Jul 27

On episode 5 of this season’s Top Chef, contestant Chef Kenny Gilbert prepared a curried eggplant dish that won him first place in the challenge. The competition took place on a local farm in Virginia, and given that eggplant is in its peak season right now, he couldn’t have chosen a better ingredient to work [...]

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Jul 21

My bookcase is lined more with cookbooks than anything else, yet still I can’t resist adding another new release to its shelves if its topic is contemporary and inspired. But I do have my collection of quirky, old favorites that I come back to every year because they hold a recipe that is tried and [...]

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Jul 15

Arlington residents and commuters are known to line up expectantly around the Ballston metro every Thursday and Friday afternoon in search of authentic Neopolitan pizza. It is here that the Pupatella food cart would park two days a week and open up shop for half the day, turning out some of the best street side [...]

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Jul 13

Virginia has the fifth highest number of wine producers in the nation. It is a state with a growing reputation for exceptional wine, and home to the oldest native North American varietal, the Norton grape. Maybe because it is a state “for lovers” or just that its good vino flows so freely, but locals are [...]

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Jul 03

Two years ago this holiday weekend, the Washington Post chose me and two other local chefs to design, easy-to-make and good tasting homemade menus that could spruce up an intimate picnic.  In the article entitled “The Picnic Spread,” by Bonnie Benwick, I was given the challenge of doing the entire meal under $10 (a much [...]

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Jul 02

Local farmer’s markets transitioned from a scant selection of burgeoning spring produce to full blown summer harvest in a matter of one or two weeks. While the summer season typically just gets rolling with the start of June, this year vendors are pulling all the big guns out early leaving little to the shopper’s imagination. [...]

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