Monday, March 21, 2011

Time for a Lunch Break with Capital Cooking

It’s time to break for lunch as Lauren DeSantis, host of Capital Cooking, shows viewers how to make a fulfilling and satisfying meal that goes beyond the typical lunch fare. Special guest Anita Estell, a local D.C. lobbyist, assists Lauren in the kitchen and shares stories of life in the city on the latest episode of Capital Cooking.

Seasonal mixed greens with cranberries, apples, caramelized walnuts and a fig balsamic vinaigrette begins the menu. A fresh and healthy dish sets the perfect tone for any meal, especially the infamous power lunches D.C. is known for. Anita and Lauren jump right in to creating a pan-seared tilapia with lemon-vanilla beurre blanc sauce. Although a beurre blanc sauce sounds difficult to make, Lauren shows viewers just how simple it really is. Combined with lightly seared filet of tilapia, this dish promises to satisfy any guest.

To end the meal, Anita and Lauren create a delicious pumpkin crème brulee, a great seasonal dish to compliment the mixed greens. This dessert is not reserved only for upscale restaurants as Lauren demonstrates how easy it is to make this sweet dish without any extra tools. Simply create the pumpkin custard and place in the oven. In no time at all, guests will be enjoying a fantastic homemade treat.

Be sure to watch this episode of Capital Cooking and impress your lunch guests with your renowned culinary skills. Watch Capital Cooking on the Dish Network channels 9396 and 9407.  It will air EST:
Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday at 9:00 p.m. and midnight
Friday at 3 a.m.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Capital Cooking is the first television show of its kind and now airs in more than 20 million households on Dish Network through CoLours TV. Capital Cooking highlights cooking traditions of regional cuisine from all areas of the country as well as international dishes. Throughout the series, DeSantis will incorporate entertaining tips into the shows, will cook with local chefs, and will demonstrate how to make recipes with ingredients that viewers can find at local grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Visit for more information on upcoming events and for daily updates.

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