by Sarah |
February 26, 2013 · 12:32 pm
I wish I could say I just got back from a great weekend in Austin, but that wouldn’t be the truth! It’s actually been months since I visited the great state of Texas where yes, everything is just bigger. It was a quick weekend visit to see the hubby who was working out there for a while and then due to the hurricane in DC, I had to catch an even earlier flight home before the storm. Below are some of my favorite examples of the clearly defined branding that flocked building all around the city.
AND it wouldn’t be a trip to Austin without some serious tacos (including a visit to the trailer park for queso), new (to me) cowboy boots and a visit to the underside of the bridge that fills with bats… only during the day!
by Sarah |
August 6, 2012 · 5:24 pm
Kate and I had a blast putting together all of the cute little touches for our sister’s baby shower a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t wait to share the final pics with you. We went a little overboard with the theme, but our sister was so surprised and thrilled with all of the fussing! My favorite part was the two color letterpress in coral and pool invitation that Haute Papier (warning – shameless self-promotion) created just for her, though I think the mom-to-be’s were all of the clear balloon that looked like bubbles, including the giant ones that were three feet wide! Now, we just need to be patient for another few days until this baby gets here! Congrats to Ash & Darryl on the little miss!
Filed under entertaining, Food, kids, Outside DC
Tagged as agua, aqua, baby, coral, custom, dc, invitation, letterpress, personalized, pool, shower, theme, under the sea, washington
by Sarah |
March 21, 2011 · 11:39 am
I surprised my husband with a trip to New Orleans the first weekend in February, which happened to be the start of the Mardi Gras celebration in the Crescent City! From fried oysters with brie at Clancy’s to Muffulettas at Cochon Butcher to a new retail vendor for Haute Papier in The Stationer New Orleans to macarons and king’s cake at Sucre to the irresistible beignets at Cafe du Monde, it was a wonderful glutenous and relaxing trip!
Filed under baking, Food, Outside DC, Restaurants, travel
Tagged as cafe du monde, clancy's, Food, new orleans, restaurant, sucre, travel, trip
by Sarah |
March 8, 2011 · 1:19 pm
I’ve been saving this one for ya… After a trip to New Orleans at the beginning of February, I knew I had to wait until today – Fat Tuesday – to share this recipe inspired by the deliciousness beyond coasted in powdered sugar from Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans’s legendary bakery. Bon Appetit!
Cafe Du Monde Inspired Beignets
makes about six dozen
1 envelope active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115F)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
6-7 cups bread flour
vegetable oil for frying
sifted powdered sugar Continue reading →
Filed under baking, breakfast, dessert, Food, Outside DC, Recipes, travel
Tagged as ash wednesday, baking, beignet, cafe du monde, donut, doughnut, Food, mardi gras, new orleans, pastry, recipe, travel
by Sarah |
October 28, 2010 · 8:37 am
The weekend before last, we headed north to my home 30 minutes South of Buffalo for the First Annual Meyer Harvest Patch Bash! And after a quick, but fun-filled couple of short days there, we headed back to DC with a car overloaded with produce from the farm… my favorite at the moment, the delicious and beautiful (they’re currently in a huge silver bowl on my coffee table) turnips that my darling husband dug up for me! Stay tuned tomorrow for a recipe for the hit of the weekend… Caramel Apple Bourbon Butter!!!
Filed under dessert, Events, Food, Outside DC
Tagged as apple, buffalo, fall, fest, meyer harvest patch bash, new york, pumpkin, sheldon, squash
by Sarah |
August 24, 2010 · 9:16 am
Today’s Chef Feature comes from Rangoli’s Executive Chef and Owner, Kumar Iyer. I recently visited this hidden gem in South Riding and had the best Indian meal I’ve ever eaten. The Bombay Burger is straight from the streets of Bombay – it’s a delicious potato/garlic/cilantro patty lightly fried with a gentle crunchy crust served on a slightly sweet, but super light roll. And don’t miss the Gulab Jamun – the hot/cold Indian classic of warm milk-based dough balls in a honey syrup with ice cream – it’s unbelievable!
What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
Favorite tool would be the knife, as we use them the most, our restaurant is not very advanced to use modern gadgets. But I’ll say the ‘Wet Grinder’. Wet grinder because it’s unique to Indian kitchens; we use them to grind pre-soaked rice and lentils to make crepes (dosa) and steamed savory cakes (Idly).
What is the most overrated food/technique in restaurants today?
Small plates and foam dishes.
If you were to open a restaurant with a different type of cuisine than what you are cooking now, what would it be?
