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Lox’ing it up at Greg’s Bagels

January 30, 2009 at 8:55 am | Posted in Brunch | 6 Comments

I was craving some delicious breakfast food on Saturday morning and so Voldemort accompanied me on this insane lox excursion to Greg’s Bagels! We had alot of it and it was fantastic.

Apparently back in the day Greg was a paper pusher and then one day he up and quit and decided to start a bagel place! He is originally from NYC and those roots come in handy for these divine bagels. I have been here numerous times before this visit and it never falls short! When you visit, you can see crazy cool Greg running around, and definitely ask him for advice on what to get. They make all of their own smoked salmon and they claim that their assortment is the largest in North America! Check out the amazing selections we got below.

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January Daring Baker’s Challenge: Tuiles

January 29, 2009 at 8:12 am | Posted in Daring Bakers, Dessert | 21 Comments

This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake my Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by AngΓ©lique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

I paired this with my favorite sweet from Florence, Italy – pine nut gelato with a recipe I adapted from Clotilde!

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Dim Sum at Mark’s Duck House

January 27, 2009 at 11:48 am | Posted in Brunch, Travels | 8 Comments

My buddy Becca was in town last weekend before the Inauguration and we ventured to DC for a day and night to celebrate her sister Jes’ birthday! DC was definitely insane and there was a palpable energy in the air everywhere we went.Β  These ladies are definitely cultured in the realm of Asian dining and could not stop saying how excited they were for Dim Sum on Sunday! I thought to myself -What the heck is Dim Sum??Β  Well my devoted readers all I need to say is that Dim Sum is AWESOME.

We trekked around the capital beltway to Falls Church and found ourselves in a non-descript shopping center. A Chinese friend of Jessica’s has family in the area and whenever they have large family gatherings they order out from Mark’s Duck House! That was all of the recommendation we needed to seek this place out!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

January 26, 2009 at 11:53 am | Posted in Dessert, Entertainment | 2 Comments

Alot of my buddies from JHU are graduating with their chemistry PhD’s and I am so proud! I brought these to one celebration/ birthday party and they were well received! I thought cupcakes would be perfect to celebrate with and they require no utensils! So somehow I got the idea that I needed to make red-velvet cupcakes, and instantly thought back to Nicole’s beautiful cake.

So I graciously nabbed that recipe and made these beauties! Thank you Nicole for the perfect recipe and congrats Kim, James, Renee, and CJ!

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Orange & Chocolate Madeleines

January 23, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Dessert | 8 Comments

These delightful french treats were made especially for my Auntie Helen‘s 48th Birthday! Who can deny the amazingness of the combination of orange and chocolate? Not I! They are incredibly moist and delicate cookies and with the decadent dark chocolate, they are surely going to be gobbled up pronto!

I was trying to think of a sweet little foodie gift for my auntie (who by the way is one of my biggest blog cheerleaders and I am SO THANKFUL for that) and this recipe popped into my head. I wanted to bring it to the next level and thats where the chocolate came in!

The madeleine delivery service was in full action last night, and from what I gathered, these turned out great! Check out the recipe below and a precious photo of her. πŸ˜€ Happy Birthday Auntie!

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Lentil Soup with Rosemary Foccacia Bread

January 19, 2009 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Cookbooks, Dinner | 4 Comments

These last couple weeks have been getting mighty cold. So whats the best remedy for a chilly and blustery Sunday?? – Hearty soup and fresh bread of course!

I went into the New Best Recipe for inspiration and came out with two recipes I am surely going to come back to alot! I had extra rosemary from recipes last week and lentils from a couple of months ago, so combine that with some bacon and other things, A La Warm Dinner!

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Dark Chocolate Toffee Oatmeal Cookies

January 15, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Dessert | 2 Comments

I would like these cookies to also be known as the cookies we made without an egg! Yep, Bernadette and I decided last week that we needed dessert and got all excited about these fun ingredients and then we realized we had no eggs. 😦 Soooo, we improvised! And what resulted was a thin and tasty cookie! πŸ˜€

Now this recipe was made on the fly, but lets see if I can recreate it below…
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Rosemary Pork Tenderloin with Seasonal Roasted Vegetables

January 12, 2009 at 10:10 am | Posted in Dinner | 3 Comments

Top Chef was back this past Wednesday! I used the occasion as my normal excuse to make a “nice” dinner during the week. I have been seriously craving roasted vegetables and I was ready to try a “new” protein so alas, this dinner came to fruition beautifully!

I picked up some carrots, parsnips and purple fingerling potatoes from Wegman’s for my roasting pleasure and then a nice 3 buck pork tenderloin. I love cheap delicious meat! My sous chef (Voldemort is leaving the dark side? what??) realized a honeycrisp apple would pair nicely so we added that into the mix! Check out the recipe below.

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Ina’s White Pizza with Arugula

January 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Cookbooks, Dinner | 4 Comments

This past Saturday’s afternoon was spent lounging around watching football and drinking some delicious refreshments. Instead of ordering Papa John’s like I sometimes do when I am feeling incredibly lazy, I thought- hey! I’ll just make pizza and Petunia can help too!

I opened up my new cookbook (thanks Mom!), Back to Basics and poof- there laid my dinner! We decided to make 3 pizzas- one with the arugula, one with a tomato sauce and sauteed mushrooms and one with caramelized onions and sundried tomatoes!

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DuClaw Brewery & Restaurant

January 4, 2009 at 9:07 am | Posted in Dinner, Travels | Leave a comment

Last Sunday I joined my old buddies for lunch at DuClaw! Whenever our pal P is in town from Chicago, we always go here! It’s in a central meeting spot for all of us, the beer is pretty good (try the 31!) and the food is tasty. What more can you ask??

Awhile back this place had a fire but they redid the inside nicely and its a fun place to go for either happy hour or for a meal. Check out our lunch dishes below!

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