Summer Salmon with Peach-Strawberry Salsa

Seasonal. Summer. Succulence.

This recipe is out of control seasonal with all of the happy summery things that are ripening up this month.  For me, this bright, refreshing dish was sourced almost completely locally from my home garden and my CSA share with Three Part Harmony Farm, which is only three miles from my house.  I utilized the juicy, sweet, fruits in a savory component as a salsa -- adding spicy jalapeño, zesty summer basil, crisp white corn, and tangy red wine vinegar.  All of these summer fruits and vegetables work extremely well together, as do most things that grow together during a season.  I topped some buttery salmon with the sweet and spicy salsa, but it's also great with chips, on a grilled cheese, or even as a taco condiment! The best part about this dish is that you only have to turn on your oven for 15 minutes and no other heat is needed, so you can stay cool in this insanely hot DC heat wave!  Let me know how you like the salsa best using #hangrydistrict!

Dejan Zivanovic: Founder of Yufka BakerY Brings Delicate Serbian Pastry to DC

I caught up with Dejan Zivanovic, founder of DC's Yufka BakerY, and had him show me how he makes these flaky creations, while learning the story behind his craft.  Check out my interview and video with him below!

Hangry Michelle on The Mustache Mesa Podcast

Hey friends! Want to hear me talk about food over the airwaves? Check out my interview on a brand new podcast, The Mustache Mesa!  You'll hear me talk about my favorite meals of all time, cooking tips for any level of home cook or chef, the story behind Hangry District, and so much more!

SoHo DC Review

Southern Hospitality, lovingly referred to as SoHo by its regulars, is a staple in the District's Adams Morgan neighborhood. Since opening in 2011, college grads and night life lovers have been calling this hot spot their favorite watering hole.  Bartenders sling drinks at a rapid pace, always with a smile, and TVs line the bar for optimal viewing of our DC teams.  It's always packed, and NOT just because of the great drink specials. 

This "bar" is a restaurant, too, you guys!  With a sprawling patio and upstairs dining room, it's not only a great place to take shots with your besties, but also a great place to grab a bite to eat at a reasonable price, or host an event.  Yes, they are known for their brunch, but I'm telling you, you should stop by for apps during dinner service, too! 

Maple, Mustard, Bourbon Pork Chops with Micro-Steamed Green Beans

Date Night!

Each Wednesday, hangry bf and I choose recipes from some of my many cookbooks to make for date night! It not only makes my insane collection of cookbooks seem reasonable, but it's also really fun to cook together once in a while.  He does much better with a written recipe than my MacGuyver style cooking off the cuff. Last week we chose The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt and picked recipes that could utilize our pork chops from Liberty Delight Farms and a whole mess of green beans.  The result?  Succulent maple, mustard, Bourbon pork chops with crisp beans tossed with olives and almonds.  Try it for yourself with the recipe below!

New Meal Delivery Service, Vegetable + Butcher, takes over DC!

Enjoy Your Weekend, Leave the Meal Prep to V+B

Vegetable and Butcher is a subscription-based meal service that caters to the health-conscious (or simply the busy folk of DC). They’re based locally in DC and cook all of their food out of Union Kitchen in Ivy City.

Belgian Endive & Spinach Salad with Beets, Apples & Walnut Oil Dressing

Fancy Leaves

Making creative salads is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen.  The combinations are endless, and I typically feel really good about my decision to make and/or eat a salad.  That said, making salads can be one of the most time consuming dishes to make in the kitchen.  Each element of the salad usually requires some sort of preparation, whether it's roasting, chopping, mixing, seasoning, etc.  But the pay off sure is worth it.  One of my new favorite salad ingredients is roasted beets that have been slightly pickled.  I love the combination of beets and apples, so I created this show stopping salad and have been serving it at parties and catering events ever since.  It's got all the things a salad needs:  acid, fat, crunch, sweetness, leaves and salt.  I got the winning "Yum" of approval from none other than my mom, a cook's toughest critic, so you should feel confident in this salad choice!

Shane Hughes: The Cow Whisperer

Shane Hughes, founder and owner of Liberty Delight Farms, traded his Wall Street briefcase for a tractor in Maryland and hasn't looked back since. I caught up with him to discuss his passion for sustainable farming and why it's important to know where your food comes from.

Top Ramen Spots in DC!

GET YOUR SLURP ON

Ramen is not just a trend, it's a movement.  The Japenese comfort classic is taking the U.S. by storm with new and interesting takes on the traditional noodle bowl.  With the help of photographer Andrew Sherman, I'll walk you through the BEST places to get ramen in DC. Not only will I tell you where to go, I'll tell you what to order! Trust me on this - we spent days trying ramen and I wouldn't steer you wrong. No matter where you choose to go, slurp with confidence and feel all of your troubles melt away through the power of ramen.

Meatless Monday: Spring Quinoa Bowl

Veg Out

Spring has sprung in DC!  I think? Hopefully we're finally in the clear from random snow storms, freezing weather and the fear of our gardens dying overnight. So, in honor of my favorite season, I whipped up this quick and easy meatless quinoa bowl utilizing farm fresh eggs from Liberty Delight Farms, herbs from Three Part Harmony Farm, and micro greens from Little Wild Things City Farm.  Enjoy!

