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Macarons in Target?

Yes, you’ve read that correctly.  Target (as in super duper big box store) has macarons!  They’re made under the Archer Farms label and were actually quite delicious!

There are two sizes available, a six pack and a twelve pack. Both contain six flavors: chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, coffee, raspberry, and lemon. The six pack includes one of each flavor while the twelve pack carries two.

I’m not sure you can get them at every location yet – they’re probably testing the product out at the moment. Check your local SuperTarget to see if they have them. They’ll be in the Bakery Department right by where you pick up your French bread loaves and cupcakes. Bon Appetit!

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From the Kitchen of: Chef Ghassan Jarrouj

Today’s Chef Feature comes from Agora’s Executive Chef, Ghassan Jarrouj.  Head over to this new hot spot for one of my favorites cuisines – Turkish food!  The inside of the restaurant is so cozy and welcoming, you’ll want to stay all night.  And with the tapas-style service, you just might!

What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
A good knife.

What is the most overrated food/technique in restaurants today?
Foam.

If you were to open a restaurant with a different type of cuisine than what you are cooking now, what would it be?
Gourmet Pizza.

What is your favorite local product or purveyor to work with?
Samuel and Sons Seafood.

What is your biggest customer pet peeve?
Guests making alterations to a dish that requires long preparation and the guest asks for an ingredient to be taken out. When it’s a key ingredient and changes the profile of the dish that makes for an unhappy Chef.

What do you drink/eat after work?
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Burgundies, Pinot Noir from Oregon with Goat Cheese, Manchego or triple epoix.

What is your favorite thing to cook at home?
Fresh seasonal and rustic cuisine just like Momma used to make.

Keep reading for Chef Ghassan’s recipe for Crispy Phyllo Roll with Goat Cheese, Savory Herbs and Crushed Peppers.

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In Print: Clips from Food Sections

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

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Dolcezza Opens in Dupont

Exciting news… Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato is opening yet another location!  The store’s opening in Dupont Circle next weekend makes three.

After my jaunt in Argentina, I’ve been on more of an ice cream/gelato/helado kick than ever before and usually the craving leads me to walk right on over to their Georgetown location to pick up one of my favorites (which includes passion fruit, lemon basil, or Thai coconut milk).  And now I’m so happy that my friends over in Dupont will have the same easy access to this delightful treat!

To celebrate their opening, Dolcezza is throwing a Grand Opening Party for the public on Sunday, April 25 from noon to 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary gelato, live bluegrass music by Olivia Mancini and complimentary smoked pork from Bev Eggleston with Eco-Friendly Foods.

Hope to see you there!

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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?”

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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.”

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5. – The Chicago Tribune Green Fish Catches On “Good Eating salutes those people in the Chicago-area food and beverage world who are making a difference through their passion, vision and commitment to quality. This year’s awards go to a range of experts, including entrepreneurs, auctioneers, consultants, cooks and cheese mongers. All have enhanced the Chicago scene with their accomplishments.”

4. – The Boston Globe Kicking the Obesity Epidemic “While Michelle Obama is campaigning against childhood obesity, there’s Charles Barkley on TV hawking Taco Bell’s NBA Five Buck Box. The extra-large former basketball All-Star raps about the box’s crunchy tacos and volcano burritos, but doesn’t mention the Jumbotron-size helping of fat and calories. At 1,380 calories, the box contains close to two-thirds of what a typical 12-year-old needs for an entire day. And that’s before adding 200 calories for the soft drink that comes with the meal.”

3. – The LA Times The Best Tastes of City Center in Las Vegas “How many high-end restaurants can Vegas support, particularly in this economy? Easily a dozen more just opened in the new $11-billion CityCenter complex on the Strip and a number of them definitely have enough wow factor to pull in the hungry tourists.”

2. – The NY Times Proof that Storing Knives Doesn’t have to be Dull “There are plenty of alternatives to traditional wooden knife blocks, which can take up too much room in small kitchens, he noted, and present health risks unless they have removable sleeves that can be washed. “If you put dirty knives in there and the interior has bacteria, it will attach to the knives,” Mr. Santos said. “The most common cause for mild stomach irritation usually comes from utensils that aren’t cleaned properly.”

1. – The Washington Post Dinner is Served, but we Can’t Tell You Where “It was an exclusive invitation to “an exclusive underground anti-restaurant,” the e-mail explained. “Because the DNA of the magical dinner is unmapped, these events will evolve, month to month, season to season, place to place & plate to plate.”

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THIS WEEKEND!

There’s just so much going on in food this weekend, I thought I’d sum it all up at once just for you 🙂

International Wine & Food Festival – Taste from over 100 domestic wines and 600 international wines.  Tickets to the Grand Tastings and all events are available online at www.dcwineandfood.com

Stir Crazy – Head to Sou’wester for a mixology class to ensure you are well prepared for the next snowstorm!  Class participants will learn how to make three easy cocktails with ingredients they might have on hand.  Priced at $25 per person (not including tax) the class will be offered from Saturday, February 13, Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day.

