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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May 24

Many of the areas farmer’s markets have opened for business this month, and while the first few days were spotty with produce as they ramp up for the season, stands have begun to flesh out with the finest from the Spring garden. I can’t seem to get enough of strawberries these days. Finally getting to [...]

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Apr 16

Built in 1778 , The Greenbrier is a resort steeped in history. Nestled in the mountains of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia is has long been a retreat for U.S. presidents and politicians who prefer its seclusion to closer options in neighboring Washington DC  Its imposing 721 room property, reminiscent of The White House in architecture [...]

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Apr 07

I like to think of this dessert as a Persian sundae because of the combination of yogurt, citrus and rosewater. The only thing missing is a sprinkling of crushed, toasted pistachios, although in many ways I prefer the simplicity of the fresh strawberries and tangy yogurt all by themselves. Strawberries and cream are such a [...]

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Feb 12

I have a hard time embracing the moment. Throughout my career I’ve had periods of six day work weeks, arduous hours standing on my feet painstakingly preparing food for other people to enjoy, and countless nights collapsing into bed immediately upon getting home. I would awake to my alarm for the next go round, my [...]

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Feb 04

My collection of cookbooks has become so pervasive that I can no longer contain them all in the kitchen and still have room for the pots and pans.  I have resorted to shelving most of the books upstairs in our library, and keeping only a few on hand in the kitchen. There is enough space [...]

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Jan 12

Investing in a personal ice cream machine may seem like a frivolous expense, but when you compare the cost and quality of making your own against what’s available from the store, it’s worth another thought. That is, if you’re serious about good ice cream. I’m guessing that most people who attempt to make the homemade [...]

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Dec 08

Don’t let your eyes deceive you. It is perfectly safe to keep a batch of these cookies close by over the holidays.  If you are like me, and have to be vigilant about how many desserts you have around the house (lest you devour every last morsel in one compulsive sitting) then rest assured that [...]

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Nov 23

The Dupont Farmer’s Market was abuzz the Sunday before Thanksgiving with shoppers gathering ingredients for this week’s big feast. Despite the advent of winter, stands overflowed with lush vegetables. Hearty winter greens, an array of cooking pumpkins, mounds of crisp apples, rainbow colored turnips, and finger-sized baby sweet potatoes were some of the standouts. As [...]

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