Deli sandwich/subs, soups and frozen yogurt.
What is your favorite local product or purveyor to work with?
Fruits like watermelon, mango and strawberries when in season. I like ‘restaurant depot’ a lot more for prices than the product; the reality is – staying in business is as important as dishing quality food.
What is your biggest customer pet peeve?
Service level expectations, especially Asian customers. I’ve had a guest tell me just yesterday, I didn’t spend as much time on his table as I spent with few others.
What do you drink/eat after work?
A chilled beer and home cooked food.
What is your favorite thing to cook at home?
Dal Tadka and Roti.
Filed under Ethnic Food, Food, Interview, Outside DC, Restaurants
Tagged as bombay, burger, Food, gulab jamun, indian, kumar iyer, rangoli, restaurant, south riding, virginia
by Sarah |
July 22, 2010 · 1:12 pm
5. – The Chicago Tribune All About Ribs “In barbecue season, the butcher’s case is bulging with pork ribs. Baby back ribs, spareribs, country ribs, rib tips, St. Louis cut ribs, riblets, rib chops, rib roasts, baby spareribs, button ribs, Danish ribs and loin ribs (across the street, there are McRibs). The prices range from $2 to $8 a pound. Here’s what you need to know about the most popular cuts before you fire up the grill.”
4. – The Boston Globe Pickle Craft “I’m still obsessed with pickles. I am not alone. There is a pickle of the month club. A Facebook page for pickles has 6,110 fans (some of whom make comments not suitable for work). If you Google “obsessed with pickles,’’ a) you are obsessed with pickles yourself, and b) you will find you are in good company. Not that you need Google to tell you this if you’ve eaten in a restaurant in the past few years.”
3. – The LA Times Fruit Pies Perfected “It came still warm, its sugar-dusted crust glittering in the sunlight through the front window, the light, flaky exterior quietly shattering under the fork with each bite. Underneath, the rich berry filling oozed slightly — the thick, sweet glaze cradling tender, slightly tart berries that seemed to pop with every mouthful. It was magical.”
2. – The NY Times Gelatin Makes Wine Go Wobbly “Nature makes some good products, but when you are 10, what the food companies do is awesome. Nothing in the plant or animal kingdoms can rival the wonder of Tang, the astronaut’s orange juice. It has little in common with fruit juice. If it tasted more natural, there would be no point in pouring it into the palm of your hand and licking it. The rush of sugar and citric acid was intense enough to blot out all other sensations for a moment, and for that trip to sensory bliss I would now like to thank my mother, the space program and the entire era of American food history from the 1950s through the 1970s.”
1. – The Washington Post A Sundown Supper on the Grill “I knew the heat had gotten to me when the mere sight of my partner putting the kettle on for Saturday morning coffee sent me into hyperspace. Apparently he hadn’t received the No Stove, No Oven, No Way! memo.”
Photo from The Chicago Tribune
Filed under baking, dessert, Food, Healthy, News, Outside DC
Tagged as baking, cooking, Food, fruit, grill, How To, jello, News, pickle, pie, ribs
by Sarah |
April 29, 2010 · 8:43 am
5. – The Chicago Tribune Taste Test: 6 Vanilla Frostings “There are more varieties of canned vanilla frosting than there are ingredients in a basic recipe. At one supermarket, we found six versions of a basic “vanilla frosting” — plus a trio that didn’t fit in our tasting parameters: a squirt can, a no-sugar and a fluffy “white.” Ingredients and calories in those we tasted vary only slightly (a serving equals 2 tablespoons in most cases). The first ingredient listed was sugar.”
4. – The Boston Globe Doing his best in Paris “After 12 years making pastries at the celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., David Lebovitz moved to Paris, where he blogs on http://www.davidlebovitz.com and writes cookbooks. The latest is “Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes,’’ which includes an exceptionally creamy rice pudding, delectable chocolate chip cookies, nonfat gingersnaps, and Robert’s Absolute Best Brownies, a recipe from the late Boston-born Robert Steinberg, co-founder of Scharffen Berger chocolates.”
3. – The LA Times For small farmers, thinking outside the markets “People can talk all they want about the important restaurants and the famous chefs that have gotten so much attention over the last 30 years, but for me the biggest change in that time has been the introduction of farmers markets.”
2. – The NY Times In New Orleans, the Taste of a Comeback “There was plenty to sample — there are roughly 1,000 restaurants in New Orleans now, up a cool couple of hundred from before the storm, according to The New Orleans Menu, a Web site dedicated to the subject that is run by Tom Fitzmorris.”