A Taste of the Winter Olympics – Beginning Friday, February 12, Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) and its eight restaurants will offer guests bites from around the world.  Collect stamps from all of the restaurants to win a $50 gift certificate! From housemade pretzels and Bavarian beer at Rustico to an all-American burger lineup and American brews, there’s something for everyone.

“Business at BOURBON STEAK over Burgers”
– includes a choice of six different, delicious kinds of burgers, an accompaniment, a non-alcoholic drink and a house made BOURBON STEAK brownie, all for $21 per person.  I think I’ve told you how amazing these burgers are before, but in case I haven’t – they’re AMAZING! For reservations or more information, please call 202.944.2026 or visit the website at www.fourseasons.com/washington

Baked and Wired – Stop by this Georgetown institution (they were here long before G-town Cupcake and are so much better) to pick up your Valentine’s Sweets including heart-shaped brownies, Pink Pink Rice Krispie Treats, raspberry-filled Lizner Heart Cookies, Kahlua Chocolate Heart Cookies filled with pink Kahlua buttercream and Grandma’s Homemade Cinnamon Rolls iced with pink buttercream – Love has never been so sweet!

J. Chocolatier – The Georgetown chocolate boutique uses Manjari chocolate from Valrhona when whipping up delectable truffles in flavors like peppermint mocha and honey hazelnut. Valentine’s Day specialties include pearl drop earrings and 8-piece truffle box ($45). Visit jchocolatier.com for more information.

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5. – The Chicago Tribune 2010 Good Eating Awards “Good Eating salutes those people in the Chicago-area food and beverage world who are making a difference through their passion, vision and commitment to quality. This year’s awards go to a range of experts, including entrepreneurs, auctioneers, consultants, cooks and cheese mongers. All have enhanced the Chicago scene with their accomplishments.”

4. – The Boston Globe Party of Two “We’re splurging on Valentine’s Day this weekend, buying luxurious ingredients, giving them our full attention, and eating well at our own table. Cooking at home is always less expensive than dining out – no waiters, no one to clean up for you. The sweetheart holiday falls on a Sunday this year, so make something early for the kids, usher them off to bed or a video, and settle in for a few quiet moments. This trio of menus gives you suppers for two with leftovers to turn into other meals.”

3. – The LA Times Artisan liquor makers navigate the market’s shifting tide “They were hardly prepared for many of the day-to-day challenges, such as navigating state liquor regulations, battling with large spirits companies for retail store shelf space, and persuading consumers to pay top dollar for a hand-crafted product. As Khosrovian and many of his juniper berry-obsessed colleagues have discovered, the daydreams of selling small-batch, hand-crafted spirits on the merits of taste alone are hardly reality in a business dominated by large corporate distillers with deep advertising pockets that offer similar, and often less expensive, products.”

2. – The NY Times A Viagra Alternative to Serve by Candlelight “Couples hoping to bring Valentine’s Day dinner to a satisfying conclusion may be tempted by the special menu offered by One if by Land, Two if by Sea in Manhattan and, in particular, the Black Forest dessert. It’s a chocolate pistachio brownie bar with chocolate meringue sticks, crème fraîche ice cream, cherry gel and sweet cherries. But beware! One study found that the scent of cherries significantly decreases sexual arousal in women.”

1. – The Washington Post It’s the Year of the Noodle “At China Boy, one of the handful of food shops in Washington’s now-sparse Chinatown, a couple of older Chinese men sit at tables, having an easy conversation in Cantonese. A woman brings them two orders of tripe soup with flat rice noodles, steam wafting from bowls. But there’s a lot more going on at this 27-year-old shop than mere lunch service. China Boy’s fluorescent lighting and Formica tables obscure its importance to the area’s Asian cuisine.”

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5. – The Chicago Tribune New Sous Vide Machine Put to a Test “You already roast a fine, juicy chicken, whip up creamy scrambled eggs and know how to braise succulent short ribs till they fall off the bone. Why, then, would you crowd your counters and empty your pockets to buy a $450 home sous vide machine?”

4. – The Boston Globe Super Bowl Party Food “Food editor Sheryl Julian recommends treats to keep your team pumped up during the big game.”

3. – The LA Times Who is to blame for obesity, and what should be done about it? “While experts argue over whether to blame individuals, society, fast food or families for the rapid rise in obesity rates, the perhaps more pressing question is what to do about it. The answers are pouring in — from radio talk shows, blogs, editorial pages — amping up the feelings of the already fed up.”

2. – The NY Times If Meals Won Medals “I was on the dock in late January, an advance man for the more than two million people organizers say will descend on Vancouver and its environs for the 2010 Winter Games, which run from Feb. 12 to 28. While in the city and its suburbs, I fed as if in danger of imminent execution. And I was able to confirm earlier reconnaissance: Vancouver is among the best eating towns in the history of the Winter Games.”

1. – The Washington Post Super Bowl Smackdown: Nachos “As far as we’re concerned, the most egregious fouls committed during Sunday’s Super Bowl will involve tortilla chips and melted cheese.”

photo from The NY Times

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