Jun 27

The cupcake craze in this area has reached a frenzied pace, with shops cropping up in metro DC at neck breaking speed. Local publications seem to have no trouble finding an audience for their continuous stream of articles on the “cupcake wars” since every time a new bakery opens, the list of favorites gets resorted. [...]

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Jun 24

Bangkok 54 off of Columbia Pike in Arlington has topped lists for the best Thai food in metro DC over the last several years. Touted among critics for its authenticity and contemporary decor, the restaurant has responded in turn with elevated prices for standbys such as Phad Thai and Chicken Satay. After several years in [...]

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Jun 22

On a trip to Sicily my parents took a cooking class with an old Italian grandmother who taught them the most surprisingly simple and delicious recipe for tomato sauce. In our family it is now used on everything from pasta to pizza, and always as a topping on breaded Italian cutlets. True to the Italian [...]

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Jun 18

My wife Molly gave birth to our first child this past week on Friday.  Both mother and baby Peter are happy and healthy, but of course tired.  As there are no recipes that I am aware of that can made with colostrum or breast milk, I decided to jump in with a guest post.  As [...]

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Jun 10

In the two week lead up to the start of Top Chef season 7 I can’t help but get excited for two reasons.  For starters, it is the first time the show was filmed in my hometown of Washington DC. But more importantly, one of the contestants and a strong candidate for the show’s top [...]

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Jun 06

In the first part of this series I focused on vinaigrettes, which are usually my go-to choice for dressing a salad. I can’t resist a properly made Caesar salad, though, and once I learned how to make an exceptional one from scratch it was hard to have it any other way. Creamy emulsifications have their [...]

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Jun 02

As area farmer’s markets open this month for business, seasonal produce is gradually unveiled, starting out sparse only to unfold into a bounty of lush produce later this summer. After an especially harsh winter, market shoppers turn out in droves to snatch up the first tender offerings from the spring garden, and local vendors do [...]

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