1. – The Washington Post The Joys of Not Cooking “The main claim by proponents of raw foodism makes sense: When food is not exposed to processing, more of its original nutrients are preserved. Every time we cook meat, fish or plants, their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants important to our health are destroyed or devalued. More controversially, it is said that the same applies to enzymes that might help aid our digestion. (Critics say that those enzymes are destroyed long before they reach our intestines.)”
Photo from The Washington Post
Filed under Food, News, Outside DC, Restaurants
Tagged as david lebovitz, Food, frosting, new orleans, paris, raw food, restaurant, vanilla
by Sarah |
April 14, 2010 · 8:34 am
5. – The Chicago Tribune Dynamic Duo with Shared History “Actually, salt and black pepper have ancient histories. Salt, of course, is necessary for life, in addition to all of its other properties, such as preserving food and enhancing flavor. It was so valuable that Roman soldiers were paid in salt, giving us the term “salary.”
4. – The Boston Globe Chef Aims to give runners a leg up “On April 17 and 18, 606 Congress will offer a Carbo-Load Pasta Dinner for $32, which features hummus; Caesar salad; lentil soup with fennel and chard; whole-wheat spaghetti with broccoli rabe and turkey sausage; pasta with grilled chicken; pasta with shrimp; a runner’s shake with yogurt, banana, cocoa, and peanut butter; and oatmeal raisin cookies.”
3. – The LA Times The Artisan: Local noodle maker on the cutting edge of technology “The owner of Nanka Seiman, a manufacturer of mostly Japanese noodle products in Vernon, says his family has kept the business going with the latest technology for decades out of loyalty to each other.”
2. – The NY Times Can the Jewish Deli be reformed? “At Saul’s Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley, Calif., the eggs are organic and cage free, and the ground beef in the stuffed cabbage is grass fed. Its owners, Karen Adelman and Peter Levitt, yanked salami from the menu in November, saying that they could no longer in good conscience serve commercial kosher salami.”
1. – The Washington Post A Man and His Fire “What do you call a guy who smokes meat, brews beer, grows fruit and vegetables, keeps honeybees, cultivates mushrooms, bakes bread, makes cheese, cures bacon, grinds sausage, pickles cornichons, bottles his own signature hot sauces and walnut liqueur, cooks dinner every night and puts together one heck of a spiced pear galette?”
Photo from The NY Times
by Sarah |
April 7, 2010 · 8:19 am
5. – The Chicago Tribune Smoke Signals “Stove-top smoking is certainly not a new concept: Scatter some wood chips in a roasting pan, and put the meat on a rack to sit above it. Loosely cover the pan and heat. Watch for the chips to start smoking, and cover tight; then smoke to desired doneness. Voila.”
4. – The Boston Globe Food allergic in college, and coping “Many high school seniors are making their college decisions right about now. It’s even more complicated for students with food allergies and other dietary needs. College is often the first time many have lived away from home and they’re about to be completely responsible for choosing their meals. Now many institutions, including Holy Cross, Boston College, and Tufts, are adapting to the growing need for specially prepared meals and greater vigilance in the kitchen to keep foods safe from cross-contamination.”
3. – The LA Times A Spring Fling with Dumplings “Found the world over, dumplings come in all shapes and sizes, prepared and cooked in countless ways. While many dumplings are light and tender, others — whether by mistake or design — are not. But whatever the style, at their core, dumplings are a comfort food. They’re typically rustic and inexpensive to make and, for many, the handmade creations hark back to childhood and a grounding sense of home.”
2. – The NY Times Is Induction Cooking Ready to go Mainstream? “Induction cooking has been around for decades, but only recently has demand driven prices down and selection up. In the last two years, Viking, GE, Samsung and Kenmore have begun selling induction ranges. With its energy efficiency, kitchen geek appeal and growing reputation for power and precision, induction cooking may be the iPad of the kitchen. Like Apple’s latest invention, induction technology could forever change everyday tasks, or it might never deliver on its promise.”
1. – The Washington Post Mid-size dairies win consumers with less-processed milk “To say that Taylor, the founder of Snowville Creamery, is excited about dairy products is an understatement: “If you cut me, I bleed white,” he likes to say. Taylor wants to elicit that same level of enthusiasm from everyone. It’s why his milk comes only from grass-fed cows, which he believes creates a more vibrant flavor. It’s why the milk is pasteurized for just 17 seconds at 165 degrees, as low as the law allows, to preserve that taste.”
Photo from The Chicago Tribune
Filed under Food, News, Outside DC
Tagged as boston, chicago, cooking, dc, dumplings, Food, induction cooking, la, milk, News, NYC