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Cornbread-Adorned Chicken Chili

I am a huge fan of chili – chicken, ground turkey, white bean, veggie – you name it- I love it. I usually cook a large batch, then save the leftovers in the fridge (a few days in the fridge lets the flavors blend even more!) That being said, this is by far my favorite and most popular chicken chili recipe, yet. Leftovers were not an option, as the whole pot was finished within the hour!

Ingredients:

For the cornbread: I sometimes cheat.

1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg
1/3 c milk
I have yet to have conjured a better cornbread.

For the Chili:

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Tip of the Day: Easiest way to blanch your veggies!

In case you’re out of the loop, blanching vegetables leaves them crisp and flavorful, but most importantly it’s also the best ways to assure you aren’t losing any healthy nutrients while cooking!

Here’s a quicker and easier way to blanch all types of vegetables.

1) Boil, as usual.

2) Prepare large ice bath.

3) Strain vegetables using strainer.

4) Drop strainer directly in bath and leave for one minute.

5) Lift, season, and enjoy!

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Zinfandel Tasting

A two-day celebration of Zinfandel is coming to DC this week!

On May 21, the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers will be holding an all-Zinfandel evening of tasting of nearly 70 wines from California’s many growing regions produced in association with The Washington Wine Academy. The VIP Winemaker Reception (6-7:00 p.m.) will be followed by The Zin-tastic Winemaker Reception (7-9:00 p.m.) at Sam & Harry’s (1200 19th St. NW, 20036). Tickets from $85 to $125 here.

The following evening the Zinfandel Grand Tasting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Westin Grand (2350 M St. NW, 20037). Tickets are $46.50 and can be purchased online.

The events offer the opportunity to meet face to face with winemakers and winery owners from 28 ZAP member wineries, and to find out just where Zinfandel grows best, the characteristics of Zinfandel grown in the different areas, and how to match Zinfandel with food and much more!

Visit ZAP’s website at http://www.zinfandel.org for more information about ZAP events.

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All About: Meyer Lemons

Meyer lemons are a sweeter, slightly orange variety of lemon that can be used in all of the ways you would use a lemon, but are especially wonderful for desserts and lemonades. In honor of the upcoming summer months, here are five fast facts about the bright and sunny citrus fruit:

1) The Meyer lemon was discovered by and named for Frank Meyer in 1908.

2) Meyer Lemons originated in China, as did most citrus.

3) This slightly rounded and sweeter variety of the tart fruit is actually believed to be a hybrid of a lemon and an orange or mandarin.

4) Meyer Lemon trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow (if you are willing to bring it in during the winter), and flower frequently throughout the year, making them a lovely house plant in winter and a great way to experiment with growing your own food!

5) In the U.S. these orchards are mainly located in California, though they are also popular in Texas, where they have been renamed “Valley Lemons”

For a great article with recipes and ideas for using this succulent fruit visit L.A. Times article: 100 things to do with a Meyer Lemon

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Free Cone Day!!!

This is a Public Service Announcement:

Today is Ben and Jerry’s legendary “Free Cone Day,” which means just that. There are 5 locations participating in the event in DC, including Georgetown.

If you are willing to stand in line, you can go back as many times as your stomach can handle!

Check out other locations here.

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Twilight Polo in Virginia

Great Meadow, host of the Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase races is celebrating 100 years of polo in Virgina with Twilight Polo every Saturday night from May 31 until the 13th of September!

The Polo Club had over 75 playing members last year, and is one of the largest in the region. The festivities of the Saturday evening at Great Meadow are not limited to two great polo matches, attendees often have tailgates and picnics and stay after the games to enjoy moonlight dancing to the music of a DJ.

“The great thing about stadium polo is that it is an intimate and relaxed setting, and it allows us to play at night under the lights,” said Dr. Phillip Karber, president of Great Meadow Polo. “It is a unique event in that families can bring their kids, who can roam the grounds, enjoy the halftime entertainment, meet our popular ‘Polo Bear’ mascot, while at the same time the adults can enjoy summer tailgating in a beautiful setting with some exciting polo play to watch.”

The only Saturday night during this stretch that you can’t catch twilight polo is August 9, when Green Meadow will host a night of bull riding by Twisted K Productions.

Interesting tidbit: Polo, which is often associated with preppy wear and the Brits, was actually invented over 2,000 years in Persia, making it the oldest historically recorded sport!

Tickets for Twilight Polo are $20 per car or $10 a person. They also offer a limited number of seasonal tailgating rail spots and boxes available by request. Gates open at 6:30pm and the first match starts at 7pm.

For more information about Twilight Polo log onto Great Meadow here.

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In the Mix: Proof hosts a World Cocktail Week Event!

If you need an excuse to have a cocktail…

World Cocktail Week, an annual event to celebrate the anniversary of the first known instance where “cocktail” was defined in print, which took place on May 13, 1806, in the New York newspaper “The Balance,” is celebrated internationally from May 8-13, 2008.

DC’s own Proof will be sponsoring The Museum of the American Cocktail by becoming DC’s first participant in World Cocktail Week! The restaurant will host a cocktail party and dinner on Monday, May 12th, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will feature some of DC’s premier mixologists, including: Adam Bernbach of Bar Pilar, Derek Brown of Komi, Tom Brown of Cork, Gina Chersevani of EatBar, Justin Guthrie of Central, John Hogan of Hudson, Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve, Chantal Tseng of Tabard Inn, Rico Wisnor of Poste, and Sebastian Zutant of Proof, who will work together to create spectacular drinks for the evening.

Tickets are priced at $135 per person. Executive Chef Haidar Karoum will prepare a five-course tasting menu that will be paired with five additional specialty cocktails. Tickets for are very limited, and may be purchased at Proof or by calling the restaurant at (202) 737-7663.

At the very least, get some friends together, get out a shaker and mix up a martini for your own cocktail soiree!

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