bakery’s more unusual techniques and tools that shape their creations. He also offers a behind-the-scenes look at his Food Network show, shares customer stories and requests and reveals some of the bakery’s favorite cake facts and tips—along with a comprehensive episode guide and a cake montage featuring seven years’ worth of the bakery’s creations.

· Book Signing: “Holidays on Display”

Saturday, Dec. 5; 10 a.m. – noon

Second Floor, Mall Store

Author and curator Larry Bird will sign copies of “Holidays on Display,” a companion book to the new exhibition. “Holidays on Display” is a comprehensive overview of the art and industry of the holiday display.

Best Friends at the Bar

When I'm not cooking, I'm a lawyer. My friend Susan Blakely recently released her new book, Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know About a Career in the Law published by Wolters Kluwer/Aspen. Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law addresses the realities of law firm practice, especially in large firms, and gives pre-law students, law students, and new attorneys a realistic view of the opportunities and hazards most often encountered by women lawyers. Drawing on her many years of practicing law and mentoring young lawyers and with the help of other women in all areas of the legal profession, her "best friends at the bar," Susan Smith Blakely strives to help young women entering the legal profession begin their careers with open eyes and a more level playing field than women lawyers of past generations. You can purchase it here. You can also find Best Friends at the bar at:

Cuddle up with some holiday cookies and enjoy some insight for young lawyers and students interested in careers in the law. Congratulations Susan!