Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving Pairing: Maple Bacon Roasted Turkey and Chardonnay


Spoil yourself on Thanksgiving with turkey wrapped in bacon and Gary Farrell Chardonnay. I tested out the menu recently and this turkey is the best I've ever had. Try the recipe on Thanksgiving and you'll be in heaven!  I am blessed an thankful to have such wonderful friends and family. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Perfect Pair: Potato Gratin and Chardonnay


Love these potatoes! I know a lot of people like mashed for Thanksgiving, but these are better.  This recipe was featured in the
 Capital Cooking Cookbook.  

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Recipe: Lauren's Winning Chicken Potpie


Almost 15 years ago, we filmed Capital Cooking's Food Bloggers Challenge Parts 1 and  2.   The judges picked my version of chicken pot pie as the challenge winner.  This is the perfect time of year to bake some at home.  You can also find it in the Capital Cooking Cookbook along with many other comforting recipes.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Recipe: Francesca's Famous Granola


My little girl loves to cook and bake with me.  We created this recipe together and have made three batches.  It is delicious!  We even got some cute jars to share with friends.  We like to use it on top of our Greek yogurt in the morning with fruit.  Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Thinking of Drinking: Spiked Cider

Photo by Bryn Wallace
Grab yourself a gallon of cider and spike it with some brandy or rum.  Warm and comforting...another perfect drink for a Halloween party.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Fall Flavors Recipe: Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Photo by Emily Clack
It is sad for me to admit, but summer is over: (I love the fall, but I just wasn't ready yet.  I'm hoping that this soup will help pave the way.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Have you been to Hi-Lawn?

This place looks so fun!  Hi-Lawn has just introduced several exciting post-pandemic offerings, making it DC’s ultimate warm-weather destination this season. The scenic astroturf-covered green space is now open seven days a week, with live music, giant lawn games, weekly themed nights, and new summer food and drink menus.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Thinking of Drinking: Orange Crush

Boy, I'm craving one of these!  Feel like you're relaxing on the water near the Eastern Shore, VA by mixing up one of Mallards at the Wharf's refreshing Orange Crush cocktails.  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Recipe: Summer Squash Gratin

There's nothing better than fresh produce. I love this during the summer months.  I am so glad to be vaccinated and seeing friends again.  This recipe is a great addition to grilled meats.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Recipe: Strawberry Tiramisù


Who wouldn’t love to sit in the sun at an outdoor café in Italy sipping a chilled glass of wine and eating a favorite Italian meal? Coleen Kirnan, the owner, and host of Tuscan Women Cook, the unique and popular culinary vacation located in the heart of Tuscany, bring the cuisine and culture of Italy to home kitchens with her new cookbook, Tuscan Women Cook: Nonnas ▪ Memories ▪ Recipes. Each recipe will transport you to the sun-dappled Tuscan fields where farm-to-table cuisine is commonplace. Check out this recipe below for a new take on Tiramisu.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Thinking of Drinking: Limoncello Sparklers

Make this Easter really special with these Limoncello Sparklers.  These cocktails are perfect for any spring party.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Perfect Pair: Garlic and Herb Lamb Loin Chops

My mom came to visit me during Easter  in DC and I made a delicious feast. Celebrate spring with Garlic and Herb Lamb Loin.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Thinking of Drinking: Carrot Cake Shooter

Photo by Jessica Patterson
This Easter, add a little alcohol to your dessert.  I'm always a fan of festive cocktails and Easter is no exception.  I'll be making my Aunt Linda's Award Winning Carrot Cake, but I thought I'd have a little fun and make these shooters as well.  It will be the perfect welcome treat as my guests arrive.  Bottoms up! 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Recipe: Cheeseburger Soup


Cheeseburger soup?  What?  Sounds strange.  I thought so too, but I made Food and Wine Magazine's version last night and it was pretty tasty.  The pickles really make the dish.  Give it a try yourself.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Perfect Pair: Shepherd's Pie

Photo by Emily Clack
Tuesdays are all about pairing food and wine. Here are some winter suggestions to get you going. Check out my recommendations below. Have fun mixing and matching.