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!
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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, 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!
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!).
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!