Kyirisan

Chinese/French Soul Mates

Kyirisan is Chef Tim Ma's first DC restaurant, and I'm so thankful it has arrived!  The modern restaurant, both in decor and cuisine, is inviting and exciting with a small, well-crafted menu designed to please the masses.  The fusion of Chinese and French cuisine is exotic and unique, and is something I'm hoping to see more of if it's executed this masterfully.

As I walk in, the enthusiastic and welcoming hostess greets me and I meet my friend at the bar.  The bartender wastes no time in helping me select a beverage and surprises us both with a shot of habañero vodka.  It is terrifyingly hot, but you should try it just to prove you're not a pussy (hey peer pressure!). Keep reading to find out how I spent my evening.

Francesco Amodeo: That's Amaro

Francesco Amodeo, founder of Don Ciccio & Figi, is an Amalfi Coast alchemist bringing century old family liqueur recipes from Italy to DC - and everywhere in between.  I caught up with him and his booming business to feature as our April Hangry Hero!

DC Cherry Blossom PUB

Calling All Cherry Blossom Fanatics!

Here’s everything you need to know about the outrageously popular Cherry Blossom Pub in Shaw, which is open through mid-April.

The Pop Up is back!  If you missed out on Miracle on 7th Street’s Christmas Bar, check out the Cherry Blossom Pub by Derek Brown. This time the bartender sorcerer is honoring DC’s Cherry Blossom obsession by filling Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency with cherry blossom/Japanese-themed décor and drinks (aka MARIO!).

Umaya - Izakaya

Japanese If You Please

City Center DC's newest eatery, Umaya, is a Japanese-style Izakaya serving classic cuisine that left a smile on my face from start to finish.  Ramen may be a growing trend in the city, but where can you get authentic robatayaki? Umaya is the place.  Chef Nick Hoang dazzles the palate with exquisitely prepared dishes such as traditional yakitori and ramen, and displays his creativity and skill with daily specials. It is rare that I love every single dish at a restaurant, but I could not get enough at Umaya - I highly recommend you check this place out before it's impossible to get a spot at the robatayaki!

Hen Quarter Opens in Silver Spring

Get your Southern Fix in the DMV!

Hen Quarter opened its second location in the DMV last week in Silver Spring, MD, owing to the success of their flagship restaurant in Alexandria, VA.  The Southern-style restaurant features all things comfort food, boasting a family focused atmosphere and supporting sustainable agriculture in the region. I had the opportunity to check out the new brick and mortar for the grand opening and will share my thoughts below on how to approach the down home eatery.

Easy AF Vegetable Frittata

Be the Brunch Hero

One of my favorite breakfast/brunch staples is the frittata – a fluffy egg pie that can be stuffed with any ingredient combination you can dream up.  Forget making omelettes to order or poaching eggs for a crowd, just pop this baby in the oven and get your mimosa on with your friends! Frittatas are delicious, impressive, and surprisingly easy AF to whip up.  Here’s my recipe for a loaded veggie frittata so decadent you’ll never miss the meat.  Don’t be intimidated – it will be egg-cellent (groan).

Fat Tuesday Indulgence: Linzer Cookies

Spread on the Love

Have you ever had a linzer cookie?  They are delicate and flaky with lots of butter, a hint of lemon, and the crunch of ground almonds. What's even more EXTRA is that they are a sandwich cookie! Traditionally stuffed with jam, I turn things up a notch with a homemade chocolate ganache option. These cookies are probably my favorite sweet of all time, so I decided to make them myself - jam variety for me and mom, chocolate ganache for hangry bf and dad.  Treat yourself to these decadent cookies for Fat Tuesday before the fasting begins!

Word Up, Home Skillet Rice

When You're Feeling Lazy AF

I'll keep this short because Hangry waits for no one.  When you're exhausted, it's still dark out before 6pm and the groundhog has been a little bitch and run back to his den, you want a quick and easy dinner to eat as fast as possible. So - chop everything up; toss it all in a skillet; throw some cheese on top; and dinner = served. You're welcome.

 

Soup's On!

No soup for you? Make your own!

Soup.  One of my most frequent cravings.  I'm not picky either - I like all the soups: noodle, tomato, bisque, chowda', vegetable, lentil, etc.  Soup has that magical way of making you feel cozy and happy - a memory associated with the comfort of my childhood.  One thing I love about soup is that you can basically take whatever you have in your fridge and pantry and turn it into soup - so that's what I've done below!  Check out three of my favorites - Butternut Squash, Broccoli Cheddar, and Zuppa Toscana -  with topping variations to keep leftovers interesting!

Perfect Sunday Roast

Superbowl Sunday Victory

The big game is just days away! I am all about eating the typical Super Bowl snacks like fried chicken, buffalo wings, potato skins, nachos, etc. - BUT - I am really trying to be kind to my almost 30 waistline.  SO - I will be making my favorite Sunday Roast - it's totally amazing, with a slowly simmered onion gravy and tangy/peppery arugula salad.  I promise if you make this for your game-day groupies, they will be singing your praises all night.  Keep reading for the how-to.